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Hi im new to F&S, not new to the site, but this is my first post. I recently was given a 1918 lee enflield mk1 in .303 brit, an

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  • Hi im new to F&S, not new to the site, but this is my first post. I recently was given a 1918 lee enflield mk1 in .303 brit, an

    Hi im new to F&S;, not new to the site, but this is my first post. I recently was given a 1918 lee enflield mk1 in .303 brit, and was wondering what game if any have you guys taken with one. i hear the ballistics are similar to a .308?

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    I personally do not own one, but a good friend of mine only hunts with his. He inherited it from his grandfather and took his first deer with it. His dad took his first deer with it and as a tribute he uses that rifle for deer season every year. I'm not sure on the ballistics, but I have seen quite a few whitetails taken with his.

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      I'm not up on ballistics well enough to compare the .303 British to the .308 Winchester, but the .303 should take any American game animal. I don't know that I would purposely take on any of the "Big Bear" clan (griz/brown etc.), but black bear and any "hoofed" game is fine.
      Reloading will give your ammo a bit more pep than "off-the-shelf" ammo.

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        There was an article posted on this log a few years ago but is still available about an Inuit that hunted and killed a polar/Grizzly bear hybrid with a Lee Enfield SMLE in 1903 British!

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        • #5
          Your 303/Brit is a tad more then a 30-30 Win and good luck with your 1918 Lee and 303 Savage is NOT the same AMMO!

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            The .303 British is a fine deer cartridge with sporting ammunition, typically available in 150 grain and 180 grain bullets. Save your brass, it's easy to handload. I'd put it in the same class or category as the .30-40 Krag.

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              I had a few friends that used them very effectively during the '60s. They are fine for hunting just about anything in North America within about 300 yards. According to my reloading manuals, they move a 150g bullet at 2800 fps, identical in velocity to the .308 Win.

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              • #8
                I use one that my uncle no longer wanted, I have taken coyote with it. I also hunt deer, but have not been successful thus far.

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