British 303

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  1. MarkWood

    MarkWood New Member

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    Anyboady know what this is worth?

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  2. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

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    These are going for $200-$300 around here, just the run of the mill surplus rifles, not sure about the rarer types. Did you cut the stock down or was it like that?
  3. oscarmayer

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    250 tops is what it would bring in my neck of the woods. i do not believe it was cut down/homemade there was a company selling cut down enfields like this a few years back , perhaps century arms ? it was listed as a sporterized enfield
  4. MarkWood

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    I did not cut it. It was like that when I got it. Thanks for the replys fellers.
  5. pinecone70

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    Heh. I'm one of the fellers. :D
  6. MarkWood

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    OOOPS !!?? sorry and fellerets too !!
  7. pinecone70

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    Hahaha! That was the first laugh I had all day! Thanks :D

    I was just teasing.
  8. Helix_FR

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    To bad its just a No4 cut down to look like a No5 Jungle Carbine. It was popular to do for a while. 200-250. If it were a true No5 then 500-600 easy.
  9. Jim K

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    Sure it's .303? That magazine looks like those put on No. 4 rifles that had been converted to .308.

    Jim
  10. jim brady

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    Pinecone70 is really our favorite "Fellerette". I'd bet that you have one of the Indian Ishapore .308 rifles - looking at the squared off mag. Don't know of anyone who cuts them down like that commercially.

    Have heard a lot of good comments on those rifles, but I've never shot or otherwise handled one. I'd figure about $150 in value. Cut-down surplus rifles usually loose a bit of value.

    (I'll never read another post by Pinecone without remembering "Fellerette" :=))
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    Good eye Jim, that mag isn't rounded over like the standard No4.
  13. JLA

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    its a sportsmans guide special aftermarket mag that fits both the #4 mk 1 and the #1 mk3...
  14. jim brady

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    JLA - I WAS going to dis-agree with you, but I did check their sales list, and danged if you are right! That after-market mag looks just like the Ishapore conversion mag in 7.62. So it COULD be a .303.

    Why the heck anybody would prefer that one over a standard mag is beyond me. Everybody's taste is different. You can get a decent used one for about the same price.
  15. gandog56

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    Really? Since I just bought a true No.5 for $250 about 6 months ago. Did I do better than I thought?:D
  16. Jim K

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    The mag is not like that used in the Ishapore rifle (which was not a conversion), but very similar mags were sold with the 7.62mm conversion kits made in England for the No. 4 and also were sold here for both .308 and .303 as replacement magazines by GPC, Sportsman's Guide and others. I don't know who made them, they probably came from Mexico.

    Hi, Gandog, yes, a real No.5 in decent condition is a steal at $250.

    Jim
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  17. Helix_FR

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    Yep thats a steal. I would have ran fast. True matching No5's always bring in premiums. Especially when they have full paperwork of were and when it served. My dad picked one up from a collector that did a lot of homework on it. I can't verify that any of this was true but the Brits and Aussies kept good records of who and what. He had a full history of where it was carried, who carried it and number of confirmed kills with it. I can't imagine how they came up with that however. ANyway he grabbed it for 450.00. Most of the ones i see now are 5-6.
  18. bbqznbeer

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    It isn't really cut down , just the forestocks have.
    Barrel looks uncut.
    X2 on the aftermarket mag.
    It's a good candidate for a easy restoration.
    $175 tops .
    If you can give us the first 3 numbers off the serial , we can determine the factory of origin...if you like.

    I've bought cut down stocks for my original Canadian No4 , saving the original stocks so not to do any more damage to it's collectiblity. Stocks and parts for these are made to be readly changed out.

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  19. jim brady

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    10,000 pardons for the 'conversion' that I slipped into my last post, sahib. Those Ishapore 7.62s were not "converted' from .303, but rather were manufactured in 7.62. Thinking of 'conversions' when I wrote was in reference to the front sight being in appearance that of a No4 than the typical flash hider on a No5.

    Bbqznbeer - that is a very nice Enfield. Surprising how nice some of those come out when sporterized. My brother had one with a Bishop MonteCarlo stock, a lyman peep receiver sight and a really nice hooded front ramp sight. That was a sweet looking (and shooting!) hunting rifle. In looks, some of those would give some sporterized Mausers and Springfields a run for their money.

    Most of the garage "sporter" jobs on these are just plain ugly. Sort of make you want to wear a paper sack on your head if you took them out in public.....
  20. pinecone70

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    Amen to that. My buddy's drunken ex-boss "fixed" his .303, then gave it back, it was a mess and the stock was stripped and sporterized. It is shamefully ugly now. :(

    Beautiful rifle, bbqz.
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