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    Posted: October 17 2013 at 8:14pm
I get the feeling most of you blokes are not that interested in banged up old lithgows so I'm going to try and convert some of you.

This one is a 1918 action, matching numbers including barrel and sight with Queensland maple stock. Bore is sharp and shiny. As far as World War One dated lithgows go, this one is pretty good.

Enjoy the pics lads.
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You have a nice collection Homer. Do you shoot them at all? I only have one Lithgow, it's a No2mkIV* .22 It shoots quite well and will generally score low 90's/100 on a C50 at 50 metres from standard prone position. It is a 1943 converted after the war. It came to France via the USA and has had the Butt replaced at some time which is unfortunate, but not the end of the world!
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And a little group shot of 1918's. Its an interesting year for lithgow production in that you will see 1918 actions marked as MkIII's with cut-off, MkIII* with cut-off slot, MkIII* without cut-off slot and   MkIII* with the star peened out. All examples are represented here.
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Originally posted by Zed Zed wrote:

You have a nice collection Homer. Do you shoot them at all? I only have one Lithgow, it's a No2mkIV* .22 It shoots quite well and will generally score low 90's/100 on a C50 at 50 metres from standard prone position. It is a 1943 converted after the war. It came to France via the USA and has had the Butt replaced at some time which is unfortunate, but not the end of the world!



No Zed I don't shoot them really, but not because I'm worried about wear and tear. I generally don't get much time and have one or two that I do shoot if I get the opportunity.
If your lithgow was a post war lithgow conversion, its not surprising that it had a butt replaced. Most that I've seen were completely refurbished with new wood and parts.  
I've seen a number of 22 conversions in the US with what appear to me to be dodgy butts with a six pointed star rather than the seven pointed star. 
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Holy smokes!! That is one nice collection you have Homer! I didn't know about the 1918 production and the cut off slot/marking variations so thanks for that info.
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Originally posted by Bear43 Bear43 wrote:

Holy smokes!! That is one nice collection you have Homer! I didn't know about the 1918 production and the cut off slot/marking variations so thanks for that info.
 
Not only did Lithgow produce in 1918 the
MkIII with cutoff,  then
MkIII* with cutoff slot, no cutoff, then
MkIII* no slot 
they also produce in 1922/23
MkIII*s no slot, then
MkIII* with slot, no cutoff, then
MkIIIs with cutoff
So reverse of what they did in 1918.
Australians are easily confused so any changes to production had to be done one at a time, their morning & afternoon tea breaks are only 10min long so re-training is only required first thing in the morning & after lunch. Wink LOL
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It used to be only needed first thing in the morning, until all the kiwis moved to the west island.Big smile
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Yep that's right mate, good information.

Here's examples of 1922 lithgows, one MkIII* with cut-off slot and one MkIII* with out cut off slot.   Note also one butt with butt disc and one without. AGA is Australian Garrison Artillery.
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".... I get the feeling most of you blokes are not that interested in banged up old lithgows  ..."oh contrare - we enjoy them , we just seldom get to see such fine examples , thanks for posting yours , 
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I am slowly starting to lose some of my Lithgow ignorance Wink  I just never had much exposure to Lithgow rifles and their manufacturing history. I appreciate you guys providing info and examples of that history. It's appreciated!
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That is one fine looking Lithgow Star
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