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    Volunteer "Lee Enfield " trainer

    From what I have been able to find out so far is this Lee Speed Patents B.S.A & M.Co produced rifle probably started life as a .297 / 230 Morris training rifle, similar to the one show on page 480 of "The Lee Enfield".
    Being a Lee Speed it was obviously made for the civilian market probably around the turn of the century.
    It now has a solid .22 barrel as would have been fitted to the SMLE No2 rifle, it has no obvious military marks so it would appear that it was modified by a gunsmith. The bolt, which doesn't have a matching number has a very feint broad arrow mark and there are numerous other marks in various places but nothing to indicate that it was ever in service use.
    It is quite possible that it is unique as by the time the current barrel became available this rifle should have long disappeared.
    An interesting little conversion with no great collector value but once again you should never say never when it comes to Enfield collecting.

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    proved for .22 Long - and much more recently for 22 LR.

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    Definitely an interesting little rifle. Certainly reminiscent of the "Club Pattern" Long Lees. Thanks for sharing!

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    nice
    i have one of those side plates laying around

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    hmm is that a centerfire cartride? almost looks like it from the pictures.

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    Yep, 297/230 is centre fire. All of the ones I've seen were black powder loaded. I don't know if they all were. I think I may have a .230 sleeve somewhere......

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    the ultimate quest for a reloadable 22 rimfire, solved over a century ago. To think people still spend thousands trying to squeeze modern rifle cases into something that was created in 1883

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    The transverse hole through the front sight base indicates that it had a front sight protective ear at one time. These were often seen on early version .22 rf conversions. This type of rifle is not seen all that often in the US and years ago were totally ignored by collectors. A very nice rifle.

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    How about a couple of photo's of the bolt head with the bolt removed from the rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warren View Post
    How about a couple of photo's of the bolt head with the bolt removed from the rifle.
    Pictures as requested.
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