''Sacrilege'' some will say - as this is a MkIV
Enfield, but - sporterized!! This however was the
way it was when bought and with Winchester 180 grain
JSP rounds shoots very well. It is good enough to
be a backup deer rifle in fact.
Not overly heavy but enough to deal with recoil,
plus the slip-on pad makes it even better for comfort
and usefully lengthens the butt. A pleasurable shooter.
Here is a fun rifle! The Enfield MkV "Jungle"
carbine, in .303 British. It came into service around
1943 to see use in Borneo and jungle fighting -
it's reduced size and weight making it more totable.
The downside is that recoil is definitely more obvious!
(Note recoil pad, which slightly lengthens and makes more comfortable!)
The action is sweet, as all Enfields and makes for
very fast cycling from the std 10 round magazine.
Aquisition of quite large quantities of very old
milsurp ammunition make this not over expensive
to shoot, altho being corrosive primed there is
a need to clean up well after. Sights are excellent
- either with leaf down a peep which is near spot
on for 100 yards or - flip up leaf and dial in range
on that peep ring.
Coming out of an Indian Arsenal - this is essentially
the Enfield SMLE but chambered for the .308 Win
and referred to as the 'Ishapore' 2A. It is certainly
well able to handle the round but this example has
not, thus far, been capable of grouping at all well.
That should be probably addressed by finding the
handload that suits.
Despite being only chambered for .22lr this rifle
is quite a heavyweight and could well be at a glance
taken for being something more like a .270 - until
the small (10 round) magazine is spotted! The chamber
diameter has to be about 1".
It appears to date back to 1920's and is incredibly
accurate. It took 134 rabbits one summer on a farm
suffering an infestation! Supposedly it was discovered that,
in excellent condition these rifles are worth quite
a lot. This one has some small bluing blemishes and is so
not 100% perfect but still - a very handsome gun and
a keeper too.
One of many quite inexpensive C&R rifles and
getting close to carbine in size, regrded perhaps as "two band". It is chambered
for the .308 Win but much doubt exists as to whether
it is actually man enough to handle that - in part
because of considerations involving the bolt lock-up
strength, with only two lugs.
It has become because of this an enjoyable platform
for experimentation with cast rifle bullets, which
of course do not reach anywhere near the peak pressures.
Better to play safe!