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In New Zealand and probably other one time British colonies there are considerable numbers of 303 rifles retired because of shot out barrels. This seems to be a waste, other than a few strange design quirks, the Lee Enfield is a reliable rifle and one of the very few with a ten shot magazine.

With a new 35 calibre barrel at about 18 inches in length and chambered for 35-303 these old rifles make excellent bush rifles. They are light and short and are very effective. Loaded to around 1800 fps recoil and muzzle blast are negligible. With a sound moderator fitted they remain compact and are very quiet.

Being light, short, low on recoil and inexpensive to produce a 35-303 makes an excellent short range rifle for women and youths. The 35-303 round can also be loaded to a velocity of approximately 2400 fps with a slight increase in recoil but achieving greater impact energy, as shown in the Ballistic charts below.

Ballistics for Hornady .358 dia. 250 gr. Round Nose at 1800 Feet per Second
At an Elevation Angle of: 0 degrees. Sight Height 1.5 inches Sight zero 50 yards.

Range (Yards)

Velocity (Ft/Sec)
Energy (Ft/Lbs)
Momentum (Lp-Sec)

Drop (inches)

Bullet Path (inches)
Wind Drift (inches)
Time of Flight (Seconds)
0
1800.0
1798.3
2.0
0.0
-1.5
0
0.000000000
50
1671.6
1550.8
1.86
-1.41
0.0
0
0.086486264
100
1550.9
1334.9
1.72
-5.93
-1.62
0
0.179666384
150
1439.0
1149.2
1.60
-14.08
-6.85
0
0.280106927
200
1337.0
992.1
1.48
-26.42
-16.29
0
0.388299851

 

Ballistics for Hornady .358 dia. 250 gr. Round Nose at 2400 Feet per Second
At an Elevation Angle of: 0 degrees. Sight Height 1.5 inches Sight zero 50 yards.

Range (Yards)

Velocity (Ft/Sec)
Energy (Ft/Lbs)
Momentum (Lp-Sec)

Drop (inches)

Bullet Path (inches)
Wind Drift (inches)
Time of Flight (Seconds)
0
2400.0
3196.9
2.66
0.0
-1.5
0
0.000000000
50
2246.2
2800.4
2.49
-0.79
0.0
0
0.064605102
100
2098.0
2443.0
2.33
-3.30
-0.22
0
0.133703484
150
1955.6
2122.7
2.17
-7.79
-2.43
0
0.207759657
200
1819.4
1837.2
2.01
-14.56
-6.91
0
0.287287501