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Feeding a .303 Enfield

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Bart Noir, May 20, 2003.

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  1. Bart Noir

    Bart Noir Member

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    My brother got a No.4 Mk 1 so I did also. Soon I hope to be on the same rifle range with him, to establish bragging rights. I have some ammo in stripper clips and some not in clips. There might be some tricks to loading the clips, feeding the rounds out of clips, or loading the rifle with loose rounds. I say this because of the rims on the cartridges and the rumors of something really, really scary called "rim-lock". Do these rifles need some special technique in loading, so that the rounds will feed out of the magazine without my brother laughing at me?

    Bart Noir
    "An expert is someone who has already made all the possible mistakes." I've almost got the certificate.
     
  2. Sactown

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    Ammo in the clips needs to be loaded in a pattern:

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  3. 9mmepiphany

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    polishing the inside of the clips will smooth their feeding.

    try some of the new PMP ammo from south africa. it is non-corrosive, brass cased and boxer primed.
     
  4. Dave Markowitz

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    Sactown has it right. Stripper clips for Lee-Enfileds need to be loaded "two up, three down". His diagram is showing you the position of the cartridge rims in the clip.
     
  5. Andrew Wyatt

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    the stripper clips need to be loaded one up, one down, like described.


    the magazines need to be loaded so the rim of the round next up to feed is ahead of the one behind it.
     
  6. Willard

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    If the stripper clips feel like the rounds are sticking when you load polish the insides with emory cloth.
    If the cases are bulged near the base you can order a new bolt head (get the next number higher than your current one) and tighten up the headspace.
    Get the adjustable rear sight if you don't have one. SMLE's can be wonderfully accurate, even with old ammo. I regularly outshoot AK's and AR's with mine at rattle battles.
    Use your index finger and thumb to work the bolt, use your middle finger to work the trigger. It can sound like a semi auto if you are fast enough.

    Willard
     
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