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and a very smart thing to do,
you maximize the return (in a way) and your heirs don't have to fret over hat this bit or bob is,

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As I once said to my son after a decent day working a gun show.

"Let's unload then go out and spend your sister's inheritance."
 

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Thinking------> How long has it been since anyone got something from Neil?

Most of the contacts listed are gone. I heard Neil wasn't in good health.
 

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Thinking------> How long has it been since anyone got something from Neil?

Most of the contacts listed are gone. I heard Neil wasn't in good health.
I was under the impression that Neil (Oakleaves) had ceased manufacture a 'couple' of years ago.
 
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Great find Mike, I would have been all over that too.
I am missing my gun shows,
I'm annoyed that every other show in town is on ( Easter show, caravan and camping show, the madi gra ) but the organisers of the Sydney show have cancelled the event for the rest of the year !!
Maybe next year

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There comes a time when fun has been had and challenges have been met. Time for new challenges...
For me it was selling off all the thousands of dollars I hoarded and stored in the form of surplus store/gun shop/antique shop inventory.
That made room for the things I decided now I wanted. Those things joined the things I had decided to keep. The old old things are getting along quite nicely with the new old things.
Plus....someone else has collected all the things I set free!
Its sort of like the cycle of life without having to die right away? :cool:
Smart thing to do, I am purging irrelevant 'stuff' to make room, however these homeless 303's seem to know where a good retirement home is and follows me home.I will probably sell a couple of the mix and match sporters and just keep the ones with all matching numbers.

Anyone any ideas what all the small stamping marks mean round the barrel?
Mike
 

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Re stampings on barrel.
N as previously quoted = accepted for Naval Use.
06 = year, which coincides with date on wrist, so an original barrel.
Two arrows pointed towards each other = sold out of service to the general public.
The arrow, also seen on other components = Enfield examiners stamp.
The various other smaller stamps = Examiners stamps. The various letters and numbers referring to the particular examiner who passed the equipment.
The crown over ER over crossed flags over a P = proof mark.

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Can someone confirm if the date stamps (08,09,10,11) on the left side are just inspection dates or if minor work may have been done to the rifle? Seems like a hassle to stamp every time the rifle is simply inspected? It was peace time I suppose, plenty of time.
 

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Re stampings on barrel.
N as previously quoted = accepted for Naval Use.
06 = year, which coincides with date on wrist, so an original barrel.
Two arrows pointed towards each other = sold out of service to the general public.
The arrow, also seen on other components = Enfield examiners stamp.
The various other smaller stamps = Examiners stamps. The various letters and numbers referring to the particular examiner who passed the equipment.
The crown over ER over crossed flags over a P = proof mark.

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excellent, many thanks, the fact that it was issued to the Navy probably means it had little use and hence why there is so much original stuff still there, anyone with a picture of an original with full wood?
Cheers
Mike
 
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