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Aluminum Casting Diy Scope mount

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by EastBound&Down, May 25, 2018.

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  1. EastBound&Down

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    I have an enfield 4(T), but the original scope mount for it is long gone and a original would cost more than I spent on the rifle. The mount I got it with does not sit level due to the indentation made for the original mount. Using a washer, I got it kind of level.
    I have a small diy foundry and was wondering if a foam scope mount model cast in aluminum has ever been attempted or if it is even safe.
     
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    Watching this one....
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    There is a No.4 Mk1 T mount on eBay right now for $159. That too much?

    I think cast aluminum rings would be like pot metal and not last very long.
     
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    Lol, the rifle cost 200$ bucks (barrel was cut, rear sights cut, sporter stock), so not very deserving of an original scope.
     
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    Well, Why not have a gunsmith shim it properly to make the mount level. Otherwise I'd forget about scoping it.
     
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    What about using a piece of angle iron on the front three screws ?
     
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    No, those are for normal No4s, mine is more comparable to a L42 scope mount
     
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    Can you accurately measure thickness to get a proper shim? Or intentionally go a few thousandths too tall and work it down with a file?
     
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    Sounds like a good idea
     
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    Well, if it's already been sporterized, the answer is obvious: JB Weld! ;)
     
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    One possibility is to restore the rifle but that might cost some bucks. Criterion for example is making new No. 4 barrels (http://criterionbarrels.com/lee-enfield-no4) and sight mount and pad replicas for the original scope are around. At a minimum, talking about hundreds of dollars here.

    Another is to sell it to someone who wants to restore it. Some folks use these rifles in military shooting competitions and don't want to use their original pristine No. 4 T in order to preserve their value. Some of those folks hang around Gunboards or Milsurps.com
     
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