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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by scottbird, Oct 11, 2014.

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  1. scottbird

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    I just picked up a 1918 lee enfield 303 brit. it is a parts gun, no matching numbers, but is in great shape. it has the ATI synthetic stock. I have several 303's that are all matching numbers. just wanted to ask. this one is made of miss matched number parts, and I would like to scope it and make it my deer rifle. I do not like the modern no gun smithing mounts. do you think that drilling and tapping would be a bad idea, I do not know if the guns that do not have matching numbers are worth the ones that are.
     
  2. Carolina Kalash

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    I've met a number of folks who have killed deer with .303 enfields no problem, so it's a capable caliber, as for drilling and tapping the recevier, even if that one has missmatched parts, i wouldn't do that, just cause I like old military rifles to be left alone:D, esp older pre No. 4 enfields, but it's your rifle, do what you want with it:cool: and with that one being a missmatched parts gun, it's not as valuable as the matching ones so if i was going to do that, i'd go with the least valuable one
     
  3. scottbird

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    thanks, is there any good scope mounts that I could use? I have some friends that have used the ATI, s&k, and the B-square mounts, and all of them are not solid and come loose. I am not a fan of them, but with the diabities my eyes are failing and open sights are not an option any more.
     
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    I couldn't really tell you, i would look around online some if nobody here is able to tell you anything although i would think they would
     
  5. gunnutery

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    I'd shoot it first to make sure it's a shooter before spending the cash on mounting a scope. I'm assuming you're looking at a traditional mounting, but there's also these that are a fairly permanent option if you'd consider a scout set up: http://www.xssights.com/Products.aspx?CAT=8283

    Either way, enjoy the new rifle.
     
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    the rifle is a good shooter, cant give an exact grouping cause I just cant see good enough for those v sites. though at 50 yds I am seeming to hit what I want, but that is the max I can do. I do not want to go with a scout mount cause of trying to strain my eyes, they are bad enough. I am going to my local gun shop and ask what he can do. I love the caliber, and if I get a shot at a 100 yds I will be doing good here. I have looked at all the other mounts and none of them realy look like they are going to work well. I have already found the no smithing mounts to be poor, in my eyes, just seem to loosen. maybe if l put some thread locking to it, not sure, just hate to spend the money on something I am afraid to take a shot with, last thing I want to do is have a wounded animal.
     
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    http://www.thecountryshed.com/enfield_scope_mounts.htm or google scope mounts for #1 mk3 enfield and you can decide from there.
    that rifle will kill about anything in north american if you do your part.the 303 is a good hunting round.pick a good scope like a 3x9x50 redfield to get the most light transmission you can get .
    http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ad/1249080.htm#1085330 #4 mk1 cheek rest if you want to adapt it to the rifle,or you could use a strap on pad if you need to bring your eyes up

    http://www.specialinterestarms.com/ try here.these guys,they make delisle silenced carbines.ask them if they have a scope mount that can be drilled and tapped to the #1.
    http://www.survivalarms.com.au/comp...,58/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,29/vmcchk,1/ installation instructions for ati mount
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?175159-Scope-mount-for-the-Enfield-NO1-MKIII check photos
     
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  9. Slamfire

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    An old military rifle in this condition has zero value to a collector of military weapons. Unless of course, the collector has a bin full of parts with which to restore the thing. But even after restoration, the cost of the new parts will exceed the value of the rifle, so you won't get much for the base action/barrel.

    Put whatever mount you want and use the rifle hunting.
     
  10. Topkick

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    Scope mounts for mil. rifles

    Before you drill, ya might want to check out "S&K insta-mounts" It might save ya some loot.
     
  11. foxtail207

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    Check the head space first. I have one that is really nice but with mismatched numbers. I checked the head space and it's not good. I decided not to shoot it. This was a gun my dad picked up somewhere and eventually put a sporter stock on, but never fired it.
     
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