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    1896 BSA Long Lee

    I've wanted an Long Lee for ages, but the prices for the good ones were beyond reach for me. I managed to get a sporterized 1896 BSA MLE with an OK bore, which seemed to be a manageable project for me. Little did I know!

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    The barrel has been cut which I can't do much about, and I was soon to discover how hard replacement parts are to source ... even repro ones.

    Off the top of my head here's the list of things that I did for this project.
    -Replacement buttstock (a used original with butt plate stamped "13" potentially the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry originated in Hamilton, Ontario on 11 December 1862 as 13th Battalion Volunteer Militia (Infantry).
    -Replacement of forestock with shortened used forestock that needed a duffel cut for the hand-carved front piece that I added. Join is hidden beneath the barrel band.
    -Hand carved top wood, my original source was not able to provide one, so I made my own. with spring clips and rivets adapted from SMLE parts.
    -Sling swivel welded back onto barrel band that was found at a gun show.
    -Front band and bayonet lug sourced at gun show, but turned out to be from a Remington Lee which I think is a pretty close match.
    -Fill scope holes (i chose poorly on material which wouldn't accept cold blue)
    -Drill and tap filled rear volley sight holes and mount replacements.

    I'd still like to find a dust cover, but this is pretty much done. It's not my best restoration work, but I'm pretty happy and it was certainly a challenge.
    Enjoy.


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    And the best part is she shoots? Nicely done!

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    Some better pictures added.


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    Impressive job, well done
    I understand the passion for these old girls first hand.
    Rebuilt for another 100 years
    Congrats

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