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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
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
Ballistics for Hornady .358 dia. 250 gr. Round Nose at 2400 Feet per