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    Mine is .303.

    The INDIANS copied everything then took credit for it like they do today at work.
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    Ishapore Arsenal was a British arsenal, just like the ones all over the world. When India became independent, the arsenal kept on making rifles, just like Australia and Canada. No "copying" was involved; they're real Enfields, off the real Enfield production lines.

    The British Army used Ishapore-made .308 SMLEs well into the 1970s, alongside the FAL. Snipers felt the SMLE was more accurate than the FAL.

    I *think* all the SMLEs have been phased out, but you can never be sure with the British Army. I expect some quartermaster probably has a stash of 1853 muskets and service parts in a cobwebbed closet somewhere, just in case someone puts in a requisition for one...

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    I also lucked out and saved one from a co-worker who is a star wars junky. He was going to cut it down into a jawa blaster. I bought it sight unseen for 50 bucks. Turned out to be a 1948 ishipore numbers matching with a grenade launcher cup and copper wire wrap on the stock. I am hesitant to unwrap it and recon the rifle and ruin the originality.

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    I have 5 boxes of .303 on the way here for mine.
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    I just pulled two out of my safe for trade bait. I had not looked at them for so long I forgot what they were.
    One is a 1931 & the other 1944. Just a quick once over shows several differances between the two even thru the cosmolene . I think I'll keep them now.
    The bayonet lugs are differant & one has brass barrel bands.
    Both have brass buttplates.
    " Save a tree...........Eat A Beaver!"

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    I have a 1943 Lithgow SMLE. It was dad's deer-getter for many years. He bought it himself when he was about 14 from a barrel at the KMart. He had it sportered by an old gunsmith, but it is reversible (barrel still full length).

    The Aussies knew how to make 'em right, too.

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    I just traded for an Ishapore in .308. It was manufactured in 1965. Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet. I din't have much in it, but, I still hope it will work. The main thing I notcie handling here in the house is the weight! I might have to hire someone to carry it for me! Ha, Ha! Just a joke, son!

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