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Posted: 9/3/2001 2:53:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/3/2001 5:39:48 PM EST
Lee enfields arent exactly hard to find pieces in Canada, there are many thousands still going around right now and I dont think you would get over 500$ for a enfield even with a good buyer.
Link Posted: 9/3/2001 6:20:30 PM EST
A few years ago, there were some SMLE's from Ireland in new condition and they sold for $259.95. Alas, I missed out on those. These were Number IV Mark II versions. John
Link Posted: 9/4/2001 7:13:46 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/4/2001 8:41:21 AM EST
I bought a No4mk1(F) in cosmoline a few years ago. As soon as I got home I started the nasty job of degreasing the pig. It had used wood, but not too bad. But imagine my suprise when I found out it had a NEW barrel, with beautiful bluing. Found out later it is a South African barrel. Gee, what stories this rifle could tell. I shot the heck out of it and love the thing. If yours is original, I think I would leave it. If it has been rebuilt, clean it and enjoy it.
Link Posted: 9/4/2001 9:51:41 AM EST
If it is a No. 4, it is NOT Aussie. The boys down under only made No. 1s..... Scott P.S. Have a hundred or so different LEs. And they are ALL a little different....
Link Posted: 9/4/2001 11:55:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/4/2001 4:51:30 PM EST
Shoot it, please. My Indian SMLE is one of my most accurate rifles. I think a gun left unshot is like a virgin dying, a waste.
Link Posted: 9/5/2001 7:54:52 AM EST
Come to think of it. The last deer I shot was with my Enfield. Full wood and open sights. Set new records with it. Like; Longest shot I ever made on a deer. Largest Doe I ever shot. Furtherest I ever had to drag a critter. Now I seem to look for elk instead.
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 5:38:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/7/2001 5:38:17 AM EST by MrClean]
The one Number 4 Mk1* I did once own was very accurate. From what people told me, headspacing could be a problem if I was to reload .303 ammo. John
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 6:05:22 AM EST
It's not so much the headspace is the problem it's the generous cut of the chamber. The .303 Brit. headspaces on the rim. But the Brits. cut the chamber shoulders deep. So when you fire a cartridge the shoulder moves forward, a long ways. Compare a fired case to an unfired one. I am only able to get 3-5 reloads per case before they start to separate. I have a project started where I sized virgin brass and necked it up to .35 before full sizing to the point of fitting the chamber. In essence, I moved the shoulder forward before the case was fired. Hopefully this will increase case life. I have these loaded, I just need to "un"load them. Maybe I'll start this weekend. Thanks for the reminder.
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 9:42:25 AM EST
Shoot it!! I have one of those Mk.II's that was new. WAS!! Now it's up around 4000 rounds. I LOVE shooting SMLE's. If you're having problems with brass life I have a suggestion. Neck size instead of full length. This will work particularly well if you only shoot the ammo through one gun. I actually have to load two types of .303 as my shooter SMLE is MUCH different in the chamber than my Pattern 14 Enfield. Hope this helps. CB
Link Posted: 9/7/2001 12:23:17 PM EST
Yea, I do neck size the brass. It's just that you blow that shoulder so far forward on the first firing that case life is severally shortened.
Link Posted: 9/12/2001 10:33:43 AM EST
You might want to try annealing the shoulder and neck area before the first loading of virgin brass. This might help keep the splitting or separation to a minimum.
Link Posted: 9/22/2001 3:30:30 PM EST
Shoot it! The No4 Mk2 is a wonderful rifle. I own one of the "unissued" rifles. i cleaned it up, and I shoot it regularly. It is not as accurate as it could be though... The bastards at Century import marked the muzzle a little too roughly which caused a small raised spot in the bore. It will still shoot around 5" at 100 yards with military ball though. Check out the Lee-Enfield collectors forum at GunandKnife.com [url]http://www.gunandknife.com/forums/[/url]
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