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All:  I have the angular surface on the left side, NOT the smooth radius. So, this indicates a British made receiver? 
What I am starting to piece together is that this rifle has been through FTR twice. First time at Fazakerley, second time at POF as when looking closely at the barrel there is a Pakistani Crescent with a star proof mark. There is a mix of Fazakerley, Long Branch, and BSA parts. How this ended up in The Abyssinian Empire (Ethiopia) pre-1974 is anybody’s guess. But the fascinating thing is that this is an old warrior that spans WW2, and any number of Asian and East African wars. It is a sound rifle with great accuracy and I like it. 
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I can confirm that my Long Branch 0L Mk 1/2 receiver has the radiused edge and my 69L Mk 1/3 has the angled edge.  

So Long Branch made both patterns.  
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Interestingly enough my early No4Mk1 no star Savage 1C5237 and my 1943 No4Mk1* Savage 73C2642 have identical radiuses. 
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Originally posted by 36IDRedleg 36IDRedleg wrote:

All:  I have the angular surface on the left side, NOT the smooth radius. So, this indicates a British made receiver?  

In all likelihood, it is a British made receiver, however, Long Branch also made receivers with the angled edge (my 69Lxxxx has the angled edge).  

Can those who have Long Branch rifles check the left side of the action body above the top edge of the forend and tell us if there is a machined radius or a machined angle?  The number prefix before the “L” should be enough.  

Here are my two Long Branch No. 4 rifles:

1. 0L34XX Mk 1/2 



2. 69L61xx Mk 1/3




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Originally posted by 36IDRedleg 36IDRedleg wrote:

All:  (So, this indicates a British made receiver?)
It is a sound rifle with great accuracy and I like it. 
 
To answer the question you asked, the answer would apparently be a NO, based off of britrifles photos of his Long Branch rifles. Without any pictures other than the one you have supplied us with, there is not much else to go off of as to who originally produced the rifle. Suffice it to say however, you have a sound rifle,it shoots straight,and you like it. That's all that really matters...
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OK, I have hopefully broken the code on how to upload photos.  See these and render an opinion.  
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