BSA L.E. No.2 Patt. Sporting Rifle

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Postby joseyclosey » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:40 am

Andrew, there is nothing like that on my rifles receiver, unless its under the woodwork? The only receiver mark is a V in a circle.

Would there be any chance of you photo copying those magazine articles for me?

Thanks for the extra info on the rifle i do appreciate it,

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Postby A square 10 » Tue Oct 09, 2007 7:01 pm

these are really beautiful rifles , ive never seen a real sporter in these parts just military cut downs by bubba , i see there is an entirely new area of enfeilds out there waiting for me
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Postby Brithunter » Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:47 am

Hi All,

My one has a the shortened engraved 5-6 round magazine and the Metford carbine bolt:-

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As you can see it's a later one from the BSA name and it was retailed by Wm Powell & Sons of Birmingham. I did see one chambered for the 8x50R cartridge but did not have the funds nor the open slot on my licence to get it at the time. As yet I have not seen one in .375. Oh the Buttplate seems to have been a stock item as I have seen the same one with the same engraving fiited to other make sporting rifles on the lee Action.

The Forrest Commision rifles were built for them by Greener and a phot appears in the book The "Sporting Rifle and it's use in Great Britian" by Henry Tegner. Funny enough I only picked up this book at the march Bisley show.

Of course BSA also made these Model E's from 1949-1953 the place I saw the 8mm sporter also had a Model E on offer but that was over a year ago now so if it's still there I do not know:-

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They offered the converted P-14 & P-17's in 5 grades A-E with E being the top grade on rifles acquired when the MOD cleared out Weedon depot of them. BSA brought 14000 of which many were so poor tehy were scrapped.

Another sporting rifle from the BSA Plant to look out for is the 1923 model High Velocity sporting rifle built on the P-14 action.,
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Postby Woftam » Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:59 am

Now that is a nice rifle. Colour me green.
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Postby Brithunter » Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:31 am

Why thank you, it's not quite original as it has a replacement barrel only proof fired when I brought it :D . When I brought this rifle it was before the upsurge in classic shooting happened here in the UK and finding them was difficult and so of course it cost more then. I would re-coup my money if I sold it now more than likely. The rib was transfered from the original barrel to the new one.

Hmmm I need to get some ammo loaded and see about taking it to the range again soon.
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