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Thread: One piece stock conversion SMLE 303 Rifle, Instructions

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    One piece stock conversion SMLE 303 Rifle, Instructions

    Not sure if this belongs here but feel free to move if needed. I consider it as a PIF

    Had this years ago then lost it. Well the lost is found.
    Instructions from Roberts Wood Products , late fifty's to the sixty's, on how to convert the SMLE to a one piece stock design.
    Am sure you can no longer buy the stock blanks but the metal work hasn't changed and if you can do the metal work you should be able to cobble up a stock as well.
    This is more advanced gunsmithing and makes up a very nice sporting rifle.
    PM me, will send off a copy
    Thanks
    Reg

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    Some years back at a gun dealers show at William`s Gun Sight I happened onto a table of guns and other things by Elwood Epps. He had 2 that I recall #4 Lee Enfields in his improved Epps cartridge with 1 piece stocks. They were absolute things of beauty, 1 of the rifles had a flush floor plate besides. I`ve always been enamored by the thumb hole stock on the Enfield that is used in the `Crockadile Dundee` movie.Robert

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    This is my old "beater" of a .303 British sporter (LOL). It was custom built by the gunsmith who worked at the first sporting goods store that I worked at who was a Czech named George Kukacka. (I spent 38 years working sporting good retail at 3 different stores before I retired.) He hand fabricated a once piece stock, carved and checkered it, hand engraved the action and most of the other metalwork, "tulip-ed" the bolt handle, shortened the magazine to 5 rounds, added a steel Lyman receiver / peep sight, and converted it to a scalloped and carved tang safety. He actually built this rifle for himself, but later in life he gifted it to me since we had become such good friends over the years of our working together. My dear friend George passed away several years ago after a battle with cancer and I sure miss him, so this is obviously the gun with the most sentimental value of all of the guns in my collection ...



















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    The rest of the photos ...









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    Thank you, Reverend Al, for the beautiful photos of a beautiful rifle, and a great story. I don't believe I've ever seen a nicer rifle.

    DG

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    Wow! That is a masterpiece. Thanks for sharing.

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    What a beautiful rifle.
    My Grandmother would say that it's proof that you really can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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    Unbelievable - first SMLE conversion I have ever seen that was a sure enough improvement. Speechless.

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    Thanks! He also re-shaped the trigger and converted it from 2 stage to single stage ...
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    Do you still have these instructions?
    Thanks,
    Danny

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    I'd also like a copy
    (and I own one of those Choate folding stocks for the Enfield #4 but this is a nicer idea.)
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    That is an Amazing work of Art! Thanks for sharing, sir.

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    Beautiful piece of art. He was a real gunsmith, quite a bit different from the current crop of parts changers who try and assume that title.

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