Now that I've cought a serious case of Milsurpitis, I'm wanting to get an Enfield.
What kind of pricing should I expect for a specimen with a good (not perfect) bore, wood that is scratched and dinged but having no cracks? Basically, I'd call the condition of it a 6 on a 1 to 10 scale. I'm looking for a shooter that I can just give a good cleaning to and enjoy. There's a shop in town with about 15 of them, but I can't remember the price off the top of my head.
Also, recoil-wise, how does it compare with the main hunting calibers of today like .270, .308, and .30-06?
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December 19, 2007, 10:38 PM
Well if you can find a good mk4 no1 or 2 in the condition that you describe I would think a fair price would be around $150. especially since they have 15 to choose from. As to the recoil, don't worry as it's very mild. Hope you get a good one.
December 19, 2007, 11:02 PM
I have several Enfields and i like them all. I avoid the war years Enfilds since from what i have seen tend to be more beat up, (overly worn bores). I would look for a No.1 Mk III made after the war (India) i have one from '53 that is in really good condition. I personally like the sights on the No.1 better then the ones on the No.4, but that is my preferance. If you are patient you can find some nice ones. If you arn't a stickler about it being .303 brit, you can get a Ishy 7.62x51 (enfilds made in the 60's that are chanbered in 7.62x51 made in india). They look like No.1 rifles, but shoot the popular 7.62x51 and tend to be in good condition.
December 19, 2007, 11:06 PM
I'll probably end up with 2 or 3, and if I do, I wouldn't mind having the 7.62x51 in one of them. I do want to get a .303. Handloading is my numero uno hobby, and I'd definitely like to load some .303.
Of course if I get a 7.62x51 Enfield, I'll load for that too. Then I'll need a Garand since I'll have ammo... :cool:
December 19, 2007, 11:07 PM
Big 5 sells them for $160-$180. They are the .303 NOT the ishy 2A1 in .308 Personally I would hang til you find one originally produced as a 308 and not one bored out for .308. There is a big difference in the strength of the steel in the action and chamber.
December 19, 2007, 11:18 PM
We have a Big5 just 5 minutes from the house. I'll take a look there too. They run deals on Mosins periodically, but I've never stepped foot in a Big5.
December 20, 2007, 01:12 AM
I picked this up for around $300. It was refinished but I love it!: