Old British Warhorse

Discussion in 'Military Surplus - Curios & Relics' started by nbkky71, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. nbkky71

    nbkky71 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2017
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    450
    Location:
    Davidson, NC
    This morning I braved the chilly temps and went out to practice some position shooting and hauled along my old Enfield warhorse for some plinking.

    She's a '42 Canadian Long Branch No4 Mk1* and today I ran some MkVIIIz 175gr ball ammo through it. There were a few fliers in the group, but for 1941/1942 surplus this stuff shoots pretty well! Fliers aside, the group in the middle comes in around 1.7 MOA, which isn't too shabby for a 75 year old rifle shooting ball ammo at 200 yards

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The best I can find, the ammo was from ROF Spennymoor, based on the double broad arrow headstamp. But from what I read, the Brits dropped the double broad arrow in '41 and used an SR stamp instead. Interesting that it's a '42 date but still using the broad arrow marks.
     
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017
    pirate, Amps 13, J.R Priddy and 8 others like this.
  2. kcult

    kcult Make Forums Great Again Charter Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    3,262
    Likes Received:
    5,374
    Location:
    ChesCo SC
    I'm not going to say what my old eyes thought the thread title was.
     
    Gspec and Cocked & Locked like this.
  3. Inglis

    Inglis Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,560
    Likes Received:
    861
    Location:
    Asheboro,NC
    Great rifle.
     
  4. bennnn

    bennnn Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    155
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    NC
    From what I can see, that's a good looking rifle.
     
  5. rintintindog68

    rintintindog68 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2017
    Messages:
    191
    Likes Received:
    187
    Location:
    Raleigh
    Love the Enfield, have a 1943 Long Branch myself....among others...
     
  6. J.R Priddy

    J.R Priddy Happy to be here

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2016
    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    NC
    Nice rifle! I just bought one the mag is kind of stiff going in and out is that normal or maybe the mag is messed up?
     
  7. Slacker

    Slacker Liquor and Whores...

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    1,503
    Likes Received:
    1,854
    Location:
    Mebane NC / Durham NC
    You think those rounds are loaded with the old spaghetti pyrite powder?
    That stuff looks cool.
     
  8. GoWolfpack

    GoWolfpack Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2016
    Messages:
    855
    Likes Received:
    1,049
    Location:
    Suffolk, VA (Formerly Rolesville and Tarboro, NC)
    The magazine is normally loaded from the top without being removed.

    Sent from my XT1565 using Tapatalk
     
    NCLivingBrit and J.R Priddy like this.
  9. gsimmons

    gsimmons Active Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2016
    Messages:
    558
    Likes Received:
    1,807
    Location:
    Hendersonville,NC
    Do you mean, cordite? No, it’s smokeless powder. MkVIIz and MkVIIIz used nitrocellulose powders. MkVII and MkVIII used cordite. The 7 used 174gr. flat based bullets and VIII used a 174gr. boat tail bullet for use in the Vickers MMG for longer ranges. Both were loaded to similar velocities.
     
    Slacker likes this.
  10. Jeremy2171

    Jeremy2171 Semper Gumby

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2016
    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    273
    Location:
    K'ville
    Very nice shooting!

    I have a new resolution to never shoot cordite milsurp again due to the high burning temp and erosiveness to the throat... Only "z" marked milsurp or handloads from now on!
     
  11. NCLivingBrit

    NCLivingBrit Clueless Protoplasm Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2016
    Messages:
    3,338
    Likes Received:
    5,221
    Location:
    Kernersville NC
    It was in fact often a disciplinary matter to remove the magazine for purposes other than cleaning. The British Army for a long time assumed troops would waste ammo if they could reload too fast.

    As for Enfields I always had a hankering for one converted to .308
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2018
    J.R Priddy likes this.
  12. jcornSS

    jcornSS Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    NC
    The "z" indicates nitrocellulose powder. Probably a Brit version of 4895. I had an ammo can full of the same ammo but was all click-bang. Ended up pulling the boolits.
     

Share This Page