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Old 01-31-2009, 04:50 AM   #1
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I just got a Golden State Arms Santa Fe Mountaineer 303b and cant find anything about it anywhere. can any one tell me about it.

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Old 01-31-2009, 05:43 AM   #2
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bravo13moyer to the forum.

I can't help but someone will be here shortly.

Again, WELCOME.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:50 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum - You got me stumped as well. I am betting Robo, Bob Wright or stalkingbear will be along shortly and can provide some insight though....

Guys?? Any help for our newest member?

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Golden State Arms located in Pasadena ca, was an importer of firearms that were made in Japan and Europe. While it did achieve private label status on a few guns. Most were just working man guns. These guns have little collector value.

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As cpttango said, Golden State Arms was one of many importers of military surplus arms in the fifties and sixties. I would guess that what you have is some variant of the British Army .303 Lee Enfield bolt action rifle that was the battle rifle of the British Army in World Wars I & II.


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yeah thats the rifle, thanks for all the help

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thats a number 4....tell by the cocking piece.cant see enuf for any more.

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Default .303 markings, can u help with identifing?

so I got this .303 for my birthday, its stamped all to hell and back, can anyone help identify them, year and such?303-british-004.jpg

303-markings.jpg   303-british-001.jpg   303-british-002.jpg   303-british-003.jpg  
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Default Santa Fe Mountaineer .303 brit.

Just bought one a few days ago and of course due to CA laws had to wait 10 days before pick up. Looking for any info on above rifle, how does it shoot etc.. Thanks.

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This is the EXACT same rifle that I purchased for $249 +tax, am not sure as it's age, however previous owner does not seem to have shot it much if at all! Bore is spotless, no pits etc, rifling is deep and bright again no pitting. I tried it by shooting 20 rounds (could only find 1 box of ammo locally but have several on their way from Cheaper than dirt), I shot all free standing using the iron sights, I fired 5 rounds at 25 yards, got a 1 & 3/8 group, centered 2" above center of 4 inch round EZ see target, 5 rounds at 50 yards, again well centered, 2 & 1/8 group about 3" above center, remaining 10 rounds at 100 yards, 5 & 1/4 inch group centered but 1 & 1/2 inch below center of target. Not too shabby for this type of firearm and with 57 year old eyes with bi-focals LOL.
2 things that were not great, trigger is atrocious (12lbs or so?) heavy and gritty, if someone can give me pointers on how to remedy this, it would be greatly appreciated, other is felt recoil, am not recoil sensitive (Ruger 77 in 458 WinMag, in 338 WinMag, my first store bought centerfire in 1970 a Remington 600 in 308Win which kicks like a mule!) but this thing is downright nasty with 180 grainers, ordered a Packmayer Decellerator LOL.
Thank you for any info you may be able to share.
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