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Old 03-22-2013, 02:57 AM   #11
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Love mine. First milsurp rifle I ever bought. Still one of my favorites.

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I also love my 303 enfield. Took a while to find a good one. They are either junk or expensive, I was lucky to find one in good shape for a reasonable price.
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I have a #4 mk2 which I love but it is heavy.
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Better than a Mosin.... Not as nice as a M1903.....

I havent really shot mine yet... I cant find any brass...
IMHO, it is superior to the 1903.

the K98 and 1903 have better inherent accuracy, but since the accuracy oif the SMLE is more than adequate for a battle rifle that is irrelevant.

The SMLE action is smoother and faster, taking advantage of it's superior ten round magazine.

As a basis for a custom sporter, both the 98 and 1903 platforms beat out the SMLE.,

But for what all three were originally designed for, i.e. battle rifles, the SMLE stands head and shoulders above the other two.
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I have two Enfields. A No. 1 Mk III and a No. 4 Mk 1. They're really great rifles.
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IMHO, it is superior to the 1903.

the K98 and 1903 have better inherent accuracy, but since the accuracy oif the SMLE is more than adequate for a battle rifle that is irrelevant.

The SMLE action is smoother and faster, taking advantage of it's superior ten round magazine.

As a basis for a custom sporter, both the 98 and 1903 platforms beat out the SMLE.,

But for what all three were originally designed for, i.e. battle rifles, the SMLE stands head and shoulders above the other two.
Really? I seem to remember reading that the British and their Enfields were getting beaten by the Boers and their Mausers.. If it wasnt for WWII the Brits going to drop the use of the Enfields in favor of the Mauser-derived P14.

In my collection my 1903 is my nicest rifle, nothing else in my even comes close to how accurate it is, how smooth and easy the bolt/trigger operates, it even "feels" good..
Its made me a bit of a gun snob.
(And I dont have to worry about losing headspace like my Enfield.. )

Im not saying my Enfield is a bad rifle, its just not as nice as my '03. Ill give it the advantage of the 10 rd. mag but thats about it and you still have to load that with 5 rd. clips. Everything Ive seen or read says that the Brit solder only got one mag, because the mags were fitted to the rifle and only removed for cleaning. I really dont see the point of having detachable mags if you only get one anyways....
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Love mine, #1 mk3. It's as good as my 1903, head and shoulders above a nagant, and on par with most mausers(surplus). That said, I have commercial scope mounts on it and a Leopold 3x9 mounted low over the bore. Deer killing machine :-P

PS handloads really make this rifle shine. Hornady 123 grain vmax at 2650 fps are a groundhogs worst nightmare at 300 yards.
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U.S. makers made a ton of P-14s for the Brits. Troops didn't like 'em very much. afterWW1, they modded the old SMLE into the No.4 Mk1 for WW2.

They used 'em against the Kraut's 98 Mausers in France in WW1 and did some serious arse kicking with 'em. Did some more of that in WW2.
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Off topic but anyone know where I can get a forend for a #1 mk 3. Surplus/takeoff would be fine. Willing to trade plastic sportster stock that's on it now.

I would love to return the old girl to the proper shape.
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Off topic but anyone know where I can get a forend for a #1 mk 3. Surplus/takeoff would be fine. Willing to trade plastic sportster stock that's on it now.

I would love to return the old girl to the proper shape.
Try Enfield-rifles.com a forum or IMA antiques.
Or google your rifle. Parts are available.
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