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I have what will probably be considered a silly question. I hope that it will not be a cause of ridicule, I am just trying to learn something. In this thread, there seem to be many who feel that firing a Lithgow No1 Mk3* without the copper recoil plates is a bad idea. My 1942 Lithgow has them. My other No1 rifles made by other manufacturers such as BSA and Ishapore, do not have plates, and I have never seen or heard of any No1 rifles (or any Lee Enfields for that matter) other than Lithgows that do. Is this because Coachwood is a softer wood, and thus more compressible? If this is so, would the same be true of Queensland Maple furniture?
 
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