An interesting film giving a broad overview of development of British breech loading rifles. The video is from a BBC2 series taken from a book by Christopher Roads, The Gun.
Christopher Roads latest project, restoring forts in Oman.
DeLisle Carbine 6/25/15
From: Richard Brengman
Actually I've learned the trick for getting original De Lisle and "Exact replica" to feed and function very well.
Have repaired several replicas in addition to making my own improved version.
It takes a modification to the top of the magazine well that creates a feed-ramp similar to a 1911.
The barrel feed ramp also has to be moved forward to correct the feed into the chamber.
After my repairs they will even feed hollow-point rounds.
Replicas I have seen also have an error in the ejector - bolt head.
Once that is corrected they can work very well.
Really no reason accuracy should be poor unless the barrel or baffle alignment is bad.
Lee Metford 6/23/15
From: P-J de Kock
I inherited a .303 rifle from my Dad who in turn inherited it from his Dad. It is a sporting .303 not a cut down military weapon, it has a shotgun style slide safety catch The serial number of the action is 8966 but it has a new barrel fitted in 1986 which has only fired about 40 rounds of ammunition.
I would like to know how old it is, the anecdotes indicate it was a wedding present in 1901
It is engraved and has the BSA company name on the action