Santa Fe Mountaineer

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by bravo13moyer, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. bravo13moyer

    bravo13moyer New Member

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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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  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    [​IMG] bravo13moyer to the forum.

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

    Again, WELCOME.
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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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?

    JD
     
  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New 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.
     
  5. Shingles44

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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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  6. bravo13moyer

    bravo13moyer New Member

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    thanks for the help

    yeah thats the rifle, thanks for all the help
     
  7. WILDCATT

    WILDCATT New Member

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    rifle

    thats a number 4....tell by the cocking piece.cant see enuf for any more.
    :rolleyes: :eek: :D
     
  8. saint217

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    .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
     

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  9. MrBelge

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    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.
     
  10. MrBelge

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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.
    Dan.
     
  11. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    Golden State Arms

    Golden State Arms - Santa Fe Sporter
    This might tell you what you want. Make sure to click on "home" at the bottom of the site page.


    Here is mine with a composite stock and a homade scope mount.
     

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  12. evonhanson

    evonhanson New Member

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    Did you ever find a manual?

     
  13. daltonwinchenbach

    daltonwinchenbach New Member

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    golden state arms 303b

    i also need more info on this gun ill load pics when i can i just bought ittoday it shoots amazing but the markings are as follows santa fe - mountaineer golden state arms corp. pasadena calif. serial number 2343 and numbers on the bolt are FY MK11. i would like to know how to identify it so i know ware to get parts shouldn i ever need them
     
  14. daltonwinchenbach

    daltonwinchenbach New Member

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    here it is does anyone have any ideas on it?? i would really like to be able to put a name on it so i can find parts should i ever need any, maybe even a value for it??
     

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  15. TLuker

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    It's a Lee Enfield No4 Mk II. The rifle shown by saint217 is a Lee Enfield No1 MkIII. They were England's battle rifle for WWI and WWII and IMHO the best bolt action battle rifle but that is highly subjective. Do a search on Lee Enfield and you find lots of info. :)
     
  16. drboompa

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    I have one just like yours. They tried to convert it into a Jungle Carbine.