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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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303 British reload

Does anyony reload 303 British. I was at Bass Pro and did not see any bullets, dies or brass for the 303. I just aquired the rifle and need some help.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 06:55 PM
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Re: 303 British reload

My load is the speer 150gr spitzer SP with 39gr of IMR 3031. It shoots great out of my sporterized 303. I got my dies and bullets at Cabelas.
Hope this helps and good luck.
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Re: 303 British reload

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what caliber is listed on the Speer box. I am having trouble matching the 303 to a bullit box?
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 08:12 PM
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Re: 303 British reload

Look for .311 bullets.
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Re: 303 British reload

Thanks
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Re: 303 British reload

Like Big Ken said look for .311 bullets
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 11:53 AM
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Re: 303 British reload

Remember reading somewhere that there was a pretty big difference in bore diameters in alot of the rifles. remember reading try .311 and .312. Anyone else hear this.
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Re: 303 British reload

John Barsness has a good article on the .303 in the current issue of Handloader....Like his, my Number One has a .314" bore...I use a Hornady bullet that runs .312 with acceptable accuracy...John notes that some .303s will shoot certain .308" bullets, something I've not tried...

I did some limited testing with mine last year and will post the load which I settled on (it's at camp) when I go up this weekend....

Bore diameters do run .310-.314....

Fellow in Canada makes bullets in several diameters....I'll give you his contact info if you like....prices are on the high side, IMO, but, then again, they're custom bullets....
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Re: 303 British reload

Something you should be cautious of. Many of the 303 rifles I have encountered had over sized chambers and case life was very short.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-07-2011, 01:39 PM
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Re: 303 British reload

I had two all original Enfield no.5 MK1 "Jungle carbines". When I would eject the spent brass I'd notice the shoulder was pushed front on both of them almost like they were Ackley improved! Of course they weren't because if they had been the change in the brass would have been much more noticeable. But it made me wonder about those Enfield chamber specs.
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