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Old April 3, 2008, 10:06 AM   #1
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Old .303

My brother-in-law recently gave an old .303 to my son. Only problem is that it was in a bag. I got it together, but I'm no gunsmith. Is there a resource online that gives exploded views of these rifles? Also, is there a reputable gunsmith in the DFW area that can tell me if this thing will blow up when i fire it the first time?
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Old April 3, 2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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Try, rifleman.org.uk, nice site gives much info on the 303. Or just do a google search there is a ton of info on the smle. good luck TF
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Old April 3, 2008, 01:35 PM   #3
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How much of it was in a bag? Maybe we can help.
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Old April 3, 2008, 07:14 PM   #4
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Which model of .303? There are several. Go here. There are assembly/disassembly pages with pictures(right side column) for the No. 1 Mk III Lee-Enfield, the No.'s 4 & 5 Lee-Enfields plus the U.S. Pattern 17/14 rifle. The Pattern 17 is chambered in .30-06, but it's the same rifle. The Pattern 14 is chambered in .303 British.
http://www.surplusrifle.com/index.asp
Once assembled, take it to a smithy to have the headspace checked. No shooting it until you do. You can buy the guages from Brownell's and do it yourself too. It's not at all difficult.
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Old April 4, 2008, 08:34 PM   #5
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Awesome

Thanks for all the help. I got it all together, and I will definitely take it to a smithy! I did find out that it is a No 4 MK I ROK from 1943.
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Old April 5, 2008, 01:50 AM   #6
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Hi. Any stamps on it?
When you get that far, go here for the best .303 site on the net. Load dat a et al. http://www.303british.com/
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Old April 5, 2008, 04:10 PM   #7
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I gotta get with the program... My first thought when I saw this thread was ".303 Savage" lol!
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