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celtickevin
January 14, 2017, 01:53
Who makes the best hands down inch pattern receiver for a Aussie parts kit?

I'll take all the facts

And

Personal experience

nwobhm
January 14, 2017, 02:13
Lithgow

jam762
January 14, 2017, 09:05
Lithgow

Lithgow no longer makes them ;)

VALMET
January 14, 2017, 09:20
...and haven't in years unfortunately.

DakTo
January 14, 2017, 10:31
Lithgow Arms made the best imported receivers available in 1986. I built one on a standard and one on a Hbar. You will likely pay dearly for one of these receivers if you can find one at this point in time.

DSArms made a excellent Aussie inch pattern receiver which are now out of production. They occasionally appear for sale at a 50% increase of the original sale price on the secondary market.

DSA and Coonan are currently selling the British inch pattern receivers if you don't mind accepting non-Australian cut originality.

Century bottom of the barrel metric near inch conversions are on the secondary market for a few hundred bucks.

def90
January 14, 2017, 10:32
No one currently makes an Aussie cut receiver..

At one point DSA made a pretty good one and the ABNI Aussie cut receivers that Entreprise put out where good as well.

Currently DSA makes a British cut receiver and Coonan makes a British cut receiver which will be the closest thing you can get off the shelf.

nwobhm
January 14, 2017, 12:30
Lithgow no longer makes them ;)

The OP asked for the best....where did he specify that it had to be current production?

With patience and $ he can surely track down a Lithgow. :wink:

NFADLR
January 14, 2017, 12:32
OP Highlander much ?
As the phrase is "there can be only one"

http://www.gpforums.co.nz/attachment.php?attachmentid=210193&stc=1&d=1458802962

celtickevin
January 14, 2017, 12:46
So for a re production inch fal receiver what would you go with ?
If lithgow is the best what would be the greatest compromise on the market today? Current production wise ?

nwobhm
January 14, 2017, 12:56
So for a re production inch fal receiver what would you go with ?
If lithgow is the best what would be the greatest compromise on the market today? Current production wise ?

Current production there is nothing.

There are DSA Aussie receivers floating around, track one of them down. An ad in the MP should get you one quickly in the +/-$650 range.

pistolero1911
January 15, 2017, 10:33
Any thoughts on a Type III IMBEL GL made in inch pattern?

Should this be used for all inch pattern SLRs or only British L1A1 builds?

def90
January 15, 2017, 10:42
Well, a type 3 isn't going to match any inch rifle.. Aussie or Brit. It will be a fumctional rifle but cosmetically it isn't going to be any closer to one or the other.

pistolero1911
January 15, 2017, 10:50
Understood on the cosmetics, but functionally, there shouldn't be any problem with using an IMBEL inch pattern with any commonwealth build, assuming that it was made within specs, something that IMBEL seems to do very well.

MAINER
January 15, 2017, 11:14
Functionally, no. An Imbel Receiver works very well with L1A1 parts attached to it. I have a CAI mutt of Aussie parts on an Imbel that works just fine after I did a bunch of work on it, none of which had anything to do with the Receiver being an Imbel.

My Receiver was modified for the L1A1 Charge Handle, but was not cut for L1A1 mags. I know that some CAI Imbels were converted for L1A1 mags.

JonnyP
January 19, 2017, 17:49
Entreprise also had inch cut forged receivers. They were manufactured for them by ABN Industrial Co in Buena Park, CA. They come up in the MP fairly frequently. They can be recognized by either being marked Buena Park, CA instead of Irwindale CA and/or they have ABNI stamped above the locking shoulder.

There's a thread here:
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285140

These can be the basis of an excellent kit and while they do unfortunately have Entreprise stamped on them, they are generally really good receivers. The most accurate L1A1 I've owned was built on an ABNI receiver.

Worth chasing up. For what it's worth, Anthony (Croc) who really specializes in Aussie builds, swears by them. I have no association with him.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/593332258

Impala_Guy
January 19, 2017, 18:59
I like the older DSA / LMT made ones. They dont say SPORTER or 308 on the sides, though i wish they had correctly put the serial number under the ejection port and the DSA info a little less conspicuous.

HibikiR
January 22, 2017, 17:17
Another option that's popped up a few times here is an Aussie kit matched to a METRIC Type I receiver.

Don't remember the rationale behind that move but it can be done. Maybe it was because of the lightening cuts and the metric mags.

Kb466
January 22, 2017, 17:21
Yes, I have an Entreprise ABNI receiver on my Aussie L1A1 build. Best L1A1 receiver I've seen, other than an original Lithgow. Beautiful receiver! By the way Anthony of Croc's did the final assembly and finish on my L1A1-- a native Aussie who grew up working on SLR's. As was said, he says the Entreprise ABNI receivers are the best post-Lithgow receivers. I don't think they have been made since around 1990. Still they do show up for sale occasionally on GB and the like.
Bill M.
Entreprise also had inch cut forged receivers. They were manufactured for them by ABN Industrial Co in Buena Park, CA. They come up in the MP fairly frequently. They can be recognized by either being marked Buena Park , CA instead of Irwindale CA and/or they have ABNI stamped above the locking shoulder.

There's a thread here:
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285140

These can be the basis of an excellent kit and while they do unfortunately have Entreprise stamped on them, they are generally really good receivers. The most accurate L1A1 I've owned was built on an ABNI receiver.

Worth chasing up. For what it's worth, Anthony (Croc) who really specializes in Aussie builds, swears by them. I have no association with him.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/593332258

48th Highlander
January 26, 2017, 01:30
I am that Highlander. Maybe the 48th Highlander. But I'm the guy.

garandguy10
October 16, 2017, 22:25
Yes, I have an Entreprise ABNI receiver on my Aussie L1A1 build. Best L1A1 receiver I've seen, other than an original Lithgow. Beautiful receiver! By the way Anthony of Croc's did the final assembly and finish on my L1A1-- a native Aussie who grew up working on SLR's. As was said, he says the Entreprise ABNI receivers are the best post-Lithgow receivers. I don't think they have been made since around 1990. Still they do show up for sale occasionally on GB and the like.
Bill M.

The Entreprise ABNI marked L1A1 receivers were available to at least 1996.

Rudolf
October 17, 2017, 02:02
Nope..

available til at least 1999 from my observation of buying one at a gun show in California. The very last Great Western Gun Show in Pomona, CA.

Got it for 300 smackers and everyone thought I was smoking crack at the time.

gunplumber
October 17, 2017, 08:44
I have one of the L1A1 cut IMBELs in marketplace. With lightening cuts.

http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4490690&posted=1

Thorack
October 17, 2017, 09:03
Well,

I have 4 DSA Aussie cuts and would buy more if LMT still made them. GP and other builders have never told me of any problems that have had building mine.

I would pay more for a DSA marked LMT made, than I would for an Enterprise marked ABNI made receiver.

Thorack

Johnaski
October 17, 2017, 19:54
Lucked out about a month ago and bought a Entreprise receiver aussie cut put together with a Brit parts kit. Here it is with some wood I put on it. Not sure if I like the original black plastic pebble grain stocks or the wood better.

https://i.imgur.com/q94Nn1O.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/pxExMJs.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/A4dwHh7.jpg
The 'scratches' on the receiver side aft of the charging handle in this photo are just marks that came off with a thumb lick swipe, lol.