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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrylee View Post
    Sorry, Zoo Keeper, can't help. I am familiar with the very obvious signs of South African barrel replacement, but in the case of your rifle would need to examine it closely before commenting further.

    Actually, if your interest in the rifle is mainly shooting it, it sounds as if you have everything you need and more. It's only us fussy collectors who might marginally prefer a good rifle with its original barrel!
    My interest is purely an emotional one, for some reason the SMLE is my favourite rifle. Yes, I will shoot it of course. I didn't buy it only to look good in the gun safe :)

    As far as i can tell the numbers all add up - on the nose cone etc. The barrel shroud has no wear, the wood is in fantastic nick, magazine looks like new. Possibly a gun left in the grease bag for 80 years...

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    Does anyone have any pictures of the SA wartime (WW II) produced .303 ammunition? Just curious to see headstamps and such. I've got some ~70 rounds of some of the last .303 ammunition produced in New Zealand.

    Colonial Ammunition Company (CAC) was its name and it went out of business in 1959 I believe. The stuff I have which I'm saving for my bolt-action match in November is from 1956.

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    Default Re: Show us your Lee Enfield

    The cartridge on the left and the tracer on the right were manufactured by the South African Mint in Pretoria. Those in between with the diamond in the headstamp came from the Kimberly branch.

    Attachment 27007

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    Thanks Terrylee.

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    Default Re: Show us your Lee Enfield

    Martini-Henry MkII
    CLLE
    LE No4Mk2


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  7. #177

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    Zoo keeper that is a beautiful rifle!!! Wife's uncle has a similar one which just stands in the safe! How accurate is it?

  8. #178

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    Quote Originally Posted by 264WinMag View Post
    Zoo keeper that is a beautiful rifle!!! Wife's uncle has a similar one which just stands in the safe! How accurate is it?
    Can hit a coke can at 100m no problem.

    I have only put a few down range and the grouping was bad due to pilot error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 264WinMag View Post
    Zoo keeper that is a beautiful rifle!!! Wife's uncle has a similar one which just stands in the safe! How accurate is it?
    I did get it an accessory - a nice pattern 07 bayonet!! I've waited a few years to get my hands on her so I'm the happiest guy around

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    Default Re: Show us your Lee Enfield

    Nice looking rifle! With a barrel in good shape I expect that it will be reasonably accurate, but unfortunately one cannot expect miracles from the S.M.L.E. design.

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