the enfield "scout" is finished


s&w 24
November 4, 2006, 05:19 AM
Got S&W 24 SR's #4 mk 1 "scout" back from the gunsmith and wow what a great little shooter!

The project started two years (or was it 4?) ago with an auctionarms purchase of an old refield IER scope base, followed by a matching scope and rings. This ended up in the back of the gun closet for a good amount of time.
About 1 1/2 yrs ago S&W 24 SR got a #4 sporter from a family friend. about 6 months after that we found a great looking sporter stock on another SMLE sporter. after desiding not to keep the gun we switched out the 5 round mag and the nice stock for some not so great looking ones and sold it at a gun show.

Long story short we now have a 20" bbl savage made #4 mk 1 enfield with a golden state arms 5 round mag, bishop stock, 1" sling swivels, and a redfield "scout" scope. At 50 yards I'm getting .5 inch groups with south african ball ammo! 123 grain handloads only gave me 1.5 inch groups at 50 yards.

If I can find out how to post a pick I will

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November 4, 2006, 06:11 AM
First, host it on a website(I recommend or and then post the image tags here.(Ex: [*IMG][/IMG*] )
Just be sure to remove the asterisks.

s&w 24
November 5, 2006, 08:57 PM

s&w 24
November 5, 2006, 08:58 PM

November 5, 2006, 10:16 PM
What nice looking wood. Anyone know where this can be found?

November 5, 2006, 10:29 PM

November 5, 2006, 10:42 PM
Very nice.

One question though... what about a back-up rear aperture sight? From the looks of the rear view, it wouldn't be a big deal to install one... issue micrometer or Williams FP/TK (base on left side; sight in kit) either one.

November 6, 2006, 12:00 AM
Oh gosh, watch out for all the Bubba haters!

s&w 24
November 11, 2006, 04:41 AM
the wood is bishop I think. It came of another sporter.

The redfield scope base includes a back-up rear sight at the forward portion so you can dismount the scope by loosening the allen screw and sliding it off.
Revesable for either a U notch or a square notch.

November 11, 2006, 08:57 AM
Oh gosh, watch out for all the Bubba haters!

I'm usually in that party, but he's made something practical and it doesn't look like crap.

It actually looks VERY nice! I really like the wood too

Good job!

November 11, 2006, 01:30 PM
Bubba had already despoiled the poor thing so nice save. Everyone should try to save a bubba.


November 11, 2006, 01:34 PM
Looks good. I've got no problem with a conversion of that type.

Is the 5 round magazine due to hunting restrictions in your state?

The Deer Hunter
November 11, 2006, 04:26 PM
How much did the whole project cost you?

s&w 24
November 12, 2006, 03:24 AM
I think the grand total is around $350. The 5 round mag helps out because the balance point is right at the magazine and the DNR won't ask any questions.

November 12, 2006, 06:31 AM

November 12, 2006, 06:34 AM

November 12, 2006, 06:35 AM
Nice! I built mine years ago and it is still giving me great service.
You can see it at Click on "Saving a Burnt out Jungle Carbine"

November 12, 2006, 06:40 AM

November 12, 2006, 11:02 AM
This one has the 5 round mag. I have a box of these new in the wrapper 5's and the do improve a carry at the balance. The rifle started as a nice 1944 BSA #4T. I cut the barrel down 4" with a hack saw and stuffed it into a fake #5 stock. I then traded the 3.5X scope for a Tasco 3X9.:neener:

November 12, 2006, 12:04 PM
What length was your barrel cut to and do you know how much the whole rig weighs now? I have an Enfield that needs to be rebarreled and I am thinking of having it cut back to 20 inches and putting the whole thing in some type of a wood sporter stock. I want to stick with iron sights but I may mount a low power scope using an XS Sights scout mount. I'm a lefty so that makes it easy to work the bolt.

November 13, 2006, 10:28 PM
My Ishy 2a1/Gibbs No.7 Jungle Carbine(I bought it already bubba'd), xs scout mount & NCStar 2-9 EER scope.

November 14, 2006, 12:25 AM
I have a Long Branch #4 Mk. 1* that would make an interesting rifle, but the barrel is a goner and have not been able to locate a good new one at any sort of price that makes sense.

If anyone is sitting on a good usable one and a reasonable price I might be interested. I hate to see the rifle sit as the rest of it has possibilities.

November 14, 2006, 12:51 AM
"...1944 BSA #4T..." You didn't really start with a full military configuration No. 4 sniper did you? If so, you made a $150 rifle out of a $2,000ish rifle.
How's the headspace on all these gems?

November 14, 2006, 06:39 AM
"...1944 BSA #4T..." You didn't really start with a full military configuration No. 4 sniper did you? If so, you made a $150 rifle out of a $2,000ish rifle.And that's the danger of Bubba-ing a rifle before you know what you've got.

MJ, I seriously hope you were just trying to yank our chains. Please tell me that the rifle was, in fact, just an ordinary No.4...

November 14, 2006, 07:29 PM
MJ and I post on a couple of other boards... he's always posting pictures of some really nice old sniper rifles. I seriously doubt, knowing what he does about these rifles, that he'd do something like that. I wouldn't put it past him to rescue something from Bubba though.

November 15, 2006, 09:59 PM


s&w 24
November 16, 2006, 03:37 PM
I thought as much!

February 17, 2009, 12:49 AM
I have a bubba SMLE that shoots good, the metal work is unmodified, I would like to try a scout scope on there, the thing is the scout scope base that Brownells sells is 6" long, I measured from the receiver ring to the rear sight; it's a shade over 4", so if I put it on there and want to keep the issue rear sight, I have to lop 2" off the base, maybe it will work, who knows? maybe I will have to put some extension rings on there to get a scout scope to work with the #1 MK III*, I am left handed and would like a scout scope on there, it would make an interesting bubba, anyways, it would not drill and tap the receiver anways.

February 17, 2009, 08:10 AM
Its a good lookin gun and you don't have to wory about everyone at the range saying "got one just like it"

February 17, 2009, 11:48 AM
I am not that big a fan of scouct scopes, having used them since 1979.

February 17, 2009, 07:29 PM
Check out this #4mk1 Maltby

South African folding stock, cut and recrowned.

February 17, 2009, 09:16 PM
So, seriously though, where does someone go to find these beautiful enfield sporter stock sets?

February 17, 2009, 10:45 PM
DougW: Very cool !

February 17, 2009, 10:53 PM
My " Mini T "

Travis Bickle
May 31, 2009, 05:39 AM
Check out this #4mk1 Maltby

A folding, pistol grip stock on a bolt action? If that ain't Bubba, I don't know what is! :D

May 31, 2009, 09:28 AM
Travis, the butt stock is South African made, and was available years ago as an accessory, in South Africa only as far as I know. It does change the dynamics of the trigger/grip, so the trigger was cut slightly and bent slightly. Yes, it is "bubba'ed", but done very well. That is a BSA scope as well.

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