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    1918 SMLE .22 Parher Hale

    Gent's; I've been having a closer look at my Standard Small Arms made peddeled scheme 1918 SMLE.
    There are a couple of odd details; that i would like to find out more about it if possible.
    The rifle has been converted to .22 by Parker Hale; It appears to be a solid .22 barrel and not a re-tube. The barrel appears to have a 1918 date code on it and military ownership marks and Britishicon Proof for .22.
    However the wrist is not marked with the ususal No2MkIV* or .22 markings.
    It still wears the original woodwork and steel butt plate by Linley and Co. It is matching numbers.
    is it possible that it was built as a .22 directly in 1918 ? or is it more likely that it was built as a .303 then converted later in the year.
    Here are some photos. Does anyone else have a similar model without the .22 wrist marking?

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    PH converted it for some commercial customer, who didn't require them to change the markings. The PH name change occurred in the 1930s.

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    It would be nice to see a close up picture of the muzzle and crowning.

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    I'll check and see if I have a photo of the muzzle; if not I'll take one at the weekend. It's not marked "Parker rifled" that's for sure.
    Thanks for your input.
    If it is a tubed barrel; would we not see the original .303 stamps struck out?

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    here is a photo of the muzzle as requested. After looking closely at the muzzle; I thinl it may actually be a tubed barrel. A very small circular line on the muzzle is visible. Maybe some of our expert member's could confirm. Thanks.



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