SOLD FOR: $1332
Make: British Small Arms Company (B.S.A. Co.) of England
Model: Lee-Metford MkII. Now a Sporting Rifle
Serial Number: 20645
Year of Manufacture: 1893 to 1909. 1941 barrel date.
Caliber: .303 British
Action Type: Bolt Action with 6 Round Detachable Magazine
Markings: The top rear of the receiver and bottom of the bolt handle are each marked with the serial number. The top of the receiver is marked with a “crown / BM” proof. The barrel shank is marked with several inspection stamps that include “crowns” and “41”. The right side of the stock collar is marked “B.S.A. Co”. The buttplate is marked with “3 stacked rifles / BSA”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade atop a raised base. The rear sight consists of a stationary “V” notched blade, 2 flip up “V” notched blades, and a flip up sight ladder that uses a sliding “V” notched blade. The flip up blades are marked “200” and “300”. The sight ladder is marked from “4-10”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock has a pistol grip, hand checkering on the grip & forearm, 2 sling points, and a plastic buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches, surface loss, and a crack at the bottom. The wood shows scrapes, scratch, and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged the surface wood or checkering. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Overall the stock is in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The modern barrel uses Enfield rifling (not Metford rifling). The grooves are grey and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves and near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% its current metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, areas of thinning, and areas of discoloration. The barrel shows areas of light surface erosion. The screw heads show use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a refinished 6 round magazine. The feed lips have been repaired. Overall it isin about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refurbished.
Our Assessment: This Sporting Rifle started life as a Lee-Metford MkII. It was originally made by the British Small Arms Company (B.S.A. Co.) of England. It has since been converted to a Sporting Rifle. The rifle now uses a 1941 dated Enfield barrel with a custom rear sight installed. The action has been dropped into a hand checkered stock. This is a lightweight rifle that can put lots of .303 on target. Good luck.