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    It's fairly common here in recent years to see L-E's with German proof marks - as they are reciprocally recognised it's logistically easy for the dealer who purchases a big lot to prove them in, say, Germanyicon, and then distribute them around Europe without a need to reprove.

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    For what it's worth, .303Br will not chamber in a gun chambered in .303 Savage.
    Here's the two rounds side-by-side,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cottage Hill Bill View Post
    .303Br will not chamber in a gun chambered in .303 Savage.
    Not even close so there's NO danger. Never was. There's lots of wives-tales like that out there.
    Regards, Jim

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    A thanks to all! Being new to this forum with a first Lee Enfield, I found it impossible to get this info.
    Great that all of you helped in narrowing down the origin of my rifle.
    Indeed for us Dutch shooters, Waffen Frankonia is almost the shop around the corner, so details fit perfectly.

    To summarize: it is a 1955 Lee Enfield, probably from military surplus bought in a lot by Waffen Frankonia and regulated in March 1995.
    Using your info, I read on the internet that Waffen Frankonia often removed the original details on manyfacturing location. Is this true?
    Is the earlier suggestion based on the marking at the rear sight that this rifle originates from the Canadianicon Long Branch factory correct?
    As I am hoping to have a rifle in original military shape: is regulation just getting the rifle approved for sale to european civilian customers, or did this also include modifications?

    Sorry for this many questions. The rifle itself has triggered an interest with me to learn more about the history of the Lee Enfields in general and this one in particular. Your info is greatly appreciated.

    Regards, Paul

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    The sight may be Canadianicon, or just contain Canadian components after a strip-down-and-refit. Most of these final production rifles had the milled sight rather than one of the wartime expedient ones.

    I doubt they removed any markings, and doing this will probably be illegal in Europe soon.


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