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Brian B
04-18-2011, 07:07 PM
I was lucky enough to stumble across and purchase this DCRA Long Branch over the weekend. It has had a very glossy coating of varnish put on it and looks as though it was drilled and tapped prior to being upgraded to DCRA status. Had been through a FTR as well. The numbers on the side of the receiver are stamped twice in different fonts but appear to be "3231". It is stamped once in larger font on the side near the Long Branch stamping and then again under the PH5C sight. Buttstock has a disc, which I wouldn't think would be correct for the rifle.

It has a matching "40 and Maple Leaf" on the receiver ring, bolt and barrel. Has a very shiny bore and the PH5C sight is very nice as well. Has a 7.62 magazine and Parker Hale sling swivel and a Parker Hale front blade site.

Stock is glass bedded. Trigger pull is clean and crisp. Here is a link to additional pictures:

Canadian DCRA Rifle pictures by BBrown3407 - Photobucket (http://s262.photobucket.com/albums/ii90/BBrown3407/Canadian%20DCRA%20Rifle/)

Any and all insight and comments are appreciated.

Thank you,

Brian

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newcastle
04-19-2011, 08:31 PM
mine is identical. you may find that the coating is also a stain to make the wood of stock and butt look the same. this is the case with mine, which is also glass bedded. Ridiculously accurate rifle if I do my part.

Surpmil
04-20-2011, 01:16 AM
Interesting rifle. Maple forened for stabilty/rigidity, more tidy bedding than many. Crossbolt substituted in forend tieplate rivet hole: seen on these sometimes.

Butt marking disc is odd, but not impossible if a very early butt.

Seen plenty of range time by the look of it. Perhaps mostly in .303 though.

If I were you I would try to find out who it belonged to and how it was acquired from Canada.

Brian B
04-20-2011, 03:10 AM
Thank you both for the comments and for the additional information. What is the significance of the "3231" stamped on the right side of the action? Is it the DCRA rifle number? What is the significance of the "40"? Are these assembly numbers?

Thank you,

Brian

Peter Laidler
04-20-2011, 05:26 AM
That rear 3211 that's been savagely punched into the body indicates to me that the puncher didn't know that he was stamping into the weak part of the body just above the left hand side locking lug recess.. That's why we NEVER stamped the body (except fotr the 'T' close to the bridge). We only ever engraved the body side

Brian Dick
04-20-2011, 04:40 PM
40 is the conversion number. The tricorner maple leaf is a Canadian technical services proof. The receivers were all tested for cracks during the 7.62 conversion process. I don't know the significance of the terrible 3231 stamped on the left side of the receiver. Are there holes that are either plugged with headless screws or welded on the side of the receiver? It sure looks that way in the photos. They were probably for a side scope base that was installed at some time during it's civilian life.

Brian B
04-21-2011, 02:44 AM
Brian and Peter,

Thanks for your input and insight. It looks like it had been drilled and tapped for a scope and later had the holes filled in. Can't figure out why the "3231" is stamped two times on the side of the receiver.

Brian B

airborn_69
04-21-2011, 08:41 PM
Awesome!