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Old 04-21-2010, 02:36 PM   #11
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Headspacing can be a real issue with these rifles. They will "stretch" over time and leave you with a dangerous condition. There were replacement bolt heads made to correct this, but they have all but dried up.

By all means have the headspace checked on any milsurp rifle ESPECIALLY the the Lee-Enfields and Japanese Arisakas.

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Old 04-22-2010, 02:10 AM   #12
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I sold a matching numbers #1 MKIII with the correct bayonet and sheath for 175.00 a couple of years ago.

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Gun prices very regionally, what one would pay on average on the East coast and in some places on the West Coast could be as much as 30% higher than what you could find a gun for in the Mid-west. I am in Kansas City and i still find No1 MkIII's and No4 MkI's for under $250 quite regularly. I often find them in the $150-200 range.

But like someone else stated above, condition varies greatly at these prices and I have the convenience of shopping around, as I have also seen modest examples at over $400 on tables at the same shows.

Everyone seems to have a different idea of a guns value these days, but at the end of the day its really only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. With the economy the way it is people are not spending as freely and the Surplus bolt action market hasn't enjoyed the same "Gold Rush" scenario the Black Gun market has.

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Old 05-11-2010, 03:39 PM   #14
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Classic Arms has #4 Mk1's for $239 right now in Good to Very Good condition.

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Old 05-15-2010, 06:59 AM   #15
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Just got back to this thread... I've been meaning to ask you fellas which Mk. of Lee-Enfield would be best to buy. I know a jungle carbine exists, but I'd much rather have a 1908 or 1918 bolt-action model. Can anyone let me now which version of the rifle to look for?

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Hawk- The WW I time frame would be the #1 Mk III (or for purists, Mk III*). The No 4 Mk I came out during WW II- about 1942 IIRC, but there WAS overlap of the 2 models.

My personal preference is the later model. They are likely to be in better shape, being 40-50 years newer, bolt heads are available in different standardized lengths (#1 has different bolt heads, but not numbered), MUCH better sights, I feel the balance is a smidge better- but my WW I rifle with the foot-and-a-half of sword bayonet IS intimidating as hell!

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i would agree with c3 the later ones have improvements that make them more usefull.but they are still out there at the price you are looking at, i just picked mine up at an estate sale for $140 but that was 7months of wading through 200-500 dollar pieces o **** ,sporterized, mismatching no,and stocks that were used for driving tent spikes.



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Kraggy- that gun looks beautiful, and thanks for the info c3.

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J&G Sales has them for 230? Service grade though...

Enfield #4 Mk 1 303 British. Good condition

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i would agree with c3 the later ones have improvements that make them more usefull.but they are still out there at the price you are looking at, i just picked mine up at an estate sale for $140 but that was 7months of wading through 200-500 dollar pieces o **** ,sporterized, mismatching no,and stocks that were used for driving tent spikes.

What happened to that stock? I can't recall ever seeing an Enfield stock that "shiny".
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