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    273 is a good, round (so to speak) number!

    273 is a good, round (so to speak) number!
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    Regarding the "rust" issue: I suspect that is...

    Regarding the "rust" issue:

    I suspect that is why the Brit sniper chests have a serious internal paint-job.

    Also why they are called "TRANSIT" chests, not "STORAGE" chests.

    In a military...
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    The three No4 (T)s set it off nicely! Rock 'n...

    The three No4 (T)s set it off nicely!

    Rock 'n Roll "flight-case" fittings are good on these kinds of projects, too.
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    One interesting point is that the "auxiliary...

    One interesting point is that the "auxiliary spring" is also a hangover from a spring system used in early Trials rifles in lieu of a rectangular spring formed in rather modern style, from...
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    How about this one? At least one of the...

    How about this one?

    At least one of the sample-made OMCs was made and tested in .380 Revolver, as DEMANDED by the loonies at the pointy end of Defence bureaucracy..

    It featured an appropriately...
  6. I vaguely recall that therewere some "issues"...

    I vaguely recall that therewere some "issues" with the 8mm Egyptian 49's; essentially with the absence of the striker block mechanism.

    Back when FN-49's were just about being given away (late...
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    Just to get you on the range, there are some...

    Just to get you on the range, there are some original and "aftermarket knock-offs" of Indian 2A1 mags that can be easily "blacksmithed" to work in a No4 action.

    Genuine L-42A1 mags or even the...
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    Not really a bayonet guy, however, my reading of...

    Not really a bayonet guy, however, my reading of the drawings, etc, is this:

    The "Machete" bayonet was officially called the "Bayonet, Parachutist' and was originally intended for the "Rifle,...
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    "Yes, the SAF target Rifle saga was sad indeed....

    "Yes, the SAF target Rifle saga was sad indeed. The Omark was the better rifle."

    And it was at that point that the "Rifle Cubs" who were LEGALLY, (Defence Act 1910), the third level of the defence...
  10. It seems to be a global truth that 'vital" ground...

    It seems to be a global truth that 'vital" ground is "vital" ground through the ages.

    Look at the Middle East,for starters The same mountain passes, water crossings, ports, etc, fought over for...
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    Shouldn't there be a charger-guide in that kit as...

    Shouldn't there be a charger-guide in that kit as well?
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    That rear trigger-guard screw is one of those...

    That rear trigger-guard screw is one of those parts perennially butchered by the "unknowing". When the rifle is seriously stripped that that little transverse screw comes out AFTER the bigger screw...
  13. The other thing about the FN 49 / FAL etc. is...

    The other thing about the FN 49 / FAL etc. is that the rear of the bolt radically changes direction of movement during lockup. Is there any indication of "friction braking caused by drag of the...
  14. .30-06 and 7.92 should have essentially identical...

    .30-06 and 7.92 should have essentially identical rim diameter and thickness.

    However, differences in extractor design may prove a small challenge.

    There seems to be pros and cons with both...
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    Many of them seem to have been shipped to India....

    Many of them seem to have been shipped to India.

    An interesting twist is that post WW2, Indian troops, apparently many toting MK V rifles, went to "French Indo-China" to deal with the surrender /...
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    Mil-spec barrel evaluation usually involved a...

    Mil-spec barrel evaluation usually involved a "target" consisting of a white background with a vertical black bar on it

    A straight barrel will show even sized and shaped reflections of the black...
  17. Look more like tool-marks caused by the gun drill...

    Look more like tool-marks caused by the gun drill or the reamer picking up swarf and scoring the bore before rifling. Insufficient coolant / lube pressure out of the cutting head of the drill or...
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    A couple of things: Lee Enfield barrels,...

    A couple of things:

    Lee Enfield barrels, especially SMLE and earlier, are nor exactly "plug and play" items.

    Then there are the intersting 'thread-spec' differences between a No 4 and all those...
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    6.5 x 55 Swede? Max OAL in the mag? ...

    6.5 x 55 Swede?

    Max OAL in the mag?

    Otherwise pretty much identical head diameter.

    Could be an interesting field and range critter.
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    A different angle: Chinese military involved...

    A different angle:

    Chinese military involved in Wuhan viral research project, finding 1,640 new viruses JoNova
  21. How many of these women are trained and qualified...

    How many of these women are trained and qualified medics? Most?

    I doubt they are going to be deployed en masse in the field as combat troops. However, if you belong to a unit that steps out of...
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    That's the stuff that was available by the pallet...

    That's the stuff that was available by the pallet here in Oz in the early / mid 1970's. Superb ammo with top-grade cases. Berdan primed (.217" eg. RWS 5608 / 5627 / Vihtavoury Kemira .217") NON...
  23. In retrospect, Tony was somewhat ahead of the...

    In retrospect, Tony was somewhat ahead of the design curve as it developed and his rifle being a "one-off" probably needed a few "refinements". I've bee party to building a few 'Tube Rifles" on...
  24. Internova A. S. R. 86 rifle, Australia

    This was a private experimental venture circa 1988-1989 in an attempt to build a more robust but relatively lightweight, bolt-actioned "sniper rifle" in 7.62 NATO chambering.

    I heard it referred...
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    Looks decidedly Indian to me: Metal markings,...

    Looks decidedly Indian to me: Metal markings, fore-end style, etc.

    The numbers painted on the butt would indicate just WHY it ended up as a "Grenade Launching Only" piece of kit.

    I guess there...
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