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    Some help with markings?

    Hi All,
    I’ve got a photo of my grandfathers rifle and we were wondering about some of the marks. And off the shelf ammunition is good for it? Or is it too hot?

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    303 bore, the rest are various proof testing marks and acceptance stamps from British Military inspectors. At least part of that is a proof test required by British law for any firearm exported from the country, they were applied to a lot of ex military rifles sold overseas post war.

    The real meat & potatoes will be stamped on the steel ‘wrist’ between the stock and forearm. They also stamped some data onto the side of the butt, rebuild dates, sold out of service dates, etc... The Aussies went overboard, the butt stock is sometimes a complete history of the rifle’s service life.

    Modern factory ammo is perfectly safe as long as the headspace is half decent and everything is in good working order. You’ll probably find it shoots surprisingly high with most factory hunting ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIR VEYOR View Post
    Hi All,
    I’ve got a photo of my grandfathers rifle and we were wondering about some of the marks. And off the shelf ammunition is good for it? Or is it too hot?

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    The older Government proof markings (Crown GR (King Georgian Reign) over crossed banner with P) are from 1918 when this Lee Enfield was first made and the other (Crowned BNP, is a post 1954 Birmingham Nitro Proof) are from later 1950/60's British Proof houses (Birmingham) that are mandated for all firearms sold into the private marketplace or for export as proscribed by a 1813 British parliament act or proof law. The other makings are the actual Birmingham Proof test (.303 bore with a 2.222" case length and passed a 18.5 tons per square inch proof load rating), the large 18 is year of manufacture (1918) and the other Crown over 3L and not clear letter (inspectors identification number) is the inspectors mark which looks like a BSA rifle manufacture mark to me.

    Is your .303 made by BSA? look on the part of the receiver directly below the bolt handle ball knob to see.
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    I’ve got a couple photos of the bolt area. Once I bounce them through the assorted devices, I’ll try to post them. Might rotate them upsid3 down to see if above the equator is possible

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