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    Guy wants to trade this for my Remington 870. Good trade? These any good? Probably use it for deer
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    I hunt with an Enfield with a Fajen sport stock....I love that rifle....works like a charm, shoots great with very reasonable recoil, and will put a deer in a pile. Lot of fun to use. The only thing I can't speak to is the trade, depends how much you have in the 870. Enfields (minus the synthetic stock) are available but prices vary and can be pricey

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    I do not have much in the shotgun. What do u think the rifle is worth roughly?
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    Unknown how to factor scope in without info. Mount also.

    gun as it sits, sporterized....

    $175-200. So that plus value of scope plus mount.

    Enfields are excellent rifles. Wish they still made this design. Well built and slick

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    How hard is it to find ammo for this? Practice and hunting ammo
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    Quote Originally Posted by punishercustomz View Post
    How hard is it to find ammo for this? Practice and hunting ammo
    ammo is not too hard to find, but expensive, $1.00-1.25 a round. sporterized enfields do not have much value in the milsurp market but if what you want is a hunting rifle that will put down anything in North America out to five hundred yards, It's a good deal. OTOH, i don't know what 870's are going for these days.
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    BTW....It has one of the smoothest bolt actions ever made
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    Thanks
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    This will be my first year hunting will probably use a 12 gauge as my county doesn't allow rifle but want the option in case I hunt another county
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    I have an untouched 1942 Lithgow (Aussie) Enfield...Bolt cycles smooth, fast and it's very accurate. But as mentioned, ammo is a bit pricey.
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    What condition is the barrel in ????????
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    The Lee Enfield Rifle was very popular and abundant back in the late 60s through the 70's and 80's. It was the Mosin Nagant of that time period and people sporterized them for hunting. They are not to often seen for sale in local firearm shops or on forums these days. When they do show up for sale they usually don't stay for sale long. I have seen sporterized Lee Enfield rifles ranging from 200 to 500 dollars around the internet and local firearm shops. The Lee Enfield is dried up as a mass supply of surplus rifles and now is a wanted rifle by collectors and hunters alike. Surplus ammunition was abundant too back then, but now its dried up except for a few sports around the world and private supply. You can still get modern ammunition but will be a bit costly. Reloading would be the way to go if you really wanted. The Lee Enfiled was the better rifle in WWII until the M1 Garand hit the scene. Very smooth and quick bolt action that cocked on closing with a ten round magazine, which was very nice. Though it will not compete with match grade competition rifles, its pretty accurate for a hunting rifle - ...cough...a true "assault rifle" : )
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    I have an Enfield and was thinking of putting a scope on it for hunting. Any suggestions for type of scope and how much to mount?

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    enfields are great rifles. .303 is limited and moderate price wise. most Enfields value in at around $200-$325 depending on condition while some rare models can be in the $350+ ranges
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    Thanks for all the info guys I think I'm going to do it I have no use for the 870 as I have an abundance of shotguns and never owned a bolt action rifle.
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    Here is some good PPU ammo.....$14.50 a box and no tax....


    As for the Enfield rifles themselves, as others have mentioned the actions are smooth as butter.....Very accurate, and the pricing above is fairly accurate.....You won't regret the trade...
    20 rd box- 303 British 180 grain Soft Point Prvi Partizan Ammunition - PP39 | SGAmmo.com


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    I bought one once. The display one looked great, smooth action - when I got the one they gave me ("can't sell that one - display model") home, the barrel and breech looked like the black hole of Calcutta. What a mess. I have never since bought a gun without checking on it v-e-r-y carefully. In my defense - I wuz young and stoopid then. I'm a lot older now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punishercustomz View Post
    How hard is it to find ammo for this? Practice and hunting ammo
    You can find 308 win converted Enfields used...I had one and gave it to a friend who just hadda have it...
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    Or...get the one you pick up converted...just find a good smith..
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    Quote Originally Posted by hudsonvalley View Post
    Or...get the one you pick up converted...just find a good smith..
    You cant just convert the .303 enfields, I dont think the steel can handle the pressures, the .308 Enfields they are referring to are Ishapores, made in india with stronger steel in the mid to late 60s - I have 2 .303 Enfields and a .308 Ishapore myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by THE RAVEN View Post
    Here is some good PPU ammo.....$14.50 a box and no tax....


    As for the Enfield rifles themselves, as others have mentioned the actions are smooth as butter.....Very accurate, and the pricing above is fairly accurate.....You won't regret the trade...
    20 rd box- 303 British 180 grain Soft Point Prvi Partizan Ammunition - PP39 | SGAmmo.com
    Thanks brother! Bought 4 boxes
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    Quote Originally Posted by punishercustomz View Post
    Thanks brother! Bought 4 boxes
    No problem buddy,glad you got some...! Happy shooting.....


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    I had one for a few years, traded it for a Stevens .243 for my son to hunt with, wish I still had it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hudsonvalley View Post
    You can find 308 win converted Enfields used...I had one and gave it to a friend who just hadda have it...
    you could convert it to 7.62x54R but not 308

    Quote Originally Posted by DystruktoBoi1 View Post
    You cant just convert the .303 enfields, I dont think the steel can handle the pressures, the .308 Enfields they are referring to are Ishapores, made in india with stronger steel in the mid to late 60s - I have 2 .303 Enfields and a .308 Ishapore myself
    The Ishys were made in 308 - decent rifles, but the 303 Enfields are in no way inferior or weaker. In fact they have one of the strongest actions available anywhere even today.

    A sporterized enfield is a $200 gun. An all original is worth at least $350 and quickly goes to $500+ if the numbers match.
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