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armories were able to keep up with the Lee-Enfield, they cancelled the P14 contracts. When the U.S. entered the last year of the war there wasn’t enough Springfield 03s to meet demand, so the P14 was DURING the last year of WW I, the British P14 was rechambered to the .30-06 and rechambered to .30-06 and renamed the Enfield 1917. renamed the Enfield 1917. Actually, so many 1917s were match hollow point boattail bullets. For issued that they outnumbered the 03s that handloaders the choice of bullets range were our official service rifle. from 110 to 220 grains, from round nose The 1917 was a bit ungainly looking, to spitzers. The combination of bullets and but it was a dependable accurate rifle that suitable powders are unlimited. served well. Manufacturing stopped after The final historic rifle on our list is the WWI, but it served us into WWII and was Enfield 1917 chambered for the .30-06 car- issued to those countries that didn’t have tridge. It originally was a British design a sufficient number of arms for defense. called the P14. Before the start of WWI, When military production stopped afthe British wanted a rifle that was a com- ter WWI, in 1921 Remington took the bination of their Lee-Enfield and our action, cleaned it up a bit and sporterized Springfield 03. The Lee-Enfield character- it into the Model 30. It lasted until 1941, istics is the cocking on closing, a 2-posi- but it didn’t have the appeal of the Wintion rolling receiver safety (but on the chester Model 70 or a customized Springright-hand side), and the ladder type of rear field or Mauser. Remington replaced it with sight on the receiver bridge protected by their Model 720 and later the stronger metal ears (elevation only). The Spring- Model 721, which was a real success and field 03 characteristics included a stronger led to the development of the Model 700. designed action with a solid one piece bolt There were many other early military (the bolt also acted as an extra locking lug bolt actions that I haven’t mentioned that using a cut into the receiver), a 5-round are all a part of bolt action history. The 6.5 staggered column magazine, a long claw or 7.7mm Japanese Arisakas, the 7.35mm extractor for controlled feed, and a 1-piece Italian Carcano and the 7.5 mm French bolt with the lockup at the breech. They MAS 36 are just a few. Because the chance also designed a 276-caliber cartridge for it of running into these models is pretty slim, that was in the class of our .30-06. not to mention that the ammunition would With the onset of WWI the British were not be readily found (if at all), I decided to caught short of Lee-Enfield rifles for their stay with the ones that have stayed with troops. To compensate, they ceased further us throughout the years. experimentation of the .276 cartridge and We will no longer see the surplus availcontracted the United States (Remington, ability that occurred in the 1950s and ’60s, Winchester and Eddystone) to chamber or the prices of that time. However, there the P14 in the .303 British cartridge. Once are still many of these historical firearms the British rifle demand was met and their out there in pretty good shape, and some are still very affordable, with ammunition that’s readily available. So whether you are Fun Game answers: a beginning collector or a shooter who is game bird, skydance interested in the classics, what you have just read should get you started. SEPTEMBER 2009 63

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Contents
Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Double Eagle
Life & Times of the Whitetail
What is Public Access?
Fulfilling a Dream
Wild Goose Chase
Hunter Education Celebrates 50
The Old Beech Tree
Handguns for Bushytails
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Trapper’s Tips
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Fun Game
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunting Low for High Country Bears
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Double Eagle
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - What is Public Access?
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fulfilling a Dream
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Wild Goose Chase
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Hunter Education Celebrates 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Old Beech Tree
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Handguns for Bushytails
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Trapper’s Tips
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2009 - Crossings
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