enfield no 1 mk3 build?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by chuxta, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. chuxta

    chuxta Active Member

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    In my hunt for cheap guns to fix up and or build i ended up with an enfield no.1 mk3. It was a freebie, can't go wrong there. But this thing is fugly, I don't have a clue who fitted whatever kind of monte carlo stock on it, and cut the forearm down a few inches along with the barrel But this rifle was a hard used hunter and killed quite a few deer from what I've been told.
    I know these actions are on the weak side for anything extreme. I got to thinking about what i could do with this thing and i want to do something different.
    Can rimless cartridges be used with this particular action?
    If so, is a 22-250 too much for this action?
    If not, would necking down the .303 or the .303-25 to a .22 with an ackley improvement, (or maybe i could talk to mr allen about doing this with his improvement) done be comparable to the 22-250?
    If i want to use the factory mag i know it will be a pain to fit but could other cartridges be used my last 22-250 had an o.a.l. of like 2.52something like that.
    I doubt i would shoot anything bigger than a 55 gr. bullet. probably go with a little heavier than varmint barrel about 26 inches long since this thing was used to like a 28 or 30 inch barrel originally. Im still looking for a decent looking stock to put on and with what I'm thinking about doing buying some original wood doesn't seem to fit the rest of it. I am open to suggestions, I'm just in the thinking stage of this one, anything is appreciated.
     
  2. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Well-Known Member

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    Forget rimless, however there is a book on Enfields that has all the rimmed wildcats down to 22.. Gunsmith was Canadian named Epps. Cannot remember the name of the book and mine is packed up. Look at Amazon
     
  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The Enfield's are very weak and not used with anything very large (A 22/250 is a high intensity cartridge with a .473 case head and a .466 case body that will load the bolt lugs pretty hard).

    The best thing to chamber it in In My opinion, would be something like a 22 Hornet up to a 218 Bee
    The 218 bee is a great 22 caliber round with a .408 case head and a .349 case body and a rimed
    case. for less bolt loading at the same pressure as the 22/250.

    The Enfield has rear locking lugs and even though they will take a little more cartridge, the rear locking lugs start giving poor accuracy if loaded to far.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Well-Known Member

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  5. chuxta

    chuxta Active Member

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    I like the .218 bee idea just throwing it out there could other rimmed cases be used like handgun cartridge? Specifically .44 mag idk that might be too much for the action. .357 maximum looks neat too i know im all over the place and i appreiciate all the comments. Im checking out the accurate enfield link now.