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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    So she cleaned up pretty good, bore is a bit frosty but rifling looks intact from one end to the other. I was not able to remove the barreled action from the stock, screws were not going to budge without damage. Going to try a little penetrating oil.
    Found a few other markings, left side front receiver ring has a large X under a crown with a L on top of the X and a P underneath. Also an A with II under it. proof marks I assume.
    No import marks to be found.
    On the bottom of the stock wrist is SLAZ with a U under it.
    The bolt handle has J3148 as well as the receiver directly under it.
    Bolt head had some #'s but I forgot to write them down.
    That's all I can find. Over all, pretty dang happy with my find.

    Sako
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,750 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Weather permitting I am going to shoot this one tomorrow. with luck headspace will be good.
    Sako

    Measure the case length after shooting it. If it stretches a lot, try getting a bolt head, or perhaps finding someone who will mill you a washer, if that's possible.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Miami, FL almost in the USA ;)Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    More pictures!!!

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Late to the party (school & all) but DEFINITELY a :yousuck: is in order for that one

    Nice score :worthy:

    Thank you.
    Sako
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    More pictures!!!

    D

    I'll get some more tomorrow at the range.
    Sako
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Under a logPosts: 27,457 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Thanks, I will get some and give it a try.
    Sako

    I love Simple Green. It cuts crud, grease, oil, and dirt well. And it isn't harsh chemical so it's easy on your skin and whatever you're cleaning. And it has a pleasant smell, which could be important if you're married! :roll2:
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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Western PAPosts: 8,233 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Thanks,
    They are so ugly but beautiful at the same time.
    And I don't ever recall seeing any of your stuff "greasy"
    Sako
    If I could have squeezed that MK1 stock into a grease gun I would have been set for a year. The 03A3 is STILL leeching cosmo and I have tried everything except boiling it whole in lye.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • StenfieldStenfield Member PennsylvaniaPosts: 41 Member
    Wrap it rags stick it in a black garbage bag and put it in the rear window of ur car on a hot sunny day with the windows up
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Western PAPosts: 8,233 Senior Member
    Stenfield wrote: »
    Wrap it rags stick it in a black garbage bag and put it in the rear window of ur car on a hot sunny day with the windows up
    BTDT a few times. Baked it on the back porch, simple green, Dawn, ect ect ect. It has gotten better, but when it lays at the range while I am pulling butts, it gets a sheen all over again, every time, for the 9 years that I have been shooting it in competition.
    Not my first milsurp.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • StenfieldStenfield Member PennsylvaniaPosts: 41 Member
    Yeah some just wont quit weeping. I've had a few like that worst was a SKS
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,750 Senior Member
    I had a P 14 that was greasy to the max. I used Easy Off oven cleaner, let it work, and hosed it off. Did a great job.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Western PAPosts: 8,233 Senior Member
    Done that. Its way inside.
    I figure that I will keep taking it to competition until it stops leeching. At this rate I will be way to old to shoot it at that point.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Some of those MILSURPS nook and crannies have a lot of Cosmoline packed in places you wouldn't believe. I've had a few that started dripping grease after firing.

    Some stocks are like a sponge.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • calebibcalebib Senior Member ColoradoPosts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Very nice! I'm looking for one of those to build a recreation of a Lee Speed sporting rifle.
  • StenfieldStenfield Member PennsylvaniaPosts: 41 Member
    Make sure when you tear her down for cleaning to remove the forestock first as the #3 has a keeper plate at the back of the forestock that a tab on the buttstock bolt engages other wise you can cause damage to your stock!!!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Won't win any beauty contests, but they are great rifles.

    Top, my Long Branch .303

    Bottom my Ishapore .308

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    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • shushshush Senior Member This Sceptical Isle.Posts: 6,259 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    Very nice! I'm looking for one of those to build a recreation of a Lee Speed sporting rifle.

    As I am sure you know, the BSA Lee Speed Sporting Rifles came in .303, .315 india (8x50R Austrian ) and .375 2 1/2" NE.

    Would you keep it a .303 or go for a re-bore?
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,659 Senior Member
    Bump to see if you shot it yet
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,753 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Bump to see if you shot it yet

    Sorry but no, got rained out again:bang:

    Sako
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Central MNPosts: 14,659 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Sorry but no, got rained out again:bang:

    Sako

    Me too, MHS would like me to shoot an elk in 13 days and I am dealing with rain also.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Sorry but no, got rained out again:bang:

    Sako[/QUOTE

    Hey, them old warhorses have withstood a lot more than some rain!

    It's us who can't take the punishment :jester:
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Somewhere north of MozambiquePosts: 6,637 Senior Member
    BTDT a few times. Baked it on the back porch, simple green, Dawn, ect ect ect. It has gotten better, but when it lays at the range while I am pulling butts, it gets a sheen all over again, every time, for the 9 years that I have been shooting it in competition.
    Not my first milsurp.

    If heat brings it out, you might try talking to a local auto body place and see if they'll put it in with their cars when they are on bake cycle. Might help speed up that process anyway.


    Nice score Tom!
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  • bigedp51bigedp51 New Member Posts: 4 New Member
    I lost a postal Enfield match to the Australians several years ago in our Enfield forum. The next day I posted the photo below showing the Ozmanics how I felt about loosing the match and bayoneting a koala bear target.

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    My small collection below.

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    The only problem I have with any of my Enfield rifles is the barrel overheating when I fire long bursts.

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    There is nothing better than a day at the range with a Enfield rifle and then getting home and having the best beer in North America.

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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,750 Senior Member
    I'd kinda like to have a No 4. It has a heavier barrel than a No 1 and a different trigger, or so I've read. I had a No 1 action that was like new but the gun had been Bubbaed and cut off at the forestock. It was given to me so I had no money in it. When I found a Ishapore rifle with a bad bore for $75 I bought it. Had a great stock. So I wound up with a very fine No 1 rifle. As I recall, the fore wood fit well.

    I remember back when I was a teen, you could buy No 1s for $15. They had boxes of them in my small town, and a lot of them were sold. I couldn't afford one then and there were very few deer to hunt anyway.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member A true 'Southerner'. NZPosts: 8,401 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Oh, I know a certain fellow from New Zealand who would LOVE a link to this target.

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    Sorry cpj................I like Koala bears................Aussies not so much.
    Having said that, we regard Aussies as our own personal 'whipping boys' etc. We will insult, fight and make fun of them to our hearts content, and our rivalry is unmatched.....................until someone else has a go at them. If that happens we will fight to the death to defend them and they will do the same for us.

    Long live the ANZACS!

    ( Just don't call a Kiwi an Aussie and vice versa)
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • bigedp51bigedp51 New Member Posts: 4 New Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    Sorry cpj................I like Koala bears................Aussies not so much.
    Having said that, we regard Aussies as our own personal 'whipping boys' etc. We will insult, fight and make fun of them to our hearts content, and our rivalry is unmatched.....................until someone else has a go at them. If that happens we will fight to the death to defend them and they will do the same for us.

    Long live the ANZACS!

    ( Just don't call a Kiwi an Aussie and vice versa)

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,280 Senior Member
    bigedp51 wrote: »

    My small collection below.

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    I hate you....
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  • stepmacstepmac Member Posts: 172 Member
    I guess I have half a dozen of them. Even the MkVII, which shoots around corners. Of course, I paid nearly nothing for mine, since I bought them in the 60's and early 70's. They were almost free, maybe $35, max. I'd removed the wood and soak them in gasoline or kerosene and scrub off the goo. Then I'd steam them with an iron pressed onto a wet wash clothe. It'd raise most of the dings. All of my SMLE's have mint bores, most, except for the carbine shoot fine. However the Indian variant shoots key holes, but I think I was using lousy ammo. You need the bayonet to make the rifle look super cool. They shoot pretty hard, and kick like a mule. Frankly I like the K98K better.
  • stepmacstepmac Member Posts: 172 Member
    Back in the 50's the rifles (like new) cost $25 and a case of MkVII's about the same. I'd sit on a lake bank and toss in coke cans and shoot them with my SMLE. It'd kick a 6' geyser! Really, fun. I'd like to do it again today.
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