.303 Enfield Upgrade
It would be hard to argue that the 303 British Enfield is not the best bolt action battle rifle ever made. The Enfield served the British Empire for 104 years. It served the Afghan freedom fighters against the Soviet invaders. It has served sixteen countries, according to Wiki. More than 17,000,000 have been produced. The .303 possesses approximately 10% less power than our .308, and has an effective range of 550 yards.
With a track record like that, why would anyone want to upgrade it? (If it aint broke, don't fix it.)
Increased accuracy. Shot groups will improve by 25-50%
Increased power. From 10% less than a .308, to almost a 30-06.
Cheaper ammo. How does twenty cents a round sound? The only place that I know of, selling military surplus .303 is classicarms.us. The price is almost fifty cents a round. Doing the math, upgrading from .303 a thousand rounds saves you almost $300.00. Maintaining shooting skills requires shooting and plentiful cheap ammo.
The upgrade will consist of rechambering the barrel to 7.62x54R and slightly modifying the magazine.
Want to know more details? You can find them here. http://www.jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/smle.htm
Please note that only the contact info for the gunsmith that did the work is out of date. I talked to the local gunsmith at the Gander Mountain closest to me. I told him I wanted to convert a .303 to 7.62x54R. He did not think it would be a problem. Also note that the 58 minute video is still available. (no mention was made of that info being out of date)
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