I have a "beater" of a No. 5 that was sporterized to resemble a Rem 600 probably back in the period that those rifles were being offered. I figured I was probably the only guy who would buy it and so did the outfit selling it, so I got it very cheap. I have since talked with an older gentleman who taught at a large gunsmith school, and he saw several of these built on the SMLE as project rifles. I milled a scout base out of an existing base and slowly have figured out what it takes to make this old warhorse an accurate rifle.
Friday evening, I had a boar hog come to my yard feeder, so I slipped out the door, I keep the SMLE at the back door, to see if I could get a shot at it. It was in and out of the brush and finally decided to leave. As it went up the tank dam, I shot it right through the heart. It was 90-yards out.
The shot and precise hit were a lot of work in the making, and the second that I have made, so I'm feeling good about it. The image below shows all the info concerning the load which generates 2315 FPS from the rifle's 19" barrel.
Hodgdon's Hybrid 100V has proven to me to be a super powder for filling the case of this cartridge that was designed for black powder while keeping the pressures within its pressure limits. I've used a bunch of different jacket bullets but have found the PPU B125 180-grain SPBT to be the best in this rifle. I'm moving on to cast bullets and had just done the initial shooting with this 210-grain bullet last week.
I do have another SMLE, an NO. 4 MkI that was also sporterized (poorly) but is a super accurate shooter with its two groove bore. It is up at a gunsmith I use in NE, the guy is an artist, being turned into a modern scout rifle. It should end up like this one.
Mine will have a 20" threaded barrel, and I will retain the original peep and have a blade front sight regulated for the peep. That's me, slowly breathing new life into poorly sporterized SMLEs one rifle at a time.
Oh wait, I do have another, A Gibbs/Navy Arms Summit. These are remanufactured/rebarreled No. 4 Mk1s chambered in 45-70 Govt. The only plan that I have for it is milling a scout mount for the barrel.