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A new lease of life!

By Keith Deed

In 2019 my wife’s uncle offered me his old Lee Enfield .303. Due to the changes in the Arms Act and the government buy-back scheme, Uncle just wanted it gone. I was happy to help.


After doing some homework on the web (and talking to its owner), I managed to determine the most likely history of my “new” rifle. He purchased the rifle in 1957 at the age of 17 with the plan to do some deer stalking in the Ruahines with his mates. On that day in the sport shop in Dannevirke he had nine similar rifles to choose from, all ex-military sporterised .303 Lee Enfields.


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