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    early .303

    I seem to have been a bit of dumping ground for my family over the years and have ended up with a varity of .303 stuff, Iv found homes for a fair bit of it but kept a bit. Never really been a fan and dont know much about them so can anyone add some history to this stuff?

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    The sight on the left has a rotating aperture with 6 different size holes and indents on the windage and elevation adjustments.
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    @Tertle
    Obviously made by BSA in 1901
    The VR stands for Victoria Regina, manufactured while Queen Victoria was on the throne
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    He nui to ngaromanga, he iti to putanga.

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    i dont know shit about them but i do know shes a tidy looking old girl hows it shoot

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    Iv never fired it, apparently it shot well with this MKVI ammo

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    dont part with her...looks to be in very good nick and close to origonal. the apertures made them very accurate, could be mistaken but appears to be a mk1... LE Think it might well be a long tom.

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    Yip, MLE, with volley sights.

    No bolt cover though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogfeatures View Post
    Yip, MLE, with volley sights.

    No bolt cover though.
    Is that it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    dont part with her...looks to be in very good nick and close to origonal. the apertures made them very accurate, could be mistaken but appears to be a mk1... LE Think it might well be a long tom.
    Yeah maybe, Im not a collector though and I dont usually hang onto things I dont have a use for.
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    looks like it,kept the sand and crap out,I see the magazine cut off still there too,plurry handy if you drop the mag,easy to use as single shot.
    ok so if you do sell it please do so to a good home,those old girls in that nick are getting rarer and rarer
    look up "Galipoli sight" to read about the apertures early useage.

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    Ta , Ill do that.
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    Just make sure you clean the barrel out if you shoot any old ammo. They like boiling hot water as it gets out all the corrosive stuff left in the bore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneeze View Post
    Is that it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRST View Post
    Just make sure you clean the barrel out if you shoot any old ammo. They like boiling hot water as it gets out all the corrosive stuff left in the bore.
    I doubt Ill put any rounds through it. Never thought much about the rifle back then but all my early years hunting I used a .303 with a lot of millsurp, as did most in the community, Id never never heard of the boiling water thing till the internet came along, we used stephen youngs 303 oil, never forget the smell.
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    Gorgeous old girl! Just woken up, on night shift mode and had 3 - 4 hours sleep so brain is just kicking into gear, flick me some more photos of the areas with the proof and inspectors marks, looks as if rebarrelled in 1912 I will be able to tell you more, nice looking rifle, send as many images as you like to admin@allaboutenfields.co.nz, just an aside boiling water was extremely popular as it removed the corrosive salts from the mil ammo which is very corrosive, I've even a metal funnel specifically used for that very thing sitting around here somewhere, right I'm going back to bed!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tertle View Post
    Gorgeous old girl! Just woken up, on night shift mode and had 3 - 4 hours sleep so brain is just kicking into gear, flick me some more photos of the areas with the proof and inspectors marks, looks as if rebarrelled in 1912 I will be able to tell you more, nice looking rifle, send as many images as you like to admin@allaboutenfields.co.nz, just an aside boiling water was extremely popular as it removed the corrosive salts from the mil ammo which is very corrosive, I've even a metal funnel specifically used for that very thing sitting around here somewhere, right I'm going back to bed!!!!
    Thanks @Tertle Ill do that when I get a chance.
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