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CharlesHunter
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New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA
      #356978 - 23/09/21 05:09 PM

Went to my local gunshop last week and on their counter was a Lee Speed they were in the process of buying. I expressed an interest and came home with it the next day (lucky enough to have a dealers licence so no waiting for purchase approvals). Limited knowledge so far but it is a BSA with Army & Navy CSL on the dustcover and is in the No.2 pattern. Serial in the 26### range an has the grip/top safety and probably has about 60 to 70% original finish. Can anyone tell me what the alpha numeric code (4 digits) under the BSA name on the right hand receiver strap means? Will put some pictures up once I work out how to do it. Steve.

Lee Speed

Ok worked out how to post a link to the pictures I think. Steve

Edited by CharlesHunter (23/09/21 08:23 PM)


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #356980 - 23/09/21 07:59 PM

Welcome to the forum CH.
Sorry I can't help you on the code, but there are quite a few Lee Speed aficionados here, hopefully they'll chime in soon! A photo or 2 will help immensely for your identification purposes.
Lovely pick up by the way, what calibre is it in?


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #356982 - 23/09/21 09:07 PM

Nice pick up welcome to the forum Cheers Mick

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #356983 - 23/09/21 11:18 PM

Welcome Steve. Any connection to the old Charles Hunter gunshop?

Good time to be in the local gunshop, when it was being purchased.

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: NitroX]
      #356984 - 23/09/21 11:46 PM

Welcome and congrats on a lovely rifle!!

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: degoins]
      #356989 - 24/09/21 02:11 AM

Welcome Steve - what a lovely rifle.

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: Daryl_S]
      #356992 - 24/09/21 03:55 AM

here it is



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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: NitroX]
      #357013 - 24/09/21 10:29 AM


Good morning, yes indeed that is the connection and where the name comes from ( Dad's old business) and it was a fortunate happenstance. To interesting to pass on and price was reasonable and obviously acceptable.


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #357015 - 24/09/21 10:44 AM

Thanks Lancaster for putting the picture up!

Now that people can see it I will point out that it is not the original barrel but the sights, sling eye and barrel profile match the original (no woodwork was modified) and is now in 303/25. No other refinishing has been done all of which was done maybe 30 odd years ago.

The rifle came with one box of Super Brand ammunition with 4 rounds being fired and I am confident that this is all that has been put through the new barrel. Will be fun to shoot once I get some dies and ammo loaded up. Steve.


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #357023 - 24/09/21 02:16 PM

who ever did it made a good work, thinking now that it happen its an extra to have a lee speed in 303/25.
maybe its the only one for this cartridge worldwide.

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #357043 - 25/09/21 06:15 AM

Quote:

Will be fun to shoot once I get some dies and ammo loaded up. Steve.



Try SIMPLEX here mate
forming dies
https://simplexreloading.com.au/4-photo-layout/simplex-master-dies/
Die lists
https://simplexreloading.com.au/die-list/
Whoever did the work certainly did a good job, even if it's in 303/25 it will be still a good round, with good shot placement & good projectiles they will drive deep if needed, so any good red deer will be in serious trouble if you get the chance to do so!


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: 93x64mm]
      #357059 - 25/09/21 05:51 PM

Any chance of posting a photo of the markings on the right hand side of the receiver wrist?

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: Hunter4752001]
      #357070 - 26/09/21 03:44 PM

btw, the reason for this 303/25 barrel was probably a shot out and cordite ruined 303 barrel so it a happy end

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: lancaster]
      #357104 - 27/09/21 08:41 AM

Hunter4752001, can't seem to get the hang of posting photos on here as yet, but this link should take you to a picture Speed Wrist

Edited by CharlesHunter (27/09/21 08:42 AM)


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: CharlesHunter]
      #357173 - 01/10/21 10:07 AM

I think the 'code' on the wrist is the Army & Navy CSL (serial) number.
Often found on the trigger guard bow instead.

Nice rifle for sure.

I think the records from the A&N CSL are available yet. Do a search and I'm sure some info will appear.
Seems to me a University in Scotland had the records and would search them for a small price and photo copy the page or part of the page that contained your request.


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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: 2152hq]
      #357182 - 01/10/21 12:53 PM

Thanks Steve. The bolt seemed the wrong shape for a Lee Speed however the wrist confirms the rifle as a genuine Lee Speed. From memory, the the university in Scotland holding the firearm records for the Army & Navy Co-operative Society Ltd is the University of Glasgow. Maybe worth getting in touch with them. Congratulations on a great find.

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Re: New member and a new to me Lee Speed BSA [Re: 2152hq]
      #357183 - 01/10/21 01:48 PM

The number on the dust cover and the guard is the Army & Navy number (and they match) and from my limited research the number stamped on the underside of the bolt handle is the BSA number. I have found pictures of other rifles with the 4 digit alpha numeric code but no explanation as yet. I have an enquiry in with Glasgow University who apparently have the Army & Navy CSL records (Through the House of Fraser). Will be interesting to see what may come back. Thanks

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