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Old January 3rd, 2020, 11:03 AM   #1
 
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Vintage Enfield Sporter

This handy little rifle started as a No5Mk1 built in 1945. It was sporterized in the 1960's or early 1970's when these guns were still cheap and plentiful. I got it from an old man in a trade and it came with a half a box of old Winchester Silvertip .303 ammo. I don't think the original owner ever hunted with it. The gun is a great shooter as part of the sporterizing was the installation of Lyman sights front and rear. The only issue with it was the magazine conversion to five rounds. It would feed three rounds just fine, but the spring pressure was to weak to present the last two rounds to the bolt. I got a new magazine from Sarco for Christmas, and I just got done tweaking the tabs to make it work in my rifle. I had to adjust all four tabs/ lips, but now it feeds smoothly from either side. It's light, handy, and hold ten rounds of hard hitting .303 ammo. I think I may take it into the S. Georgia swamps after hogs.
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Nice looking rig ya got there nga. How’s it shoot?
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Gonna do any Mods to it ?

Are you going to do any MODS to it ? Maybe a red dot ? j/k

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This handy little rifle started as a No5Mk1 built in 1945. It was sporterized in the 1960's or early 1970's when these guns were still cheap and plentiful. I got it from an old man in a trade and it came with a half a box of old Winchester Silvertip .303 ammo. I don't think the original owner ever hunted with it. The gun is a great shooter as part of the sporterizing was the installation of Lyman sights front and rear. The only issue with it was the magazine conversion to five rounds. It would feed three rounds just fine, but the spring pressure was to weak to present the last two rounds to the bolt. I got a new magazine from Sarco for Christmas, and I just got done tweaking the tabs to make it work in my rifle. I had to adjust all four tabs/ lips, but now it feeds smoothly from either side. It's light, handy, and hold ten rounds of hard hitting .303 ammo. I think I may take it into the S. Georgia swamps after hogs.
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Some of the sporterizing jobs were awful and some were nice like yours.
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The magazine issue was it's only drawback. The Lyman rear sight doesn't have an insert so it's basically a ghost ring. I've only shot gallon jugs from 50 to 75yds with it, but boy does it do a job on them. The old Winchester Silvertips were amazing. They vaporized the jugs and left the plastic flattened out on the ground. They were like 180gr varmint bullets. The surplus Mk7 FMJ loads are nearly as devastating. The wooden/cardboard nose plugs and lead bases make the bullets yaw immediately on impact. Water jugs explode like they're being hit with expanding bullets. The tiny hard rubber butt pad (can't make myself call it a recoil pad) lets you know that you are shooting something serious, but it's more fun than painful.
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LOL! No, I don't think so. This one will stay the way it is. I wish it was original, but I do like it as a reminder of a different time when re-worked military rifles were a viable option for hunters on a budget. I have a Yugo M24/47 in 8mm Mauser that I have considered putting a scope or red-dot on. One of the mounts that replace the rear sight without any permanent alteration of the rifle might be on my wish list soon.
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Nice, it’s sounds capable of knocking down some hogs.......it should be fun.
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Some of the sporterizing jobs were awful and some were nice like yours.
The stock looks and feels good. The metal is nicely blued. Whoever did this one did good work. It even has a decent trigger.
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I'm an Enfield fan. My No. 4 Mk. 1 was my hunting rifle briefly, but I decided to sell it to a fellow hunter who only uses them for deer. It was a pleasure to shoot, bone stock. He had a stock of parts and I figured he'd keep it in service longer. I've replaced it with a pre-64 Winchester 70.

Your gun is close to stock, save for the sights. I'd keep it that way and enjoy!
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The old milsurps are dear to me. Nice rescue.
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My mil-surp rifles are original. My M1 Garand, M91/30 Mosin Nagant, and Yugo M24/47 are un-molested and will stay that way. This rifle came to me purely by accident. I went to a moving sale where an older gentleman was selling his large lakefront home to move to a retirement village in Florida. He had a like new 1969 vintage Super Single Six Convertible in the box. I asked if he was open to a trade. He replied that he wanted a self defense pistol to take to Florida. I offered a new Taurus 9mm that I had about $200.00 in. When he accepted and I got a pristine three screw Ruger for a Taurus, I thought I had made the best trade ever. The icing on the cake was when he brought out most of a brick of 70's vintage Winchester "Hi Speed" .22lr ammo and the jungle carbine sporter. He said if I would throw in some 9mm ammo he would add them to the trade. I literally ran to my truck for a box of $10 9mm FMJ ammo!
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I recall in the late 1960s our local K mart store selling sporterized 303 Enfields for either 29.99 or 39.99 (cannot recall for sure). Great budget deer rifles as they also had new Marlin 336 lever 30-30s under 100 dollars. That was back when K Mart also sold handguns. Great old store, had everything you needed including a cafeteria and auto repair garage. Those days are gone
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I can still remember as a kid in the mid-'60's going into Sonny's Surplus in downtown D.C. and seeing barrel full of Mk5's. Thought the flash hider looked cool. Not sure how much the store priced them at but it couldn't have been too much.

If you want to reduce felt recoil, there are two options available. Someone makes a replacement soft rubber buttpad duplicating the original. You can also removed the flash hider. I recall reading about a test of this which showed a significant reduction in recoil. Seems that conical shape works a bit like a reverse muzzle brake.

BTW, nice looking setup. Watch out piggies!
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I recall in the late 1960s our local K mart store selling sporterized 303 Enfields for either 29.99 or 39.99 (cannot recall for sure). Great budget deer rifles as they also had new Marlin 336 lever 30-30s under 100 dollars. That was back when K Mart also sold handguns. Great old store, had everything you needed including a cafeteria and auto repair garage. Those days are gone
Those were the days! I remember ogling the handguns in the case at K Mart. I always pestered my mother to take me because of the good prices on Revell plastic models and fishing lures.
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I can still remember as a kid in the mid-'60's going into Sonny's Surplus in downtown D.C. and seeing barrel full of Mk5's. Thought the flash hider looked cool. Not sure how much the store priced them at but it couldn't have been too much.

If you want to reduce felt recoil, there are two options available. Someone makes a replacement soft rubber buttpad duplicating the original. You can also removed the flash hider. I recall reading about a test of this which showed a significant reduction in recoil. Seems that conical shape works a bit like a reverse muzzle brake.

BTW, nice looking setup. Watch out piggies!
The recoil has never bothered me that much, but I usually shoot less than 20rds through it at time. My Mosin Nagant hurts worse, and the slip on pad for it would probably fit the No5MK1 too. The only mil-surp that has ever brought tears to my eyes is my M24/47. I had let the steel butt plate slide over onto my collar bone. When I touched off a full strength 7.92x57mm 196gr load I thought my clavicle was broken. It was a lesson learned quickly, just like when my thumb got caught by my Garand's bolt slamming home.
The flash hider works. I've shot alongside my buddy and his MN M44 in 7.62x54R caliber. That short barreled battle rifle w/ folding bayonet has incredible concussion to match the 3' diameter fireball belching from the muzzle!
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