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    Posted: December 21 2018 at 9:03am
Like having a fat girl friend or riding a moped, nobody sees me out in public with these ones. And seeing that this is the aftermarket Enfield section, I dont feel ashamed to show off a couple of my favorite Bubbas, humm,  I mean sporters.

These are not the most pristine, nicest finish or classy woodwork. However, there is just something about them that makes them feel good in my hands, well balanced and they come up to my eye effortlessly. They point and swing like a BB gun. Nice thing is, if I get another scratch or ding in them, I dont fuss. They get carried and used. They get the job done.

Funny thing is that I didn't start out with the intention of building a sporter, more of a metamorpasis where I have a pile of parts in my junk drawer that I took off rifles during restoration. A barrel gets screwed into an action and I find a bolt. Then a butt and fore arm....

Cool thing is that when I am done assembling all these cast off parts, I end up with a rifle that to me feels like a freebee. The only thing that costs me is maybe a decent sear or cocking piece, a bolt head or a striker to get it within specs.

Checking for pics to post, I realised that these ones actually do change over time as I find a piece that I figure would work well on it. So they continue to morph.


1908 Sht.LE Mk.III. 21 inch barrel with a Weaver 2.5K scope in a detachable side mount. By more good luck than good judgement, this thing is very accurate. If I can see it, I can hit it. Cheek riser is made from the top of an old army boot (it works!).




1897 MLE Mk.I. 18 inch barrel that will mount the P1888 bayonet. This little puppy gets slung over my back, muzzle down when I am out hiking in the woods. I can at times forget that it is there.




1896 MLE Mk.I. 18 inch barrel in .375 2-1/2 Nitro Flanged. The plan was to turn this into a Lee Speed style sporter, however, it sits in a wood set that has been reduced to a minimum, the thing is so light to carry and balances right at the magazine. This one bounces around in my bush Jeep in a floor rack. Metalwork is painted with rattle can black rust paint and it never rusts. I love it.

Check out the slender woodwork. The plan is still to one day to make that nice Speeder style wood set, but for now it is just too useful as is.


1899 LEC Mk.I. This one has an uncut barrel and is destined to be restored back to cavalry carbine form. But for now it is my deer rifle fitted with a rear peep sight. The wood set used is carbine's original wood but modified. Judging by the wood grain, the material used for the raised comb and pistol grip came from the cut off fore end. (No, I didnt do that!).

I have a bunch of other sporters that have been through Bubbas workshop. They sit quietly waiting for their turn across the bench. But non of them seem to have the same comfortable feel as these, like a pair of well worn slippers..

Do you have an old  favourite beater that you just keep around to shoot?
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Yup! my "Goobermint Model Sporter" built on a No5.

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I like them all!
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Very Interesting group. Thanks for sharing the pics. 
 
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Nice looking sporters, that you love them is all that matters.  You have them performing a function, they are being used.  Congratulations.  Alan
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I love the stock on that first rifle, almost looks too good to be on a scrub gun ( what we call a bubba here ). I have a couple of similar rifles but mine are more re-barrelled with cut down stocks...one in 7x57R and the other in 257 Roberts rimmed.The Roberts was done because it originally had a 303/25 barrel ( a very common conversion down here )with a rough chamber and I had a pile of 7x57R brass left over after I sold my BRNO 7x57R/12g combination.The chamber cleans up nicely and the re-formed brass just needs a bit of neck turning.

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