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How do you tell the age of a 303 lee enfield?

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2009-12-20 07:58:21
2009-12-20 07:58:21

It should have a date on the right side of the vertical part of the receiver, right behind the bolt handle. It will have date, serial number, and factory mark. One of mine is 1916 (serial number) BsA (Birmingham Small Arms Company).

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See the link below to a good Wikipedia article on the Lee Enfield. There are several DIFFERENT .303 Enfield rifles.


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I bought mine for $228 Canadian


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Bolt action military rifle, most commonly in caliber .303 British.


There were 4 different .303 Enfield rifles made for the military, and others for civilian use. The link below will take you to an article of serial number blocks for different rifles.


I'm thinking it was primarily the .303 Lee Enfield, but I may be wrong....


The standard issue weapons were... Webley revolver in .455 Webley Short Magazine Lee Enfield No. 1 Mk III in 7.7x56R (.303 British) Enfield P'14 in 7.7x56R (.303 British) Vickers machine gun in 7.7x56R (.303 British)


303 was the .303 inch diameter bullet that was fired by the Short Magazine Lee Enfield- or SMLE. Standard rifle of the British military from 1907 to the1960s, and still in limited use today.



yes there were for example the Mosin–Nagant M1891 7.62 and the Lee-Enfield .303


is it a british 308 lee enfield or an emergency US 30-06 lee enfield? makes a difference.


if it is .303 there was one clip at a pawn shop several years ago in cummins ga springfield sporters is a good place on the web to find enfield parts


Standard issue rifle for British Commenwealth troops (which included the Anzacs) was the .303 calibre Lee Enfield rifle.


The Lee Enfield .303 bolt action rifle and the Lewis machine gun


The Lee-Enfield .303 Mk.1 and other variants to the SMLE Mk.III.


The British Infantryman was armed with a British Lee/Enfield .303 caliber bolt action rifle.


There have been several rifles made as military rifles in caliber .303 British (.303 Enfield) The most common have been the SMLR (Short, Magazine, Lee-Enfield) known as the No 1 Mk III, and it successor, the No4 Mk I. The link at the bottom of the page will take you to a website on surplus military arms, Scroll down the left side to the rifle you want, and it will take you to an article on that rifle, with photos. Can't tell you much from a serial number alone. ENGLAND is an import requirement, telling you which country it was made it.


Dozens of models of Lee-Enfields were made from the late 1800's up to the mid 1970's. Without more definition of what model you have, it is impossible to answer your question.


$50 to over $1000. You didn't give any specifics to help narrow it down. All we know is that it's a rifle in .303 British service... presumably, it's probably going to be a Short Magazine Lee Enfield, but we don't know the specific model, what country it was manufactured in (SMLEs were manufactured in many countries), or even if it is an SMLE.. it could be a Lee-Metford, it could be an Enfield Pattern 14 rifle, for all we know, it could even be a Canadian-made Ross rifle.


No such rifle. The Lee Enfield was made in caliber .303 British, not .308. The closest thing would be the Ishapore 2A or 2A1 rifle, made in caliber 7.62 NATO. While similar the .308 Winchester, it is not the same, and .308 should not be fired in a 7.62 NATO rifle. The Lee Enfield "sniper" rifle in .303, if original and complete (and not an aftermarket conversion) may sell for around $1500, depending on condition and accesories. There are many fakes on the market- be sure of what you are buying.



No, it is not. It is roughly comparable with the Springfield 30-06 or the British Lee Enfield .303


".303 British" is usually used to denote a caliber, as opposed to a specific firearm. Perhaps the most famous rifle in that caliber was the SMLE, which is the abbreviation for Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield. There were several marks and models of British military rifles that originated under that designation, all in that caliber. They were made from prior to WW I, and continued through the Commonwealth nations (and former Commonwealth nations) into about the 1960s. So, yes, the caliber .303 British and the Enfield name are linked- but Enfield is not the full name of the rifles and carbines. Run a Wikipedia search on SMLE for some more reading.



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