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.308 Enfields

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jaytex1969, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. jaytex1969

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  2. Reid73

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    Lee-Enfields are great, but personally I like them to be built on the No.4 Mk.1's heavier receiver.

    The Ishapore 2A's reportedly feature a stronger steel than that used in the original SMLE Mk. IIIs. Still, be careful of using any .308 ammo that could remotely be described as 'hot'. Many people suggest restricting the 2A's to 7.62 military ammunition, though I don't know about that.

    Enjoy your new toy! :)
     
  3. Realbigo

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    OOORAH!!! mine is on the Way!!! So Jay, Are you gonna fix yours up stock or pimp it out?
     
  4. Golden Hound

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    Please don't pimp it out! These things are historical relics! Leave them the way they are!

    Just my .02

    You will be happy in a decade or so when you have an original piece of history (and a great investment)
     
  5. Reid73

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    Well, I dunno about the historical relic / future investment argument. They are post-WWII ex-Indian army surplus, and are unlikely to attract any great following.

    That said, I too hope that the o/p won't 'pimp' his rifle. The custom of sporterizing ex-military firearms dates from the time when commercial hunting rifles were essentially unavailable (except at very high prices). That situation no longer applies. If someone wants an inexpensive .308 equipped with a scope, 22" barrel, synthetic stock, etc., there are now plenty of options available.
     
  6. Golden Hound

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    They are historically interesting in that they were the last of the Enfield rifles.
     
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    Man, do I want one... :(
     
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    Really? I was under the impression that Australian International Arms is currently scratch-building Lee-Enfields. And then there are the counterfeit SMLEs produced by generations of Afghani home gunsmiths.

    With luck, the mighty Lee-Enfield will still be in production long after we are all dead and gone!
     
  10. Realbigo

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    I've also heard that they are still being built in the Middle East, but I have no proof.
     
  11. Golden Hound

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    I've always read that trying to fire a Khyber Pass Enfield is a good way to possibly blow your own head off. Has anyone here actually shot one of those things?
     
  12. Realbigo

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    I have an aquaintance(I don't like or trust the guy, so this may be questionable) who says he carried a battlefield pickup Kyhber in his vehicle, and used it at long ranges for the last 2 months he was in Afghanistan. If he ain't full of it, at least his didn't explode. I do know taht the Pakistani gunmakers take great pride in their wierd handmade weapons. In the early 90's while on Libo, me and two buddys pooled our money and "rented" a broomhandle copy in 7.62Tok. we each gave the old boy about $10 and he gave us 100 rounds. we had a great time in the little garbage dump/range outside of Karachi(SP) but alas we had to give it back. I really doubt we would have gotten away w/ trying to smuggle it in, and if we had gotten caught, we'd have gotten hammered.
     
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    That is a good price too. Anyone know if you have an 03 FFL if you can do modifications to the rifle? :cool:
     
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    Why would you need an FFL to work on your rifle?

    -- John
     
  15. VolDaddy

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    Im placing a order in the morning....
    Thanks for the heads up fellas.
     
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    I looked at AIA wedsite and like what I saw but wished they had something in 303 British. I all ready have a NO 4 Mk 1
     
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    I missed out they are all gone.:banghead:
     
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    I didn't mind 'pseudo-scouting' my Ishapore 2A1. When I picked it up it had already been cut back to look like a jungle gun, complete with conical flash hider.

    I took off everything I didn't want and put it in a synthetic stock. An XS SightSystems scout scope mount rides just in front of the receiver and very nicely at that, it's the same diameter as the receiver and there's only a thin line between the two.
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    I cut the barrel back just a bit further to get rid of the turned down area that the original flash hider had mounted on and added a slotted flash hider from an FAL with integral bayonet mount.
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    The only think I want to do before calling it finished, is to bed the forearm a bit. I'm not worried about accuracy, but the 'smith who Dremeled® put the forearm cut a bit deeply in a few places.
     
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    I have got two of the old girls that I bought many years ago when they were stacking them deep. Man, those were the days, surplus rifles were coming in from all over the world. The wood has been refinished with Tung Oil, the only modification.

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    Here are quick-pics of the two that I acquired from AIM when they first got them in 2(3?) summers ago. I removed the cheap, black paint that had been slopped all over the metal (and some of the wood) and redid the wood finish with BLO.

    Top: As they arrived
    Bottom: As they are now

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  22. paintballdude902

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    i had mine out today for opening day of deer season
     
  23. Realbigo

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    does anyone know what kind of strippers work for the .308 Ishys???
     
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    I would guess the ones who aren't independently wealthy.
     
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    And one of these days i'm gonna do a calender
     
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