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    1945 Longbranch No4mk1*T Serial and Scope List

    I just picked up 90L8099 rifle with REL mk3 scope number 62-C. Since there is a definite likely serial range for these rifles and scopes, would there be interest in trying to list all the known (still in existence) ones, with a short comment on each? Perhaps some observations like "rear sight", savage marked parts, import marks, etc. I know a few on this board have saved up their observations on the 90L/REL mk3 scopes. Perhaps we could have a thread to share and correlate all this info?


    Notes: Where two observations are made on the same rifle, I am currently listing both but will try and correlate at a later date.

    List started 24 March2014

    [SIZE="2"]Rifle no............ Scope no.........Reported/observed by ...................Observations

    ............................6-C.................Superbee ...................... REL MK III on a brit L-42 conversion
    ......................... 12-C ................Snipershot1944 ...............have the bracket for 90L8136 with scope 12-C. Waiting for a match
    ..........................13-C.................l1a1 breakdown................on bracket marked for 90L8215. Currently on a brit rifle
    ..........................23-C.................Cold Zero.........................Highest Numbered REL No. 32 MK3
    .........................234C.................RI Auction.........................Currently on British rifle. Bracket indicates likely pairing with 90L8221
    ........................ 349-C................ Peter Laidlericon....................90L8302 rifle missing. Mk3 scope 349C now fitted to BSA No4T
    ........................ 351-C.................Peter Laidler................... recorded as being on an L42, with RHF Ft George
    90L8003............. .63-C............... 303 Collector....................butt shows scope 63C. Now has REL Mk2 701-C.Longbranch sniper?
    90L 8006.................................... Peter Laidler ................... Observed in British service
    90L8016......................................gunau ction.com................ex-India service, mismatched mk2 scope, mismatched wood, replacement bolt
    90L8027...............96-C.................Husk............................ ...1945 Long Branch Sniper
    90L8022..............114C.................nony mouse
    90L8030.............94-C..................ebay........................... ...Scope with bracket numbered to this rifle listed on ebay July 2014
    90L8039......................................Pouli n Auction................ just the wooden chest sold with 68L3246 rifle OUTSTANDING LONG BRANCH NO. 4 MK I* (T) BOLT
    90L8043........................................... .............If you have this rifle, Boltaction has your tag.MISC PARTS looking for Rifles
    90L8044.............. - .................... Superbee .......................listed as a L-42 conversion,no scope listed
    90L8048..............1C....................Roger Payneicon....................Highest Numbered REL No. 32 MK3
    90L8055....should have 155-C........Nigel.............................. currently has scope 74-C and bracket for 71L0624
    90L8055......................................Peter Laidler................... Observed in British service
    90L8057......................................Peter Laidler................... Observed in British service
    90L8060..................................... Peter Laidler................... Observed in British service
    90L8063.......................... Peter Laidler/ Roger Payne......... REL scope number missing, subsequently fitted with 22851 Surplussed w/o scope in 1997
    90L8064............ - ..................... Superbee ..................... Mismatched Brit mk3 scope
    90L8067.......Should have 35-C........jawes............ Listed at Marstar w. mismatched brit scope in 2013 Currently has mk1a scope 316-C
    90L8069..............219C..................boltact ion........................Now with Jawes
    90L8070 .......... 186-C................. CODFan ........................ Savage marked rear sight and triger guard
    90L8077 ........... 48-C................. SC................................ Savage rear sight, originally B Obst, then myself........ now with TCH
    90L8080 ...........126-C..................Lance
    90L 8086............69-C...................Terry Hawker.................Longbranch No.4 Mk1*(T)
    90L8093.............44-C...................#1 oilman......................scope missing
    90L8098...................................... Peter Laidler ................ Observed in British service
    90L8099........... 62-C................... Stencollector................. Sported/Under restoration. Savage trigger guard.
    90L8103 ......................................Peter Laidler................. conv. To L42, fitted with L1A1 scope 28788. ZF’d at 43DW 1990
    90L8109............188-C...................Superbee.....................s old on icollector
    90L8115 ......................................Peter Laidler................. Observed in British service
    90L8115......should have 78-C....... jawes ........................Now paired with mk2 626-C 90L8212
    90L8120...........351-C....................nony mouse
    90L8122...........109-C................... Lance
    90L8128............262-C.................. #1oilman..................... presently mismatched with Brit scope
    90L8130............202-C...................Superbee...................... .om Gunbroker Mar 2017
    90L8134 ..........168-C...................Cold Zero................. .... (Peter Laidler observed in British service)
    90L8136........................................... ...............................see note on scope 12-C near top of list
    90l8138................................ Superbee...........Auctioned Mar 2014 w mismatched scope, butt shows 144-C, currently Brit MkII #16449
    90L8139 ...........350-C....................Cold Zero.....................Highest Numbered REL No. 32 MK3
    90L8141............189-C....................Canadian War Museum .......Artifact no 19770467-133
    90L8145........... 283-C...................Superbee...................... .Savage rear sight and mag
    90L8151............342-C................................................. .... Military Surplus Collectors Forums
    90L8155............151-C...................DiverDriver................... .."Englandicon" import marked
    90L8156............187-C...................Tom Jackson..................with matching Cdn chest, unmatched scope pouch.
    90L8459............201C.....................Dave M.......................scope missing...currently paired with a AK&S mk3
    90L8161.............174-C.....................Badger .............. 1945 No.4 Mk1*(T) Longbranch Sniper
    90L8162.............170C....................Superb ee...................scope with this bracket number sold on gunbroker May 2019. Serial on rifle could not be verified in photos
    90L8166 .......... 220-C................Superbee....................... sold at bonhams auction in 1997
    90L8170......................................Peter Laidler................... Observed in British service
    90L8173.......... 224-C......................6167..................Purch ases 10/18
    90L8179...........158-C.................Badger
    90L8183............318C.................Superbee.. .........Gunbroker.....scope and bracket missing
    90L8184 ......................................Peter Laidler................... Observed in British service. Likely originally paired with scope 238Cpresently on 90L8243
    90L8195 ...........153-C.................. Lance
    90L8198............22C......................boltac tion
    90L8207 ........................... Peter Laidler/ Roger Payne....... REL scope number missing, subsequently fitted with 21291 Surplussed w/o scope in 1997
    90L8212 ...........227-C.....................Peter Laidler .................Reunited after 75 years (Jawes)
    90L8214........... 285-C .................Superbee...................... sold somewhere in England
    90L8217............197-C..................Superbee....................... .Poulin's auction house
    90L8218...................................... Roger Payne .................Surplussed out of UK service
    90L8219........................................nco zzo..........................Butt shows scope number 227C, no scope presently
    90L8230............255-C...................Paul 6167
    90L8233 ......................................breakeyp.... .............. ......Converted to L42A1 (Enfield71)
    90L8235 ...........253-C...................Gunbroker Jan 2015.........buttplate/scope and magazine engraved "Hayden Carter"
    90L8243.......................................Supe rbee....................Cowans auctions. Currently paired with 238C: butt shows 324C
    90L8246 ......................................Peter Laidler.................. Observed in British service
    90L8249 ..................................... Husk .............................Has bolt...rifle stolen in the 80s
    90L8254............192-C..................Superbee....................... RIAuction Co on proxibid....with Cdn scope pouch and BHG44 transit chest
    90L8255 ......................................Peter Laidler.................. Observed in British service
    90L8262............290C....................Codfan. ..........................
    90L8265........... - ....................... Superbee....................... Mismatched Brit mk3 scope
    90L8269 ......................................Husk .............................Had scope and bracket, rifle stolen in the 80s
    90L8278........... 325-C..................Brian Dickicon...................... sold at bonhams auction in 1997
    90L8282...........310-C...................Dave in NC......... ........... owned since mid 90's. LB mag and S rear sight
    90L8285............101-C..................nony mouse.................... currently on sale at P&S militaria
    90L8286............297-C..................nony mouse
    90L8287........... 277-C................. Boltaction ...................... Question on Long Branch #4 (T)
    90L8292........... - ....................... Superbee........................ Sold in Australiaicon 2013
    90L8298............211-C.................CODfan.......................... ...on gunbroker...scope missing
    90L8299........................Peter Laidler/Roger Payne................REL scope number missing, subsequently fitted with 23066. Surplussed w/o scope in 1997
    90L8299 .................................... Headhunter ......................Imported from UK to US in 2010, now with 1943 REL mk1 scope 236-C My 1945 Long Branch T!!!!
    90L8300........... 208-C................. Lance
    90L8302........... 349-C................. Lance/Peter......Rifle misplaced in Brit Service.Scope 349 installed on Brit rifle. Currently has 345-C
    90L8309............280C....................#1oilma n
    90L8310............314-C..................jawes..................was on Gunbroker Auction Sep 2014. No chest or can
    90L8313........... 274-C................. Bradders.................Matching and appears unfired. See post 42 in this thread.
    90L8314 .....................................Superbee ........... should have 300-C scope but had a re-worked Israeli #32.Sold on auction arms
    90L8318 .....................................Peter Laidler................... Observed in British service
    ............. ..........276C....................Jawes........... ..................Attached to scope bracket marked to rifle 90L8318
    90L8321..................................... Amatikuluicon .......................Rifle is matched with proper bracket, however needs scope 191-C
    90L8323..........249-C..................Valley Sniper.................... Surplussed w/o scope in 1997, Now reunited with 249-C
    90L8328..........352-C...................nony mouse


    Interesting to note that there are only very small gaps of ten or twenty in the whole list, but the last theoretical 50 or so rifles are nowhere to be seen. Is it possible these stayed in Canadaicon and were smelted upon removal from service?

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    mine is 90L8145
    matching scope 283-C
    savage marked rear sight an mag,all other parts LB marked

    I previously owned 90L8064 and 90L8265 both had mis-matched brit Mk III scopes

    90L8115 sold last month on gunbroker.It had mis-matched scope 227-C and 90L8212
    on mount,should have scope 78-C

    90L8138 is in a auction in the USAicon with mismatched brit scope

    ---------- Post added at 04:06 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:58 PM ----------

    sold at bonhams auction in 1997

    90L8278 had a canadian REL scope,but did not list number

    90L8166 matching scope 220-C

    90L8044 was listed as a L-42 conversion,no scope listed

    Also scope # 6-C REL MK III on a brit L-42 conversion

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    mine is

    I have 90L8282, REL Mk3 scope # 310-c original to rifle. owned since mid 90's. LB mag and S rear sight. don't think anything has been changed on it, still has a lot of grease and cosmolineicon. I have never fired it.
    good luck with the list.

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    78-C: sure I've seen that one mentioned somewhere over the years.
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    I'll pour over this forum and see what other numbers I can harvest, and start to list them all in the first post.

    I used to own 90L8077 with scope number 48C. It has changed hands several times since I had to let it go.

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    I have got loads from that serial number range............. Wait out!

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    90L8292 sold in Australiaicon last year

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    Long Branch

    Mine is 90L8055 - should have 155-C but has 74-C and bracket for 71L0624

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    90L 8006, 90L8055, 90L8057 90L8060, 90L8063*, 90L 8086, 90L8098, 90L8103*, 90L8115, 90L8134, 90L8166, 90L8170, 90L8184, 90L8206, 90L8207*, 90L8212, 90L8233, 90L8246, 90L8255, 90L8278, 90L8299*, 90L8302*, 90L8318, 90L8323
    *90L8103 subsequently conv. To L42 and fitted with L1A1 scope 28788. ZF’d at 43DW 1990
    *90L8299 REL scope number missing, subsequently fitted with 23066
    *90L8207 REL scope number missing, subsequently fitted with 21291
    *90L8063 REL scope number missing, subsequently fitted with 22851
    *90L8302 rifle missing. Mk3 scope 349C now fitted to BSA No4T

    Is that OK for starters?

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