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Thread: My Quarantine Project

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    My Quarantine Project

    I had an old Lee Enfield, already cut, already drilled for sights and mounts. Got bored staying inside so I made some changes. I plan to build a better stock, this one is Russian birch.




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    You know I had to look three times to see you trimmed the butt socket back to use a one piece stock. And on a #4MKII to boot. Way to go. And that stock turned out great. Haven't seen one of those conversions in many years. Frank

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    Cool. What model scope is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazoo View Post
    Cool. What model scope is that?
    Old Bushnell Banner 1.5-4 x 20

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    Great job. I've always stayed away from buying one of these due to the Butt Ugly design of the butt socket. You might have a bright future on doing this type of conversion for this butt ugly British design.

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    Itís British, itís supposed to be ugly. How they ever came up with the cute MG two seater Iíll never know.

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    WOW you did good!

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    Thanks for letting me know.

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    Great job. You have some awesome talent there to make that too.

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    Nice.

    We have a junk Lee Enfield around here that my son picked up someplace, no hope of bringing it back to military, but the bore is good and I've been contemplating what to do with it for a while now. I wish I had these kinds of skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richhodg66 View Post
    Nice.

    We have a junk Lee Enfield around here that my son picked up someplace, no hope of bringing it back to military, but the bore is good and I've been contemplating what to do with it for a while now. I wish I had these kinds of skills.
    Really not much skill involved, The metal was cut with a hacksaw and finished with files. Pieces welded to rear of trigger guard and receiver, then finished with files. drill and tap the block welded to receiver. The stock is three pieces of Russian Birch plywood(russian birch has thinner layers). The center piece is cut and fitted as close as possible first, clamped into position and then sides are glued to center piece one at a time. this makes final fitting a lot easier. The outside profile is cut with a jigsaw and finished with a bench belt sander. Three pieces of solid wood would be much easier than plywood because of opposing grain in plywood. Action and trigger guard are both bedded into stock with plastic steel.

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    I think it's beautiful.
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

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    I think you DID make a silk purse from a sow's ear! Amazing work, nicely done!

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    Rem Lee,
    Well done on your Enfield conversion!

    Judging by you screen name I would hazard to guess you are an admirer of James Paris Lee's designs... Might you have seen the Canadian Experimental Lightweight No4 Enfield? Your modification are similar except Long Branch moved the trigger to the receiver and went with an aluminum trigger guard to reduce weight. Hanging the trigger on the receiver would take a bit more work and machining which was probably not in the scope your project. But yours is similar in some respects and done with the tools you described came out very well. Thanks for sharing.

    Photos from the internet of the Canadian Experimental Lightweight No4.





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    It is estimated somewhere between 30-50 of the Long Branch Lightweight No4 rifles were made. Some were even sporterized post war.


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    Thank You. Actually, I have Rem Lee factory sporter in 303 British, I even have the 4 magazines but 3 are rusty. I hate to shoot it for fear of splitting the stock but I have fired it and I like it.


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    Now that's a very nice and rare rifle there!

    Interesting how they mounted the rear peep sight to the cocking piece. You can sure see the linage to the Metford and Enfield models.

    Splitting the stock; from my reading that's how they came up with the socketed butt to avoid this very problem.

    Maybe reduced loads could be shot without fear of stock damage?

    Thanks for posting.

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    great looking stock!

    good write up on how you did it
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