The history of Warne Manufacturing Company goes back to January of 1947 and to Adelaide, South Australia. On that date John Llewellyn Warne, (known to his friends as Jack), with the help of a partner founded a little company named Sporting Arms Limited. It’s goal was to manufacture rifle barrels.
Australian soldiers who had returned from World War II wanted to convert their Lee Enfield military rifles to sporters. This conversion required a .22 or .25 caliber barrel. The 303 British round was just too heavy for Australian game. From experience gained during the war, Jack Warne designed and built the machines and tools required to make these barrels. Sporting Arms Limited boomed and its product line over time became a full line of sporting rifles and shotguns.