Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

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Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

Postby Flowmaster » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:53 pm

I was at a pawn shop this afternoon just looking around. They had a Lee Enfield No 4 MK1* up on the rack priced at $300. I asked to see the gun and saw that the tag was marked as "Mauser" and the caliber was just "303". The gun had matching fore stock and bolt, but a non-matching magazine. Older CAI import stamp near the tip of the barrel. US PROPERTY marked and many of the parts have an S on them so I assume this is a Savage/Stevens gun that was made in the USA for our lend-lease program with England. No goodies in the buttstock, no bayonet or sling. Just the rifle. Two groove barrel a little dusty, but not pitted or dark. I offered $200 out the door and the guy said he'd do it as long as I gave him two bucks on top of that $200 to cover the background check. DEAL!

On the form the employee wrote Mauser as the maker and I couldn't see what he put down as the model. The gun is quite obviously a Lee Enfield. We were even talking about it, but he still put Mauser on the form. I guess that's probably what they had the gun marked down as in their bound book.

First off, I'll apologize for not having a full picture of the whole rifle. I just took pictures of different parts when I got home with the gun.
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As you can see, the barrel is not rusty at all and still caked with grease. I didn't clean anything tonight.
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Very typical buttstock repair. I think a lot of these got dropped right on that corner and chipped the wood. Most Lee Enfield No4 MK1 and MK1* rifles have this repair. I have no idea what to tell ya about that thing I circled in red. It looks like an X roman numeral or something.
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I didn't get a pic, but it has a stock screw beneath the action that's usually referred to as an "ishy" or "ishapore" screw. What are the buttstock stamps for? The cutout/reliefs in the fore stock near the barrel band are something I've never noticed on other Lee Enfields.
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Those are marks I found on the upper wood parts. Once again, I don't know what those stamps are for.
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Grooved trigger and what looks like a maple leaf on the ring of the receiver.
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Simple flippy rear sight. S on the receiver next to where it says No4 MK1*. Also, the safety looks very No1 MK3 to me. Its not like the other safeties I've seen on No4 Mk1 rifles over the years.

How'd I do for $202 out the door? I've seen bubba'd Lee Enfield rifles priced at $300 locally, so I think I did pretty good on this considering the local market. Thoughts, opinions, and comments are welcome. Thanks for looking.
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Re: Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

Postby jeffchance » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:20 am

I think you did well there. With the usual milsurp cleanup it will likely be a good one. Congrats.
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Re: Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

Postby Flowmaster » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:33 am

Thanks buddy. I've got like 200rds that I purchased before things got crazy. I'd love to go back in time and buy all the 303 under the sun at $12 per 20rds of PRVI. Those days are over!
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Re: Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

Postby Kiln » Sat Nov 09, 2013 2:43 pm

I love the Brit 303. Excellent rifles that are still available relatively cheap. Only thing I wish they had was cheaper ammo. The quality of the rifles is pretty great and they're very accurate.
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Postby ampersand » Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:22 pm

Looks like it'll clean up into a nice rifle. A guy can't have too many Brit rifles.
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Re: Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

Postby LCPfraTN » Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:24 pm

I think you did very well! A No.4 MK I or II is at the top of my Enfield wish list. I've acquired a couple No.5 MK I jungle carbines in the last year and they have increased my interest in Enfield rifles, although the jungle carbines are still my favorites.
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Re: Pawn shop called it a "303 Mauser"

Postby martin08 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:16 pm

Most assuredly a Savage. And at half price, or better!
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Postby Admin » Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:47 pm

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What are you asking for the .303?
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Postby jeffchance » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:21 pm

$20 for a box of 20. Have 4 boxes available.
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Postby Admin » Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:47 pm

I want one. Are you open Mondays?
Maybe we can do lunch?
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jeffchance wrote:$20 for a box of 20. Have 4 boxes available.
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