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Posted: 1/5/2012 5:05:44 AM EDT
I've always had the desire for one but dont have any ammo for it so I always had it on the back burner. Now, I found a fellow with one that seems to be in 90% condition and all original (as he claims). I've handled it in person and it does look like one of the nicest enfields I've handled. He wants $700 for it but I think I can get him down a bit. Are certain makers more desirable than others? Is this ballpark figure ok?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:10:49 AM EDT
That's a little high, IMO. I wouldn't go over $600 for one in really good shape, and I'd be looking for more like $500-550. Make sure it's not a fake.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:46:46 AM EDT
I was all set to pay $350 a few years back at the gun store, but my dad talked me out of it.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:56:18 AM EDT
450-550. Wouldn't it be nice to have some hindsight and have an C&R license back in the earlier 2k's?

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:27:50 AM EDT
$450-500 TOPS for one in pristine shape with no import marks.

My Dad just bought a very nice one for $385.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 8:58:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 8:59:08 AM EDT by BigTom111]
Make sure it not a fake Santa Fa arms made 1000s of Mk 5 out of Mk 4 in the 60s Remove the hand guard and check for the lightening cuts on the top of the barrel
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 9:27:41 AM EDT
Though a converted No 4 will probably be more accurate due to the lack of the lightning cuts.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 2:08:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By backbencher:
Though a converted No 4 will probably be more accurate due to the lack of the lightning cuts.

My No.5 shoots as well as my FTR No.4- at least out to 100 yards- I've never shot it beyond that.

Whether or not the lightning cuts have negative effect on accuracy has been questioned from the day the findings were developed- when some suggest that the conclusions were reached for politically expedient purposes.
Even if there was factual basis to them, I wouldn't be too concerned except under sustained fire- when any light profile barrel would start to open up.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 7:35:43 AM EDT
The No5 wandering zero is greatly exaggerated.

I would consider $600 top price for a pristine No5, really pristine. I see some in the $400 area that look pretty good.

I bought this one when they were still cheap.

I picked up the No5 on the right for $100 last year, the end of the flash hider was cut off, easy to replace, hard to find a genuine replacement.
It had a Santa Fe 5 round mag that's worth more than half what I paid. These five round hunting mags came out of Japan in the 60's and are the only aftermarket mag that actually works well in the LE.
Link Posted: 1/6/2012 2:11:59 PM EDT
$700.00 seems much too high.

I picked this one up off Gunbroker for $350.00 about a month ago. The pictures do not do it justice. It looks and handles like a dream. No import marks.

I had never handled or fired a No. 5 prior to picking this one up, and I regard them now as very underrated firearms. Lightweight, compact, great sights, reasonably accurate, 10-round capacity, etc.

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