1918 Enfield SMLE III*

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  1. Chris61289

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    I picked up this 1918 Enfield SMLE back in 2007 or 2008 for $75 at an auction. There isn't a whole lot to it really. Some bubba did a number on the stock of this rifle. It's real ugly, but the couple times I did shoot it, it shot pretty accurate. It has all the numbers matching except the rear sight which was force matched with the original SN struck out. Since the time I bought it and shot it, it's been sitting in my safe doing nothing. I wanted to restore it, but Enfields really aren't my specialty unfortunately, and I'm trying to unload it (a lil pun intended i guess) in hopes of obtaining an M44 soon. It has no import markings on it anywhere. If you're interested in restoring this rifle, shoot me a PM.
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    PM sent to you.
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    I have one just like it, only mine has 1917 on it and the 7 has been overstamped with an 8. Strange, looks like it was done at the factory, like they forgot the year had changed. Anyway, same story, Bubba done sawed the stock all up. Metal's all intact, and I've bought a couple complete stocks to try and restore it with. Just gotta get a roundtuit.
  4. Chris61289

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    One thing I've been wondering about my Mk III*, on the left side of the receiver just under the charger bridge, there is a screw, was this for a scope mount?
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    Nope. It is for the Ejector Screw. Sounds like yours is missing.
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    The end of the screw sticks out of the inner side , just enough to help tip the spent case slightly, while pulling back the bolt , to aid in a positive ejection.
    A properly operating rifle will still eject a case without it.
    These are found on the No4/5 series as well.

    There are some "no-smithy" scopemounts that use the ejector screwhole ( they'll supply the proper screw).

    1916 BSA Mklll* w' a B-Square mount.
    A "restoration" ;)

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  7. Beerhunter

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    Nope. The ejector screw is to eject unfired rounds. Empty cases will eject just fine without it.
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    I love my SMLE. New stocks and other parts are pretty cheap, available over the internet. Mine was built in 1918, the stock has been replaced. Shoots just fine, and I plan on taking her hunting for Aoudad this year.

    Jim
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    It's not missing. I never said it wasn't there, I just didn't know what the screws purpose was. Everything needed for it to function is intact. Just missing all the hardware (Complete stock, swivels, nosecap, etc.)
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    Forgive me, I missed that bit.

    Anyway, now you know. It is the ejector screw and is for ejecting unfired rounds.
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