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Anyone know about how many of these conversions were done and when? Is there a website with info about the conversions of SMLE's to .410 muskets?
 

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Colonel Edwards says aprox. 250,000 smoothbore muskets were made 1926 and 1950. SMLE dated right side of buttstock socket and the date of conversion usually on the right side of buttstock socket.
 

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Thanks for the info. The one I have was converted in '35. I think the latest conversion stamp I've seen is '49. I don't look at these often, but figured I'd pop the question since I don't see much of anything about these rifles.

If anyone is interested, here's a quote from this forum post at http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=306041
"In the late 1950's and early 1960's the Indian government converted fairly large numbers of RFI No.1 Mk.III SMLEs into single-shot smoothbore 'muskets' for use by urban police and prison guards".

And another with some info. Seems that these old thing are still in use. Scroll about 1/3 down the page to Section III – Arms and Ammunition http://www.mppolice.gov.in/static/PoliceRegulationsNew/twentyfive.htm
NOTE: this URL isn't working from here for some reason. I've tried 3 times to redo it with no luck. Maybe the URL is too long to show up on here and work from the post. If anyone is interested, send me a PM I can try to send it to you that way.
 
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