SMLE 2A 7.62

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SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby FergusonTO35 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:25 am

The fun store has a rough but mostly complete Ishapore made SMLE 2A in 7.62x51 for $150.00. It is a Century import with an ungainly plastic sporter stock and forend and missing muzzle end hardware, which would be expected at this price point. Fortunately it seems to have the original sights and the receiver hasn't been drilled. I'm really not tempted that much, given that it would probably require alot more money in parts to bring it back to milspec configuration. Still, if it is still there after awhile I might make a lowball offer on it. Anybody know much about these rifles? Do stocks and other parts interchange at all with the .303 versions? An SMLE 2A has always been on my want list.
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Re: SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby 84minieldo » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:40 pm

Cool buy it!
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Re: SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby adam01364 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:32 am

Ah, the Smelly. Never had one, but they've caught my eye more than once. One of these days one will catch my wallet too.
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Re: SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby Flowmaster » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:43 pm

That sounds pretty cheap. Just make sure the barrel isn't a complete sewer pipe. I bet it got fed a lot of corrosive 7.62 back in the day and might not have been well maintained.

They're not making any more of them so they're likely to go up in value in the future. Even if you just held onto it in its current condition, you could cobble together the parts to make it right again at your leisure over an extended timeframe and still probably come out on top a few years down the road.
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Re: SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby FergusonTO35 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:37 am

I didn't know that 7.62 was ever made with corrosive primers. Looks like bringing it back to milspec would be around $150.00 according to Numrich. Anyhow I need to finish saving for my Browning Hi-Power before I buy another eternal project gun. If it's still there in a few months I might move on it.
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Re: SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby Flowmaster » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:11 am

Ah, very good point about the non-corrosive 7.62 ammo. I was thinking of the 303 made by POF which was just horrible dirty click-bang stuff.
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Re: SMLE 2A 7.62

Postby FergusonTO35 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:21 am

Somebody bought the 2A. Oh well, no big deal.
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