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OK, I understand. Each component had a mark #, its quite possible to have a Mk1 rifle with a Mk2 cocking piece & a Mk4 sight for example.
Your rifle is a Mk1 (no star) because the trigger is connected to the trigger guard, not the receiver & its not a * because it has a spring-loaded bolt release catch, instead of  cut rail.
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to expand just a little the mkI was built on the east side of the atlantic the mkI* [except for a very few mkIs] were built on the west side of the pond , only savage and longbranch made the mkI*, 


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This really confusing me.(but I'm easily confused)
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Your rifle was a standard British BSA Shirley No. 4 Mk. I (T) and it has been sporterized after it left the military. The barrel has been shortened. Brian d**k (BDL LTD)in South Carolina  http://bdlltd.com/ ;  is your best bet if you are in the USA for restoring it. 

If the scope SN matches the top of the butt at the wrist, and the bracket Sn matches the rifle, then it is a matched set and well worth restoring. A new barrel and new front furniture and fittings are straightforward. The increase in value would outweigh the cost of restoration. 

Twenty Canadian Long Branch sniper rifles were made during WWII that look like sporterized rifles and I have one of these experimental rifles. As well, at least one soldier sporterized a No. 4 Mk. I (T) 
The photo was taken in France in 1944 after D-Day (near Boulogne?) and shows a R.C.E.M.E. Sergeant with one. Totally unofficial and he likely salvaged a sniper rifle that had been written off. 

You can find information on these rifles on my web site at: 


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