I'm thinking about getting one of these as a shooter, and a feral hog gun. Anyone have experience with this rifle? What do you think?
Yeah I should have kept them. I sold the No.1 (1918 Lithgow) and the No.4 (1953? Long Branch) years ago and doubled my money ($150 ea. or so). The Savage had been sporterized and I never liked it that much. Still have the carbine and I plan on keeping it. Over here you used to see these all over the place and cheap. Now you almost never see them at shows. I really liked the action and the 10rd capacity. Good old rifles.....Chaffee, a nice No. 4 goes for around $500+ over here. The SMLE a little more.
I had a Lithgow (Aussie) No.1 Mk.III* for several years and loved it. It never let me down. The have an action second only to the Krag for smoothness and the Enfields are infinitely stronger. Plus the butt was designed to be able to be used as a club and the bayonet can double as a short sword, what's cooler than that. Being wrong handed, I sold mine after I got an M1. Much easier for me to use. With the rimmed ammo you just have to remember to load the cartridges toward the front of the magazine and slide them back, otherwise you can get rimlock that to those inexperienced with rimmed bolt actions (like myself) can make the rifle seem like it's completely locked up.
Yes, it was a sad day and a pointless exercise. Cost the tax payer millions of pounds and gun crime was not affected in the slightest. Fortunately I disposed of my SAA Colts (at a profit) before it happened but I did have to hand in a very nice DS and a mint Diamondback (took the ivory grips off first) along with a couple of Scouts and two Armi San Marco SAA clones. Not to mention the CZ75.Hi Rio;
Have a friend who lives in West Yorkshire near Wakefield whon we go over to see on occasion. He had a pretty decent collection of guns until the '97 handgun ban. I'm even still mad about that and I didn't have to sustain the loss.
That's a nice SMLE in the photograph. In that condition, if everything matches and it has a good bore, it could probably bring close to $1000 over here.Image of the Mk III NO.1 ( which is my favorite pattern of them )