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    Posted: June 25 2014 at 5:47am
Yup. "Back in the day" It was a popular pastime making "wildcat" Improved rounds by blowing out existing cases into something with a bit more powder capacity, & so a bit more velocity.

Look in old reloading manuals & you'll find all sorts of "Improved" cases with exotic sounding names like "219 zipper, improved" & so on. There was even a joke designation the ".22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer", which was a real cartridge!
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Even though this is an old thread I'm going to throw in a summary because this thread shows up when someone searches on some of the .303 variations.
.303 British - .311 diameter bullet - A UK and Commonwealth military round used in the Lee-Enfield rifles and various other military weapons from 1888 until the 1980s. (in some countries) Popular in Canada as a hunting round because of the avaibility of surplus Enfields after WWII.
 
.303 Savage - .308 diameter bullet - A sporting cartridge developed by Arthur Savage for his model 1899 lever action rifle. Ballistically similar to a hot 30-30 but was factory loaded with a heavier bullet. Very popular hunting round in the US and parts of Canada from 1899 until the 50s/60s. Gradually lost ground to the 300 Savage and then the 308 Winchester rounds. Now hard to find factory ammo.
 
.303 Epps - .311 bullet - A .303 British variation invented by Canadian gunsmith Ellwood Epps - Not seen much outside of Canada, similar but not identical to .303 Improved
 
.303 Improved - .311 bullet - A .303 British variation with reduced case taper
 
.303 Sporting - .311 bullet - Shortened .303 British case to circumvent various laws banning ownership of firearms in military calibers. This may be the French version.
 
7.7X54R - .311 bullett - Australian version of .303 Sporting
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Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

I've never heard of-or seen-any animal known as the .303 Epps...& I live in Canada(I can prove it,by all the snow I'm under!!)
Hoadie(the Snowman)



     Mate. The Epps is defiantly a Canadian born Round  From what I can gather as I have never seen the round in the Flesh ,is that it is a 303 brit blown out to increase case capasity & has a much straighter case  Steve Redgwell is the Bloke to look up about it .

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i knew there was once a law reguarding military cartriges and that a lot of rifles were refitted for alternative cartriges , but i too appreciate the education on the 303 sporting cartrige
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I have seen an article on it some place in the past.... cant recall exactly.
I did ask the same question some time back about the .303 savage only because iI found a great deal on a 1000 rounds of .303 savage. and allmost bought them.... untill I asked whats the difference on this forum..
I think it was Dave who told me the difference.... or Maybe Hoadie ... or possibly Tony... maybe it was all three...
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I've never heard of-or seen-any animal known as the .303 Epps...& I live in Canada(I can prove it,by all the snow I'm under!!)
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There is also the 303 Epps up in Canada a sort of 303 Improved just to throw something else in the mix.  The 303 Savage is obsure the round sold well for a while because it was loaded with 190 grain soft points which were not availible for handloading. I knew a guy who bought the ammo just to pull the bullets they shot better than anything else in his 30-06.
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Ah. Thanks. I'd never heard of it, probably because it sounds like something unique to Oz to solve a problem.
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303 Sporting is very similar to the aussie round, the 7.7*54R which is a 303 shortened by 2mm. It was to get around a BS law prohibiting military chambered firearms here some decades back, but that law has long since been defunct.

    That Law was only in NSW  & at the time it was also illegal to shoot on Sundays !

     The local Ammo manufacturers used to produce 7.7x54 & they still show up every now & again ! I new a bloke who brought one, it was sold to him as a .303 Brit & had him buggered as to why it wouldn't chamber a round! There ended up about a 1/2 dozen of us "Experts" giving him advice. My Old Man was contacted & asked if he could throw some light on the subject (we thought it was the worst case of Headspace in the history of EnfieldsEmbarrassed) He arranged a time to look at the rifle & made sure all of us were there to see him prove we were wrong ! He inserts a round & it chambers ShockedConfused ,then removes the round & lets us look at it ! Still the penny didn't drop!Embarrassed He just shook his Head & muttered something about Morons & Spastics & explained that if we'd had any brains we would have known it was in fact a 7.7x54 !!!!!! Followed by pointing out we'd all owned one at on time or another (Hey I was innocent  I'd never owned one I'd shot a few but never owned one & that had been years before)


   I have also been told that back in the day when blokes wanted to make 303-25 and 303-270 they just pulled the projectile from a surplus 303 round and necked the case down with the cordite and primer still on it and seated the appropriate projectile in there.


      That was only ever done with the 303-270 ,the 25 came along latter in the piece . But Yeah it was a standard practice. Just after the War to do this

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303 Sporting is very similar to the aussie round, the 7.7*54R which is a 303 shortened by 2mm. It was to get around a BS law prohibiting military chambered firearms here some decades back, but that law has long since been defunct.

Basically a gunsmith cut down the barrel thread by two turns and screwed it back in, so the chamber was 2mm shorter. It prevented military ammunition from being used.

Although to make 7.7*54R you just took a surplus 303 round and put it through a die in a reloading press to shorten it 2mm. Makes sense don't it.

The 303 sporting is probably the european version.

I have also been told that back in the day when blokes wanted to make 303-25 and 303-270 they just pulled the projectile from a surplus 303 round and necked the case down with the cordite and primer still on it and seated the appropriate projectile in there.

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The .303 Savage is not as popular as it was, so the confusion is dying down a bit as less & less are asking for the round.
15~20 years ago it was a very different story. The Savage round was very popular in some areas and it was normal to be asked which one you wanted if you went and asked for a "box of 303".
 
"And not withstanding that, .303 British and .303 Sporting are also different!!"
 
Please learn me summink. I'm completely unfamiliar with the .303 sporting round. Can you let me know more about it?
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I reckon over the years I've seen about 2 or at the most 3  .303 Savages over here in AUZ ! I should say over in Canada & the US there could be some confusion with some people . I think from memory ,that the 303 Savage was named as such to promote it's sales in Canada . Though as pointed out the 303 Brit is a 312 where as the .303 Savage is a .308  & the Savage is  more like a 30-30 in appearance & performance (Not that ,that is a disadvantage )


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Either that or the blokes you buy your shooting gear off are not muppets and they actually know their stuff. 
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seems that 'silly millimeter' thing from the 60s cigaret commercials can take on a whole new meaning here ,
 
ive known the diferance between 303 savage / vs /303 british , but ive never had anyone question me when buying , and i was unaware of the 303 sporting , maybe i need to get out more
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Shamu is absolutely correct, in certain states if you walk into a shop and ask for 303 they will give you 303 Savage, and if you ask for 303 british they'll look at you like your speaking in german.  One of the shops I went to in Hawaii, the guy actually continually tried to correct me saying the proper name for the 303 is 303 Savage and that 303 British wasn't a proper term.
 
It was hilarious, not quite as funny as the guy that didn't believe Canada was part of NATO.  But that is a whole N-udder story!!!!  
 
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And not withstanding that, .303 British and .303 Sporting are also different!!


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