British 303 help

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by knightly1, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. knightly1

    knightly1 New Member

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    Greetings

    My son got a British 303 Lee Enfield from his grandfather. I am having problems finding out anything about it for him. We know it was made in 1942 or that's what is stamped in to it and it says its No. 4 MK?. I am needing to find out because it has a broken extractor spring. Anyone have a idea on how to find out what Mark it is. Also I think the stock might have been sporterized because the ones i have been finding on the web have a top to the forehand but ours doesn't. Any help is welcome.

    James
  2. Diamondback

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    Wecome to the forum knightly. Pictures are a necessity for any help in identifying the rifle. I am not an expert on .303's but I believe that the extractor spring should be interchangeable between the various Mark's. If I am wrong about this one of the experts will be more than willing to tell you and me what a dolt I am.
  3. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    The extractor springs are the same for all variations of the Rifle No. 4.

    Try www.gunpartscorp.com for the spring; their part number is 486800; cost is about $6. For many years, gunsmiths have been modifying those extractors to take a coil spring, but of course the cost of the modification has to be balanced against the cost of one or more regular springs.

    Jim
  4. JustinHotHands

    JustinHotHands New Member

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    Post all markings you find on the rifle (both stock and steel) and maybe we can help. Pic helps a lot.
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