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    Posted: November 27 2017 at 6:10pm
So, I've been making some alterations on my faux No4 T. I've cleaned up the furniture by using #0000 steel wool,taken everything apart and reblued it so as to have color conforming pieces. I found an early Savage cocking piece and added it to the ensemble.
I located a front hand guard with a notch in it so I was able to use a hinged barrel band I had in a parts bin. It is of my opinion that I did an outstanding job recreating an iconic piece of military history.
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Yes,yes I have...
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Nice work!
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I stopped into my local gun shop today with it. As soon as I opened the case, two of the store personnel offered me a substantial amount of money for it. I informed them that if I accepted the offer they would be the owner of a faux No4 T sniper rifle. They could not believe this is not an original. That,in and of itself made me a tad prideful. The owner asked me this though. "Why would you ruin a perfectly decent Enfield by adding a scope?" I answered. I did not ruin it. It's still in full military dress,it still shoots as it was intended to do. I gave it a small facelift by installing the cheek rest,scope mount,and scope for an Enfield No4 MkI T sniper rifle. His thought process on that was that all I did was sporterised another Enfield. It made me think. Is that what I did?
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Possibly.
I did something similar to my unwrapped No4 Mk2, but I made no irreversible changes. If you drilled & tapped the receiver to get the mount pads on then its no longer "original", the same with the butt where the cheek piece is screwed in. It's yours & you can customize as you see fit, so its not "Bubba'd", but it is irreversibly changed. Purists won't like that. Heck they don't like what I did & I can reverse every little detail in minutes with all the original parts.


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I'm looking at it like this. Purists view aside and yes,you are correct,nothing I did to it is reversible. I took a rifle that wasn't even a rifle at the time,it was just a barrelled receiver and I went to town making a rifle. It just happened to become a No4 T rifle. So,to a degree,I did sporterize an Enfield rifle by drilling and tapping holes into the side of the receiver to accept a scope mount.
It's still a No4 MkI,and it still goes bang when you pull the trigger. It's just now,you can see the target a little better now...
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Love that blonde wood on your rifle by the way...
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If you built it from a barrelled receiver; you've obviously not ruined a "perfectly decent Enfield". What you've done is restore the bare parts to a slghtly different version.
 A bit like restoring a Ford Mustang bodyshe!! and upgrading to a V8 instead of 6 cylinder.
It's one more rifle at the range; that's got to be good!
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I agree, if it wasn't original before its not such a big deal.
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I bought a No5, on further inspection the stock was completely butchered internally. The bayonet lug was ground off & it had been re-blued (quite nicely as well).
At that point I had no problem converting it to a "Gubbermint Model Sporter"!




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Very nice rifle you have.
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your not ruining "your" rifle , some might differ in their thinking and i understand that but it is yours .

finding and paying for real no4Ts is an issue - its why i do not have one , altering my current rifles is out of the question in my mind as they were accumulated with a purpose , that said i did alter some in the past , specifically a Cno7mkI with a scope and "T" cheek piece as well as a charnwood conversion with the same , both served well for the time i owned them , 

bottom line - i do not fault you as long as you dont try to pass it off as an original , enjoy your rifle or let someone else enjoy it they are getting a lot scarcer 
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I'm too proud of what I did to not let people know I made it.
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Meaning,I will always say hey look what I did.
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