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    What needs to be changed to convert a 303 to a 22 LR? I have the barrel liner, front and rear firing pin, extractor and bolt head taken care of, so is that all? Are the bolt bodies caliber specific?
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    The standard SMLE conversion uses the same bolt body, at a glance you have all the bits.

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    Great, now for another question related to a 303 caliber version. Is this bolt head useable? It appears so. It came off of a 1941 DP rifle. No DP markings and the hole isn’t welded. So I assume it’s good to go?
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    The bolt head, extractor and firing pin are all significantly modified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMLE2a View Post
    Great, now for another question related to a 303 caliber version. Is this bolt head useable? It appears so. It came off of a 1941 DP rifle. No DP markings and the hole isn’t welded. So I assume it’s good to go?
    Not every individual component part was marked "DP", usually just on the Body / Top of the Knox.

    DP rifles were built up using 'non-compliant', out of specification parts from scrap rifles. It is not recommended that any pressure bearing parts from a DP rifle are used on a 'live firing' rifle.

    An extract of a lengthy post in 2008 by the UK's most Senior Armourer :


    Let me give you another example too. NO dates here of course but ‘recently’ several hundred assorted weapons were recovered from a fire ravaged/damaged ship, sunk in low water (and later towed out to sea and scuttled). These were all quickly earmarked for scrap and eventually side tracked for DP/Training use. Like the other example, these were also cleaned, and refurbished, painted and ‘restored’ to aesthetically ‘serviceable’ condition. Oh, they looked good but within a couple of years, these had started to rust from under the welds, seams and joints.

    And before I forget, let me remind you of something else too, JUST in case you’re tempted to buy one to use as spare parts. This is what the Armourers bible says. ‘……..it will be assembled as far as possible with components which are below the standard required for a service weapon’. And another thing you ought to remember. There were NO gauging limits for DP rifles. Mmmmmmm, food for thought there!

    That’s about it. In my very limited experience as an Armourer and having overseen some of these DP programmes, I can tell you with certainty that they were all profusely marked DP so that their status was unambiguous. Agreed, some might be taken straight from stocks, but the rest ……………

    Would YOU trust one? There certainly IS a place for a DP rifle in a collection as it forms a place in the lineage of the breed. But in the cupboard or rack or on the wall. NOT on the firing point.

    When I'm gone, tell my wife to sell my 'toys' for what they are worth, NOT what I said I paid for them.

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