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Old 07-27-2009, 09:41 AM   #41
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My favorites would be a 1903A3 Springfield followed by an F.N. 98 Mauser but not in original military configuration.

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Thanks to extreme luck finding part of the last heap of affordable bulk .303 ammo last April, plus a local friend of a friend who sells it, either the LE "Jungle Carbine" or the LE #4.

Bought a good mismatched #4 Saturday at the Batesville, MS gun show, but it has a bright/shiny bore and nicely reblued metal.

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Congrats! I have a 1941 No.1MkIII with an SK scope mount and fixed 4x Bushnell. With 180gr. Sierra RN ProHunter handloads it produces 1-2" groups all day at 100yds. The Enfield was perhaps the quickest and smoothest milsurp bolt action ever produced!
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Congrats! I have a 1941 No.1MkIII with an SK scope mount and fixed 4x Bushnell. With 180gr. Sierra RN ProHunter handloads it produces 1-2" groups all day at 100yds. The Enfield was perhaps the quickest and smoothest milsurp bolt action ever produced!
I had a nice matching 1916 BSA in full military dress for 20 years and never shot a whole box out of it. I sold it last year including a sheathed Wilkinson bayonet.
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I had a nice matching 1916 BSA in full military dress for 20 years and never shot a whole box out of it. I sold it last year including a sheathed Wilkinson bayonet.
I bought mine from a Ct. hardware store in 1993 for $59. I've put about 500 rds. through it. All matching numbers, stamped "Lithgow 1943", The stock has battle scars but no cracks, and the bolt is smooth as glass. The only problem with Enfields is their relatively thin barrels which heat up rather quickly.
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The older SMLE No.1 Mk III's from WW1 don't heat up nearly as much as the WW2 No. 4's and 5's, especially the later war models that have really rough unfinished "ribbed" barrels. By far the best Enfields are the WW1 era guns, the workmanship was much better than the WW2 guns and they used better materials, the "improvements" that were made on the No. 4's & 5's, were usually overshadowed by the poor quality of material and hasty workmanship common in British firearms from the beginning of their involvement in the war and onward.

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Spanish FR-8. Large ring Mauser action. .308. Short, handy and cool looking. Does kick a bit, but not nearly as bad as a Mosin.

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robocop10mm: Those Spanish FR-8s are reportedly excellent guns and look like they mean business.

RL357Mag: Finally noticed the bolt numbers, which match those on the butt socket (receiver). Am fairly sure that this was overpriced at $300, but it has such a nice bore and the outside blueing work looks good.

How much would two good hand guard pieces cost, in order to get wood that could match the rest?
Maybe somebody sells lots of them.

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robocop10mm: Those Spanish FR-8s are reportedly excellent guns and look like they mean business.

RL357Mag: Finally noticed the bolt numbers, which match those on the butt socket (receiver). Am fairly sure that this was overpriced at $300, but it has such a nice bore and the outside blueing work looks good.

How much would two good hand guard pieces cost, in order to get wood that could match the rest?
Maybe somebody sells lots of them.
Pick up a Shotgun News - there are handguards and butt stocks available for under $50 from one of the larger vendors who runs multi page ads - I can't remember off the top of my head which one it is, but it's in every issue.
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Spanish FR-8. Large ring Mauser action. .308. Short, handy and cool looking. Does kick a bit, but not nearly as bad as a Mosin.

I LOVE my FR-8 - Paid $169 in 1997 at a gun show and the dealer had two more - if only I had known...
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