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    Semi Auto .303

    For sale locally, jes thought you'd like to see. I've never heard of this one!

    'Globe co semi auto 303 in good working order -based on a russian svt40 modified by globe co after the war. -very very rare.
    good to point and shoot -low recoil.
    also know as a Mohawk 555 '

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    Shortened SVT magazine? Seems that it would have to be narrowed internally as well.

    Most importantly, for my purposes, anyway: is the chamber fluted??? (Maybe you can ask, if it's not yours.) I've an SVT-40 that has a sever pipe bore and a Bubba-Moisin scope mount set-up that I bought just to get the SVT-38 magazine. I had no idea what to do w/ it, but this sounds interesting.

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    What does a 'fluted chamber' mean?

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    W/ thanks to Ireload2, here's a link showing the idea:

    Lubrication of cases - Military Surplus Collectors Forums


    This might be a general discussion item rather than Lee-Enfield, but it IS a .303" SAA conversion that's being contemplated...
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    It is shortened SVT mag. IIRC, they were reduced to a 4 round capacity. The rifles were built on butchered Finn-captured rifles with Lee-Enfield barrels installed.

    The pictured rifle is missing the shortened hand guard.

    They were made in Canadaicon so they're not terribly rare here. They're not very highly regarded, though. Many have horrible bores due to less than knowledgable shooters failing to clean them properly after shooting surplus corrosive ammo.
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    Aside from the "ruin't" bores and the sporter styling , what's wrong w/ them? I was thinking of leaving all the military furniture on- "stock" looking , but in 303. The chamber flutes are what concern me, haven't quite figured a good "one-off" way to do it In either 7.62x54r or .303" Britishicon.

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    The Globe rifles I've seen haven't been very reliable. They've had feeding/extraction issues and one my buddy had quite often emptied the mag with one pull. IMO, the shortened gas system doesn't help, either. AFAIK, the fluting had more to do with the steel cased ammo than overly harsh extraction.

    I'm sure you could do one in stock configuration with a SMLE barrel and end up with a decent rifle.

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    Got playing w/ the 303 Britishicon SVT concept some:

    The smaller rim means the round is presented at a lower angle to the chamber- bullet noses crash the end of the barrel.

    SVT-40 magazine feed lips are a bit long as the shoulder on the 303 is further fwd. SVT-38 feed lips are better suited for the conversion, IF stock mags are to be used.

    Might try an aftermarket SVT mag for "butchery" purposes.
    However, I'm thinking BREN mags might be the best option. Might shorten a few to 10 rds or so if it pans out, though.

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    Stevo and I have had this discussion before. I've had a couple of those conversions. They all worked quite well and were reliable as the ammunition that went into them as well as was mentioned the proper care.
    With the tons of corrosive ammunition available at the time the rifles came out, many uninitiated shooters, shot and forgot. This led to all sorts of problems. Some, cleaned the bores but left the gas system dirty. Because of this, the rifles got an undeserved reputation.

    I didn't know that the barrels were replacements. It surprises me. It would have been easy to just take off the existing barrels, set them back and clean up the chambers. The rifles I had, didn't leave any fluting marks on the necks. They extracted reliably and fed well from the existing mag.

    They were quite light and well finished. Above all, ammunition was abundant and cheap. I quite liked them. I should have held on to at least one. They came in a couple of different grades as well. Some had very pretty stocks with rosewood fore end caps and pistol grip caps. The higher end rifles, usually had some sort of after market walnut stocks as well. They weren't just cobbled together.

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    What w/ the price of original SVT mags these days, I'll see if the aftermarket option can be "tweaked" enough to be reliable. The rest looks fairly straight forward. The BREN mag conversion looks very do-able, but I've never really liked very high capacity mags underneath a weapon- side or top seems better-at least until it's time to swap empty for full.

    Just looking for something to do w/ this Bubba'd rifle besides parting it out!

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