Proof that the SMLE can hold its own.

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  • Proof that the SMLE can hold its own.

    Thought some of you might enjoy these:






    And the delivery system:





    Proof the milsurps can hold their own.
    Lithgow addicted, with no sign of a cure.

  • #2
    Imagine how well it will shoot off a proper rest and rear bag!

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    • #3
      Nice shooting, tom. What distance?


      And yeah, they definately can. Saw someone shoot V's @ 700m a few weeks back. No idea how lol




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      • #4
        Amazing shooting from a great old Gun by someone that can Shoot.

        And even more amazing it was done without a silly looking Tacticool Stock, Scope or rail mounted Doodads which all the GEN Gamers think are needed.
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          Originally posted by Shooting Sports" post=35819
          Amazing shooting from a great old Gun by someone that can Shoot.

          And even more amazing it was done without a silly looking Tacticool Stock, Scope or rail mounted Doodads which all the GEN Gamers think are needed.
          Exactly. Over a period of more than 60 years and numerous conflicts, these rifles were the assault rifles of the day and are still being used effectively to this day in places such as Afghanistan.

          I'm still amazed by the accuracy my well-used No4 gets with the standard iron sights and have no doubt that with modern optics it would probably outshoot my fancy modern .308

      • #5
        Nice - I pick up my first SMLE early next week and cant wait to give the old girl a run outside.

        What tips can you offer me? I've never shot a SMLE before. Did you have to play around with different ammo before you found what yours liked?

        Cheers

        Hunkachunka

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        • #6
          Hunka',
          what ranges are you intending shooting at?
          paper targets?
          No.1 mk3? or No.4? [many use the term SMLE for both]

          I have found that with many of the military issue barrelled .303's I have used - or watched others use over the years, that "as a rule of thumb" flat based projies of .312" give better accuracy out to 500 or so yards.
          After 600 yards or so- then boat tails start working a bit better.
          My theory is that with the generous chambers, worn throats and varying tollerance barrels found in military issue .303 rifles - it helps for the projie to have the extra bearing surface of a flat based projie to stabilise itself at the shorter ranges.

          However- it might be a case of using whatever you can find in the shops unless you start reloading.

          stephen
          all times wasted wots not spent shootin'

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            Hunka',
            what ranges are you intending shooting at?
            paper targets?
            No.1 mk3? or No.4? [many use the term SMLE for both]

            I have found that with many of the military issue barrelled .303's I have used - or watched others use over the years, that "as a rule of thumb" flat based projies of .312" give better accuracy out to 500 or so yards.
            After 600 yards or so- then boat tails start working a bit better.
            My theory is that with the generous chambers, worn throats and varying tollerance barrels found in military issue .303 rifles - it helps for the projie to have the extra bearing surface of a flat based projie to stabilise itself at the shorter ranges.

            However- it might be a case of using whatever you can find in the shops unless you start reloading.

            stephen
            Thanks Stephen

            I have started my own topic about this topic as i dont want to hijac this one.
            Cheers
            Chunks

        • #7
          Use ammuntion as close to Mk7 ball as you can.

          PPU 174GR is pretty good commercial stuff.

          I load 40gr of A2208 with a 174GR Hornady FMJ Boat Tail.

          As for tips, lock her in nice and tight and take your time.

          Those targets were only at 100m as it was a small target. I haven't taken the Motty rifle out past that yet.
          Lithgow addicted, with no sign of a cure.

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          • #8
            Originally posted by aussietomcatter" post=35760
            Thought some of you might enjoy these:






            And the delivery system:





            Proof the milsurps can hold their own.
            I read an article a few weeks back about a infantry patrol of 10 or so US soldiers in Kandahar province being pinned down by what they thought was 5 or 6 shooters with PSL or Dragunov variants (bullets were centimeters from their heads) they found 2 rocks with a pile of .303 shells scattered around them with only 2 sets of bootprints, this says something about the .303 and Lee-enfield's and why it has seen so much use over the years.
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            • fishphillott
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              With GOD as my witness
              H barreled 1944 Lithgow Lane aperture sight set for 100 yards
              living 3 inch target 300m head shot
              federal 180gr sp
              I will admit it took 2 sighters as I worked out the hold over first one fell short second was long third shot was on the money
              don't go knocking the old SMLE 70 odd years old and still capable

          • #9
            This is my 1915 Lithgow fitted with a Central range sight!



            And a 15 group shot with it over a bench at 100m (the lower 5 were sighters) for a 149-9x

            Hold still varmint, whilst I plugs ya!

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            • #10
              Good shooting and well done!

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