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Slug, Measure, & Match: Using the Right Bullet for the Right Barrel Diameter
By Mark Trope & R. Ted Jeo
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.303 Ackley Improved or Epps case dimensions?
I'm looking for case dimensions for the .303 Ackley Improved and .303 Epps. I can't seem to google them up anywhere. See, I have a SMLE No. 1, Mk. 3 that is nicely sporterized. Problem is, there's a small gouge been taken out of the chamber. It shows up as a slight bulge in the shoulder of the fired case. I'm sure it's plenty safe to shoot, but it leaves an unsightly looking case and I'm sure would result in reduced case life for the reloader. I'm thinking that perhaps reaming the chamber to .303 Ackley Improved or .303 Epps might be a relatively inexpensive to "fix" the problem. So, I need the dimensions for these cases so to know if the rifle's chamber would be increased in length enough with either of these conversions to take out the gouge. Maybe just the squared off shoulder of these improved cases would do it, but I'd still need dimensions to know that. Any help would be greatly appreciated.