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    First (only?) edition of Ian Skennerton's...

    First (only?) edition of Ian Skennerton's "Australian Service Longarms"; signed and numbered. Bought when first released, No idea what they sell for these days. Over the years I have bought most of...
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    The P-14 was built on the design of the P-13,...

    The P-14 was built on the design of the P-13, which, in turn, was built around the outrageous .276 Enfield cartridge. That cartridge was a Cordite-fueled, rimless, almost equivalent of the 7mm Rem...
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    Bear also in mind that 1n 1903, the standard ball...

    Bear also in mind that 1n 1903, the standard ball ammo was Mk Vl and the experts spent a LOT of effort on weird barrel lapping regimes to try to get the muzzle velocity from the shorter SMLE back up...
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    Remember that the "SMLE" was adopted with the...

    Remember that the "SMLE" was adopted with the Patt, '03 bayonet; i.e., a re-jigged Patt '88 bayonet. Thus the "assembly" was shorter than the L.E rifle with Patt '88 attached.

    This was deemed...
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    Thanks for that!

    Thanks for that!
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    Step away from teh Arisakas! If yours have a...

    Step away from teh Arisakas!

    If yours have a "reddish hue", and are in overall "excellent" condition, with the timber slightly rough, they are likely as "original" as you will get.

    The Japanese...
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    Portuguese 7.92 x 57 ammo matters.

    I have just been given a bag of 7.92 x 57 ammo; about 150 rounds.

    It is a bit "grubby" but not corroded. By the marks on the cases, it has been stripped out of MG 34 / 42-type belts.

    Headstamp...
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    As for the "red" colour: I recall that the...

    As for the "red" colour:

    I recall that the Japanese treated the timber with Potassium Permanganate as a mould / rot inhibitor. Creosote works but it has a rather distinctive smell and is a nasty...
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    The cartridges are supposed to be used to dispose...

    The cartridges are supposed to be used to dispose of the cats. (eg. 22-250 Ackley Improved,w. 60gn Hornady HP). Did "Felix" do a "pre-emptive Karma" thing?
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    If your K-31 barrel is shabby and you cannot find...

    If your K-31 barrel is shabby and you cannot find a NOS replacement, any good gun-plumber could run up a replacement in blued or stainless. I might cost more than a whole new K-31, but them's the...
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    Just be careful. Drag out your screw-pitch gauges...

    Just be careful. Drag out your screw-pitch gauges and see what you REALLY have.

    LOTS of Mausers were made on BRITISH machines using "Imperial" (and VERY British threads). This was because Britain...
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    Makers codes are used to identify the guilty...

    Makers codes are used to identify the guilty bastards if a bunch of parts is defective.
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    Double Post!!

    Double Post!!
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    Also note that, for MOST No1 rifle production,...

    Also note that, for MOST No1 rifle production, there was ONE size of bolt-head.

    HOWEVER, there was enough "tolerance" in the production method to functionally produce a small "range" of sizes. The...
  15. Or, as Mark Twain succinctly put it: "It ain’t...

    Or, as Mark Twain succinctly put it:

    "It ain’t what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure, that just ain't so".
  16. Not just "close": 7.7 x 56R WAS .303. It was...

    Not just "close": 7.7 x 56R WAS .303.

    It was part of the package adopted by the Imperial Japanese Navy when they "adopted" most of their Naval technology, equipment, uniforms, and 'traditions"...
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    Stab in the dark. Oz? MF is not often seen on...

    Stab in the dark.

    Oz? MF is not often seen on "big stuff"; maybe they just made the cases to be filled elsewhere?

    76mm for the gun on the Saladin Armoured Car, the turret thereof fitted on top...
  18. If the woodwork is sleek and glossy, it has been...

    If the woodwork is sleek and glossy, it has been worked over.

    NEW factory wood is slightly "fuzzy" so the shooters wet hands do not slip and so that the furniture does not glint in the sunlight....
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    See if can find "Mauser" style clips for either...

    See if can find "Mauser" style clips for either 6.5 x 55 or 7.5 French. Both of these cartridges share with the 7.5 Swiss, the characteristic of a "bigger than standard" head diameter. Obviously only...
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    There was a fair bit of "Mix-n'-Match in service....

    There was a fair bit of "Mix-n'-Match in service.

    Is it numbered on the bayonet boss or is it "scrubbed" or "blank" original? If it is not numbered to the body, it will have been fitted after it...
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    It depends on the loading, the factory and the...

    It depends on the loading, the factory and the vintage of the ammo.

    If the .303 ammo has a .250", copper-coloured primer, it is mercuric AND corrosively primed AND, unless head stamped "Z", will...
  22. RCS: Henry Lawson wrote a poem about how every...

    RCS: Henry Lawson wrote a poem about how every man should keep a rifle behind the door.

    I think you are over-achieving just a tad, both in quantity and "style".

    Nice set!.
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    With reloads, there are a couple of things to...

    With reloads, there are a couple of things to watch, apart from how much powder you are shoveling in.

    Firstly, overall case length. Within a couple of sizings and reloadings, the cases will...
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    In retrospect, did you mean "No4" trigger in a...

    In retrospect, did you mean "No4" trigger in a No1?

    Never tried that, but have done several fittings of the "groovy" No.1 trigger in No.4 rifles, including No.4 Mk ll types. I just prefer the feel...
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    Do you want "slick" racing-spec or Mil Spec? ...

    Do you want "slick" racing-spec or Mil Spec?

    Is the collar around the front trigger-guard screw present and of nominally correct length?

    Is the sear / mag catch spring up to original spec?
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