excited about my enfield

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by mountainman13, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Walked into the club on Sunday and the ffl comes over to me and asks If I'd be interested in a deal.
    What's the deal?
    I have an enfield that I can't sell as it is. Any interest?
    I Love projects.
    So he pulls out this enfield. Stock looks like it was in WWI. Rear sight is gone and he says he can't find a scope that will fit the mount. I do a quick function test and throw a light down the spotless bore.
    OK you have my interest. What's the deal?
    I payed $250 plus tax and won't sell it to anyone else. Give me $100 and it is yours.
    I'll take it right now.
    I'm closing up you can't have it today.
    OK well I'm going to Maine next week so I'll buy it in 2 weeks then.
    Pay for it before Christmas and it's yours. I can't/won't sell it to anyone else.

    So I was gonna wait till I got it to say anything but I'm too excited.
    A rear sight will cost me about $30 delivered. I might reblue it and refinish the stock. Good deal eh?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    No. Sounds like an EXCELLENT deal! Of course- WE NEED PICTURES!
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    As soon as it is in my possession you'll get them. I'll document any work I do to it too.
     
  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    No1 mkIII or a no4?

    I really like the Enfields. Fast operating for bolt guns.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I think it's a 4 but honestly just guessing. It was rushed and I just wanted to make sure everything major checked out and claim it.
     
  6. bearrwe

    bearrwe New Member

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    Hell of a deal, this is a better deal than that one you wanted to buy off a customer a couple of months ago isn't it?
     
  7. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Oh the 03a3 build that fell through. Yeah this is much better. I would have about broke even on that one because I already had half of it. This thing will cost me $50 Max to restore.
     
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    congrats!:)

    Clean it up, but don't refinish it. Leave it an original old war horse.:p
     
  9. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Mucho congrats!! Right place at the right time eh? :D
     
  10. mountainman13

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    Refinishing will depend on exactly what it is. Just like my nagant. If it has seen war I will keep the work to a minimum. If not it won't decrease the value any.

    And yes definitely partly right place right time aside from that he knows I may end up being the club gunsmith so I'm the only one there that can really make use of it I guess.
     
  11. HockaLouis

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    If it shoots it's worth it, and, youll find someone who can i.d. the scope mount and maybe hook ya up. They used to be that price retail w/a mismatched bolt in good condition, but, today, I wouldn't have a problem with it at all.

    Rebuilt a Savage of my own part of whose stock had caught fire somewhere...

    Pics when you are back!
     
  12. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    Did it look like this? (Number 1 Mark III)

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    Or like this? (Number 4 Mark I)

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  13. mountainman13

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    Wish I could say. I didn't really take note or even attempt to figure it out at the time. I just gave it a quick glance and function check.
     
  14. TLuker

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    A quick and easy way to tell the difference is the location of the rear sight. If it's back at the bolt handle it's probably a No4. In front of the receiver and on the barrel it's probably a #1.

    I'm probably not going to mention anything that you don't already know but just in case:
    1. Check the head space
    2. Check the bore - Quick and easy check is to place a .303 bullet in the muzzle and see how far in it goes. I've seen some that the bullet would almost fall through.
    3. Check the rear locking lugs and make sure they're in good shape.
     
  15. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    mountainman13; I will be weighting on the pictures............
     
  16. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Well good and bad news. My annual Maine fishing trip just fell through. I may pick up the enfield on Sunday. Assuming I don't get delayed or anything.
     
  17. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Sucks about the fishing trip. I enjoyed fly fishing up there when my first boat was in the shipyard in Kittery.
     
  18. HockaLouis

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    Mountainman, it's just as well the fishing trip fell thru. I see alot of posts where people lose their guns in boating accidents...
     
  19. donthav1

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    also note some ammo uses a smaller bullet than others, so they might fail the bullet in muzzle test.

    bought some S&B awhile back & i couldn't group better than the size of a beachball. when i did the bullet test, they dropped all the way to the brass. i have federal champion's & privi partisian's & they however show plenty of life left & shoot much tighter.
     
  20. mountainman13

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    Tried to by the enfield yesterday. Got delayed. Should be able to pick it up and post pics wed night.