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    Lithgow SMLE sporter

    So I've picked up a 1941 No1 Mk3 SMLE made by Lithgow, that was sporterized in the 1950's for $190 OTD.
    Pluses.
    Not import marked
    Not drilled and tapped
    Barrel is still original length
    Bolt numbered to the receiver
    Barrel has some frosting but looks fine otherwise
    As far as I can tell are the parts are Australianicon made.

    Minuses
    Upper hand guard missing
    Lower fore stock was cut down.
    remaining wood was sanded down and coated in polyurethane

    Seems like a good candidate to restore.

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    Yup, good place to start. Not as hard to replace the missing pieces when the metal's good. Nice catch. That barrel might clean up when you shoot it.
    Regards, Jim

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    I may ask again was there a special on varnish when bubba came onto that rifle as how many have we seen varnished up like a Rolls Royce car in the midday sun gads the glare

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Yup, good place to start. Not as hard to replace the missing pieces when the metal's good. Nice catch. That barrel might clean up when you shoot it.
    Actually the barrel is a lot better after running about 15 rounds of Greek surplus (HXP 1976) through the rifle yesterday at the range. Shot at steel at 100 yards and went 14 for 15.

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    I may ask again was there a special on varnish when bubba came onto that rifle as how many have we seen varnished up like a Rolls Royce car in the midday sun gads the glare
    probably was...
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    More is better...keep us infoed as you go?
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    Can you add the S/N and barrel date for the Lithgowicon Survey?

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    Upper hand guard missing
    BRP has a selection of upper hand guards.

    Lower fore stock was cut down.
    That’s going to be the hardest part to find.

    Apex gun parts has a good selection of No1 Mk3 parts and they’re conveniently located for you. You might be able to swing by and save a little on shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muffett.2008 View Post
    Can you add the S/N and barrel date for the Lithgowicon Survey?
    Wili do. I'll be tearing the rifle down this weekend.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    BRP has a selection of upper hand guards.

    That’s going to be the hardest part to find.

    Apex gun parts has a good selection of No1 Mk3 parts and they’re conveniently located for you. You might be able to swing by and save a little on shipping.
    I can talk to them at the show this weekend.
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    Rifle has been stripped down and cleaned up. Took about 45 minutes to get 70 odd years of dirt and crud off the metal.

    Posted the serial number/barrel date in the survey.




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    sorry, i'm still learning all of this stuff.

    MA = lithgow
    OA = orange arsenal

    WA? wagga wagga?
    BA? bathurst?

    what other places and markings are there for Australianicon made lee enfields?

    nice collection of ammunition AFJ. you probably already know this, but over the last few months i have been looking, there has been a reasonable selection of australian made sight protectors, barrel bands and nose caps etc on australian e.bay. (.com.au)

    henry.

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