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    Posted: December 06 2014 at 1:33pm
Can any one help me find a magazine for my Parker Hale .308 Enfield? Does anyone modify .303 magazines to handle the .308 cartridge? 
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Its more than just a modification AFAIK. I think it's a different magazine.
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naw , my charnwood 308 conversion used a standard no 4 magazine i think - looked the same , 
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No4 .308/7.62 rifles use a different mag to the .303 either made by Enfield stamped CR141A with a date, or Sterling made ones which are not as good. My Charnwood No4 has a Enfield one and I have a spare which is new. Enfield ones in the UK go for loads of money even secondhand £150+

You can use a .303 mag but use as single feed resting a round on the platform then chambering the round.
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Originally posted by Rockape2 Rockape2 wrote:

No4 .308/7.62 rifles use a different mag to the .303 either made by Enfield stamped CR141A with a date, or Sterling made ones which are not as good. My Charnwood No4 has a Enfield one and I have a spare which is new. Enfield ones in the UK go for loads of money even secondhand £150+

You can use a .303 mag but use as single feed resting a round on the platform then chambering the round.

That was what I'd heard. Something about the ejector needing to work with the narrower 7.62 round & being a part of the 7.62 mag body.
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The magazine shown in the 2 eBay auctions are for an Ishapore 2A/2A1 rifle.

Although these were designed for a different rifle, they can be made to fit and work well in a No 4 rifle.

Having fitted and used rifles with all three types,  I would rate the functionality of the 7.62 magazines as Enfield -> Ishapore -> Sterling from best to worst.


 
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The 303 magazine can be modified with an insert, but the result would hold less than 10 rounds of .303/7.62.

On the milsurps site, in the Lee Enfield section there is a thread called "Happened upon an interesting No 4 last weekend"; posts #14 and #64 show such a converted magazine. 
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