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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 02 2019 at 11:25am
Be careful when buying a Lithgow rifle in the USA.
When the Lithgow company sold off it's stock of Lee Enfield rifles and part's; they were bought by J Jorinco Company in the USA. They received a mixture of complete rifles; as well as a lot of parts. They are known to have put together many rifles from the part's. They were sold as complete rifles; but are not necessarily finished to proper specification. Example: some did not have the brass reinforcements fitted to the coachwood fore end. Maybe also non matching bolt's etc.
A JJCo stamp on the receiver does not necessarily mean it's a "bitza"; but it certainly requires proper inspection before considering purchase.
However I would expect that this would be more relevant WWII production.

I have a J Jorinco stamped Lithgow No2MkIV*. It has matching numbers and is a very good shooting rifle. But the Butt stock is obviously a replacement; being incorrectly marked with a six pointed star instead of a seven pointed star!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AussieShooter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 01 2019 at 12:22pm
I am unsure if there are any restrictions on references to other broker sites and will be happy to modify my post if there are,   However, I am an Aussie living in Chicago and learned to shoot the 303 in army cadets and want to add an aussie enfield to my collection. 

On gunbroker.com there is a 1917 Lithgow Mk3* that appears to be largely unrestored, largely #s matching but not quite all original.   As a fan, but not an experienced collector, I would welcome any feedback, and happy to forward web links to anyone interested in providing their opinion.  I have been researching for about six months and happy to remain patient if this is not a good one. Quality over quantity!  Hopefully one day I can return the favour.

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