Lee Sporter by Jeffery

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  1. .455_Hunter

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    Greetings!

    I have lusted over these Lee Enfield style sporting rifles for many years. The auction for this one ended right in the middle of the college football bowl games, just after Chirstmas, perhaps limiting final bid-up. The rifle was originally built by London Small Arms and converted by Jeffery in the 1904-1907 timeframe. It came out of Switzerland, hence the lag in delivery. Given the condition, I doubt it saw much field time. It will be definitely going hunting with me, as soon as I can get some 215 gr loads acquired or worked-up. The brown truck of happiness will deliver to my local FFL on Tuesday!

    Anybody else have one of these guns?

    I welcome your thoughts or comments.

    Thanks,

    Hunter
     

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    I'd love to find something like that lurking on the used gun rack!
     
  3. Jim Watson

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    Just lovely.

    Looking at it and other Lee Metford, Speed, Enfield sporting rifles, I wonder why they left the cutoff on a sporter.
     
  4. horsemen61

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    Damn someone did some fine work to that rifle
     
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    Jim raises an interesting question. A cutoff on a sporting rifle makes no sense at all. Do you plan on working up a smokeless load for the gun, or will you go all the way back to the black powder origins of the 303? I have heard that the early cordite powder burned very hot and chewed up the early Metford rifling. Don't suppose that would be much of a problem with today's powders. You mentioned a 215 grain bullet. I assume that will be a cast bullet?

    The gun itself is a work of art. What a beauty!
     
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    Gorgeous !
     
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    Thanks for all of the comments!

    Yes- The magazine cut-off in interesting. Unfortunately, unlike the Krag and 1903 Springfield fitted with small cut-off switches, the Lee-Enfield system is very obtrusive and would seem unpopular on a sporter.

    Given the age and other pictures of the gun, I am 90% sure it has the Enfield, and not Metford style rifling, and should be good to go with nominal factory specification smokeless loads. I have scrounged older factory 215 gr loads at gun shows for many years, and also will look at working-up a load using the Woodleigh 215 gr RNSP.
     
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    That's a great looking classic rifle!
     
  9. loose noose

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    Not too shabby, just recently just got interested in the .303.
     
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    Nice!
    My brother had a few of the 303's but not like that.
     
  11. bannockburn

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    Very nicely done sporterized version of the Lee Enfield. Great looking stock along with the fine cut checkering.
     
  12. TRX

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    The cutoff slot was part of the machining process. It might have been more expensive to order custom receivers without the slot. And since the slot is there, it might as well have something in it instead of a hole.
     
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    The workmanship looks good but the rifle is, to me anyway, a bit on the ugly side. The Enfields were not really good looking rifles to start out with ( I own 3 or them) and just don't lend themselves to being anything other than a relatively unattractive service rifle.
     
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    Growing up in Canada, I saw about a million Lee Enfields, owned quite a few. Never ever have I seen such a masterful sporter conversion. Congrats on that; one in a million...
     
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