303 Brit. for my SMLE


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aerod1
January 26, 2004, 10:53 PM
Is there any 303 Brit. surplus left? If so where can a person buy some and how much is the cost? I need to feed my "new" Enfield SMLE Type 1 Mark III*. Well it is new to me anyway. It is an absolute joy to shoot that old gun.

Thanks,
Jim Hall

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R127
January 26, 2004, 11:05 PM
Walmart here carries new manufacture soft points. I've seen fmj around.

DMK
January 26, 2004, 11:32 PM
Century arms sells PMP @ $5.50 a box:
http://www.centuryarms.com/store/en-us/dept_16.html

and Hotshot @ $5.87 a box:
http://www.centuryarms.com/store/en-us/dept_70.html

P95Carry
January 26, 2004, 11:38 PM
If you don't mind corrosive .. SOG often has old mil surp ...... cases (tins) of 768 ... which is 24 boxes of 32. It shoots good .. just the occasional hang fire can occur.

SOG .... Southern Ohio Guns ... forget exact URL but .. a search will get you there ......... then call em and see what they have.

The Winchester .303 SoftPoint is good stuff but pricey .. at least you can reload those tho.

Beetle Bailey
January 26, 2004, 11:43 PM
Don't see much surplus around, except for the Pakistani stuff, but I hear a lot of negative feedback on Pakistani .303 so haven't tried it. I just use the PMP stuff from Century mentioned above. It's very good.

swingset
January 27, 2004, 01:07 AM
The short answer is there is very little surplus .303 right now, maybe ever....who knows.

PMP, Sellier & Bellot, Hotshot are all good, reloadable rounds and if you're going to shoot your Enfield like I do, reloading may be the answer.

The Pakistani crap goes bang, and I'll leave my criticism of it at that. :D

Gewehr98
January 27, 2004, 01:42 AM
It's accurate, and uses military-thickness reloadable brass, so as long as you neck-size it, your SMLE can stay shooting for a long time! :D

seeker_two
January 27, 2004, 07:10 AM
B/t the new-manufacture stuff (S&B, PMP, etc.) and reloading, I don't even waste my time w/ corrosive surplus anymore.

Why should you? :scrutiny:

MuzzleBlast
January 27, 2004, 09:23 AM
He're's some:
.303 BRITISH BALL

Manufactured in the 50's in U.K., FMJ, C/BE 174 gr. Packed 32 rds per box, 288 rds per wooden case. Wt. 28# per case.

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.169 cents per Round.
$48.67 per case.


http://www.samcoglobal.com/ammo.html

Got another question, though: Enfield rifles have ten-round magazines. So why did the brits pack ammo in a quantity that was not a multiple of 10?

P95Carry
January 27, 2004, 10:23 AM
So why did the brits pack ammo in a quantity that was not a multiple of 10? I'm still lookin for an answer to that one!!!:p Seems like they had a metal can and thought '' how many boxes of what size can we fit in it''?? ..... and then went for those 32 boxes cos they'd fit best!

goon
January 27, 2004, 12:46 PM
I have shot groups with the Winchester SP ammo that had three shots touching at 100 yards.
People yammer about the accuracy the Enfield not being up to par with other service rifles but they haven't shot my Enfeild. ;)

TODD3465
January 27, 2004, 12:59 PM
Goon- I agree. My No.4 shoots very good with the 180gr silver-tip load.

Eskimo Jim
January 27, 2004, 03:48 PM
I think that 303 brit was packed at 32 rounds per box due to the Bren LMG. I think that took 32 round magazines if I recall. It could also be a hold over from Lewis guns in WWI or a hang over from the late Victorian era when the Long Lee Enfield was adopted.

-Jim

Andrew Wyatt
January 28, 2004, 01:52 AM
The original Lee medford rifles (first model) had single column 8 round magazines.

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