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History of .303 British Ammo:
.303 British ammunition was first used by the British military in 1888 as black powder ammunition. As the first rifle chambered for the .303 British, the Lee-Metford rifle, later known as the Lee-Enfield rifle, eventually evolved to use cordite, a smokeless powder, instead of black powder. Over the course of 70 years, the .303 British served in both world wars, the Boer War and the Turkish War of Independence.
There were many .303-caliber fighter aircraft machine guns in British service during World War II, including the Vickers machine gun, the Lewis machine gun, as well as bolt action military rifles and civilian rifles, such as the Winchester Model 1895 and Ruger No. 303 British Ammo For Sale
In spite of this, the 303 British round’s history cannot be separated from the most iconic British rifle it was loaded into – the Lee Enfield .303 Rifle, affectionately referred to as “Smelly” by British soldiers. As a standard-issue rifle since 1903, it has played a crucial role in both world wars and countless other conflicts throughout the British Empire and the United Kingdom.
According to gun historian Ron Palmer, the gun played a major role in the creation of our modern world, and this is no exaggeration. During their campaigns in Cyprus, Iraq, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tibet, and West Africa, the British Empire used these weapons. Until 1958, it remained the primary caliber issued to British infantry troops during the independence struggles of virtually all nations resisting the British.
Since the weapon had an inauspicious start, this is ironic. Despite winning the Second Boer War at great cost, the Boer Mausers outshot the British by a couple of hundred yards, making them far better weapons. During the third World War, 88,000 Boers managed to repel 450,000 British troops for three years, costing the Empire 22,000 men and 222 million pounds of sterling. They then redesigned Smelly, Mark III.
In the First World War, this weapon was introduced to the British troops, and they fell in love with it. Kaiser Bill’s troops often thought they were being shot at by machine guns because they could fire 30 rounds per minute at great accuracy. Over seven trillion cartridges were produced by British factories during World War I. Many of the places where the 303 British round still remains in regular use show the mark of the British Empire. The Indian Home Guard, for example, still uses the round. The durable and long-lasting arm is going to be used by many factions fighting in Afghanistan.
Japan produced a number of weapons that were direct copies of British firearms, primarily in Japanese aircraft, which were very similar to the British 303 round. Japanese 7.7mm rounds are very similar to the British 303. Due to their rimmed design, the rounds used inside these weapons are similar to the comparable British rounds – the .303. These rounds are also similar to the 303 in the sense that they are rimmed. 7.7mm rounds made in Japan are either rimless or semi-rimmed, which distinguishes them from rimmed rounds.
.303 British Ammo: Performance
A .303 British bullet weighs between 150 grains and 180 grains, has a muzzle velocity ranging from nearly 2,700 feet per second to more than 2,700 feet per second, and generates approximately 2,400 to 2,600 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. The .303 British is still produced by several manufacturers – including Federal, Remington, and Winchester – for civilian use. It comes in a soft point, a full metal jacket, and a hollow point. There have been several variations of the .303 British cartridge, including FMJ bullets, armor-piercing and incendiary rounds, tracer bullets, and a special marking round that produced a puff of smoke upon impact.
Almost all North American game animals, including elk and moose, can be hunted with this rather heavy bullet moving at high speed. There are surplus rifles available in .303 British that can be used for hunting a wide variety of games in Africa and Australia. Despite not being the most popular cartridge, the .303 British remains a reliable performer and is widely available.
In spite of the fact that the 303 British is a popular surplus round, its primer is often made of corrosive materials, so they have a number of drawbacks. Although they can still be used safely, you do have to clean the weapon thoroughly after every use to remove all of the salts that build up. You should always assume that British .303 ammo uses these corrosive primers before you fire it and clean your weapon after each round you fire.
Additionally, .303 British ammunition can be used to fire a wide variety of weapons that have slightly different specs. Due to the fact that the British military made different “marks” of the weapon, the ammunition might not be suitable for what you are using your gun for and can damage the weapon. Mark 8 ammunition, for example, is stamped with “VIII” (the Roman numeral for “8”). They are not suitable for traditional rifles since they can damage the barrel considerably.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can a .303 be used for hunting?
In spite of its modest muzzle velocity, the .303 load proved to be excellent hunting ammunition, giving deep straight-line penetration. In the years following the Anglo-Boer War, thousands of Lee-Enfield rifles were used for hunting. Today, it is just as effective as it was then.
Is the 303 British interchangeable?
It is not possible to interchange 303 British cartridges. Neither the cartridge dimensions nor the bullet diameter is compatible.
Is 303 British Good for deer?
If you make the right shot placement and prepare for average conditions, with a medium grain expanding bullet, and with a mid-range distance, then the .303 British is a good choice for whitetail deer hunting.