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Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
« Reply #100 on: October 04, 2013, 11:12:56 am »
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #101 on: October 04, 2013, 12:52:32 pm »
    I feel like a kid at Christmas.   :D   Very much looking forward to getting this one in hand.   As far as what its worth to have the work done - until you have handled one of these beauties, you have no idea how great they feel.  I handled Harm's when he got it back from Jesse and was immediately sold on the idea.  I'm not one who favors cutting on old warhorses willy-nilly but these rifles are what the famous "Jungle Carbine" should have been all along.  If it shoots as well as it looks and handles ( Harm's does ) I would not hesitate for a moment to spend $200.00 for this service.   

    It would be hard to imagine a better bolt action rifle for wandering around the deserts and woods of Arizona.  The caliber is adequate for anything that lives here and the rugged nature of the Enfield lends itself well to a hard use rifle that spends most of its time afield instead in the gun safe.   Truck rifle?   Absolutely.   Back-up gun for your big game hunt?  You betcha'.   

    Ruger Gunsite Scout rifles are for folks who don't own Enfields and haven't handled one of these.   They also need to have considerably more cash on hand than This project would cost you if you started with nothing but a case of the "I wants".     :thumbup1
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #102 on: October 04, 2013, 01:58:57 pm »
    :shrug

    Hyrum's was free for letting me potentially destroy his rifle. Coelacanth paid in beer since when his was started I didn't have an FFL yet.

    Honestly, I'm just not sure what would be fair to charge for one of these. The barrel shortening takes about an hour, chopping the stock and refitting the nosecap and such takes about 3 hours, refinishing the metal takes another four hours (you wouldn't believe how many fiddly little parts come off an Enfield under detail stripping!), and giving it a fresh coat of boiled linseed oil might have been another hour.

    But 9 hours of shop time at typical rates would probably be cost prohibitive on a $2-300 rifle.  :-\

    Maybe with experience I can reduce the time a bit.

    If you guys have some feedback on what you think it would be worth to you, I'd really value that input.

    It's more than just converting it though.  You're pretty much fully restoring it.

    I think a $249 to $299 price tag would be perfectly acceptable.


    -T.


    EDIT:  To clarify, I mean for the work alone.  Not the rifle included.

    Rifle included, I think $599 would be easily acceptable.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #103 on: October 04, 2013, 02:00:29 pm »
    I'd have no problem paying that for another one. 

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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #104 on: October 04, 2013, 03:41:06 pm »
    I agree 250-300 would be perfectly acceptable for this work...

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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #105 on: October 04, 2013, 05:17:20 pm »
    I suddenly feel the need to buy me an enfield 8)

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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #106 on: October 04, 2013, 05:49:29 pm »
    I've been trying to sell an SMLE...  ;-)

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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #107 on: October 04, 2013, 10:02:03 pm »
    This is simply awesome. I can't think of a better version of a scout rifle. The $250-300 price seems very reasonable. Now, could this be done w/ a Mark III SMLE? I've got an Ishapore .308 that could really use this treatment.


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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #108 on: October 04, 2013, 11:14:13 pm »
    Now, could this be done w/ a Mark III SMLE? I've got an Ishapore .308 that could really use this treatment.

    It's doable, but in my opinion it doesn't work quite as well as the No.4. The barrel mounted rear sight ends up leaving you without much sight radius and moving the nosecap/bayonet mount is trickier.

    If that's what you want though, I'll happily make it happen.
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    « Reply #109 on: October 04, 2013, 11:54:33 pm »
    It's doable, but in my opinion it doesn't work quite as well as the No.4. The barrel mounted rear sight ends up leaving you without much sight radius and moving the nosecap/bayonet mount is trickier.

    If that's what you want though, I'll happily make it happen.

    Good to know. We've got a No 4 at work that might have a new home and future coming.

    Paul


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