Need info on a rifle i inherited

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  1. Spartacus100

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    I received this rifle from my Dad who got it from my Great Uncle. I know its an Enfield but i was hoping someone could shed some more light on what i have. Someone took an Enfield and converted it to a bolt action hunting rifle but thats all i know. I dont know anything about the scope or whether the .303 is even a good hunting round etc. Not that its for sale since it was passed down to me but any idea on its value? any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Nicely sporterized Lee Enfield, SMLE I believe. .303 cal
     

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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    With the right ammo it can be a game getter. Looks pretty good for a converted mil-surp.
     
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    Valmet M62/76 Silver Member

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    .303 British a classic cartridge- similar to the 30-40 Krag ballistically. The British used it in one form or another from 1888-1957 (although the "modern" load didn't come around until 1907 I believe). PPU loads it and I think that Remington and Winchester may still have a 180-gr SP loading. From a value standpoint...a rough estimate is $200-250 as guns are more desirable in their original military configuration but I'll bet its a great shooter and worth hanging on to.
     
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    A better sporterizing job than most. It is certainly a serviceable hunting rifle.
    .303 is a full power military battle rifle and MG caliber. It is suitable for about any non-dangerous game you are likely to run into. And the British colonials took on about everything that walks, crawls, or flies with the .303.
     
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    Sigobsessed Ruggedly handsome

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    Berto woo woo

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    The .303 has killed just about everything on this Earth given the expanse of the British commonwealths over the last Century.
    Norma and Winchester used to have a strong load for med large game, dunno if they still do....but Hornady, PP and others still load a modern bullet for the .303 and it's good for the job.
     
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    Very nice for a 303, my neighbor used a sported Enfield like that for years. He was very proud of it, and it was no where near that nice
     
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    first to op, nice..
    I used to hunt with a few guys who are ww2 vets.. they all came home with something like that and they turned it into a nice hunting rifle..
     
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    fowl intent Banned

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    Nice deer rifle. More sentimental value than real value, so I would hang onto it and pass it down.
     
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    I have what appears to be the same rifle, minus the scope, and not quite as good a job of sporterizing. I also got mine from my father before he passed away. Mine has the flip up sights that go up to 800 I assume meters. It's 303 British and is a real whollaper. At 100 yards I can shoot a good group, even though at 60, my eyes ain't what they used to be. I've shot it at 400 yds using the sliding sights. I think I shot 10 rounds and 6 of them hit the silloutte I drew. I took it to my local firearms store, where I'm a regular, and it's not really worth much since it's not original. I keep it around and shoot it twice a year. We live in a rural area of Va. and back in the woods. I've seen a few black bears and if I had to protect our two mutts from getting killed, I'd feel confident using the 180 grain rounds I have. My father probably killed 7-8 deer with it. It's a keeper. First shot.
     
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    Its definitely not for sale and will be in passed down to my son. Im hoping to shoot it today
     
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    Would love to know its military history. It looks like it has seen service in a number of different capacities judging by the proof/acceptance marks on the receiver.
     
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    I had a collector explain all the numbers on it several years ago. Mine was definitely a service rifle and some of the numbers meant that it had gone back to the armory at some point. If you can find a WW1 or WW2 collector, he could probably tell you a lot about the rifle. Have fun shooting it. It packs a punch. First shot.