Lee Enfield MK3* 303

alberta boy

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Yes , and a P-14 Enfield , two No4's , a No5 and a Ross M-10 ........ you are not alone . I've also used M1 Garands , Moisin Nagants , SKS's , Tokarev SVT 40's , 96 and 98 Mausers , Martini Henry's , Lungman AG 42B and a few others including a Browning ( Colt ) 1918 BAR converted to semi only that I took exactly one White-Tail with , never again , too heavy and illegal these days anyway . By the way , they all worked lol .

AB
 

Southern

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1888 Commission in 8x57I
1894 Mauser in 6.5x55 Swede
1893 Marlin .44-40
1895 Winchester .30-03
1914 Lithgow Enfield .22 Trainer
1914 BSA No 1 MkIII and other No.1s
1950 No 4 MkII and other No 4s
K98, M48, Turkish and other Mausers
Plus P14, P17, 1903, 1903A3And a variety of semiautos
 
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Roro

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Used a Swedish mauser in 6.5, open sights, does the same job as a super-duper magnum with a 5-25x56 mega scope.
 

Woodsmoke

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I haven't, but I have a 'keeper friend who has a 7.62 SLR and a .303 LE. I'm sure he's used them at least once to take deer
 

alberta boy

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Used a Swedish mauser in 6.5, open sights, does the same job as a super-duper magnum with a 5-25x56 mega scope.

I love the Swedes , I have a M96/38 ( not a official designation , it's a 1905 M96 Carl Gustaf modified to M38 configuration ) with micrometer sights on it , shoots better than I can . My youngest daughter borrowed it ...... about five years ago , I'm starting to think that ones gone . These rifles were built to tighter tolerances than most of todays higher end commercial rifles , probably some of the nicest finished military rifles ever made .

AB
 

Heym SR20

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Plenty of 303s used daily all over the world. Challenge in Scotland is the 2450 FPS and that meant lots traded in their 303 and 6.5 mannlichers due to pressure from FEOs as to factory ammo not meeting the min velocity. But of course with lighter Homeloaded bullets not an issue. The lee action not the strongest or stiffest, but the work and most rifles will be accurate enough to take game at reasonable ranges.
 

Harry mac

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I've used most of my .303s for deer at one time or another.
I've got a nice 6.5mm Swede at the gunsmiths just now, and I hope to use that on a roe buck before the end of the season.
My eyes no longer deal well with open sights, and even in good light, I find it difficult to keep the fore-sight in focus; so any rifle I use for stalking has to be scoped.
 

alberta boy

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I've used most of my .303s for deer at one time or another.
I've got a nice 6.5mm Swede at the gunsmiths just now, and I hope to use that on a roe buck before the end of the season.
My eyes no longer deal well with open sights, and even in good light, I find it difficult to keep the fore-sight in focus; so any rifle I use for stalking has to be scoped.

I was wondering when you'd show up , and my eyes are in the same shape as yours .

AB
 

Cumbrian 1

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I have and use a no4 mk2 sporter whilst I can use the open sights at targets in the day time it is really difficult if the deer is in shade or cover or the light is fading (my eyes are crap) so I have had to resort to a scope.
 

alberta boy

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I have and use a no4 mk2 sporter whilst I can use the open sights at targets in the day time it is really difficult if the deer is in shade or cover or the light is fading (my eyes are crap) so I have had to resort to a scope.

What make scope mount are you using ? I had , until recently , a Parker Hale sporter built on a Longbranch ( Canadian ) No4 Mk2 . Great rifle , and a really good trigger ....... I'll miss that one .

AB
 

Roro

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I knew a fair few lads who were using ex-military rifles for deer over here, usually the excellent Swedish Mausers. Thing was they were mainly older fellas, trying to get back to basics away from the arms race of modern rifles. I did fancy doing something similar with a swiss k31, never got around to it though.
 

EssBee

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I used to stalk with a MK3 built by Savage and shipped to the UK during WW2. After the war Parker Hale restocked them with a sporting stock. I bought a scope mount from fultons at Bisley and put a weaver scope on it. Ammunition was 150 gr in Winchester brass with Vit 140 powder.
Eventually I had to replace the woo stock for a Ramline composite bought from Cabelas. Generally a nice little rifle accurate and easy on the shoulder.
 

enfieldspares

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I had, certainly, my No4 MkI conditioned for deer.

I don't recall if I had my SMLE but I knew a man who extensively used the "deluxe" version (they came in different levels of being sporterised) Parker Hale No4 on deer, bear and boar. His usual bullet was the heavier 175 grain soft point but he said that if he could get them he preferred better the older 215 grain soft point. He said it was a far better killer on red stags than the .244 H & H chambered David Lloyd rifle that he, as a result of that ineffectiveness, regretted buying.

He even shot with it (bears) in Russia in Communist times and when he believed that he might run out of ammunition went to the GUM store in Moscow with his guide. Believing that it'd be a wasted trip as why would .303 ammunition be likely to be available in Russia. When the guide asked at the counter on his behalf the assistant came back with two example boxes of Kynoch in the red and yellow boxes asking "Certainly, how much do you want? 175 grain of 215 grain."
 

cervusnippon2013

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Can anyone recommend a trader who specialises in lee enfields etc? Is there much difference looking through the iron sights of the smle and a no4 ?
 
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