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    Posted: April 30 2018 at 9:36pm
Been searching for a No4 for a while and ran across one locally that seemed to be in decent shape. All numbers matching, serials started with "F", and it was reasenaled to a mk1/2 in 1949 (1943 original build).

I'm still new with these rifles, so in my quest to figure out what exactly to look for, I ran across this video (https://youtu.be/huh7kEKS3xY). Around the 12 minute mark he goes over where the barrel should bear on the stock. The one I checked out today put pressure on the bottom and left sides. It would spring back there each time. The seller still claimed that it was accurate, but it scared me off. Even though it was $400, I didn't want something that was terribly inaccurate.

Did I make a mistake by making a big deal about the forend pressure or am I better off to keep looking?
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I think that price is very good for a No4Mk1/2 providing it's matching numbers on bolt and receiver.
The wood can have an effect on accuracy; but it can also be fixed by refitting it properly. 
Also consider that the No4Mk1/2 is rarer than the standard Mk1 and has the advantage of having the WWII pedigree but with the later modification to the receiver hung trigger of the Mk2.

While these are military rifles, not match rifles. A good one in the right hands can surprise many modern rifles at the range. Most just need a little TLC to get them right; and that's half the fun!
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Wood fitment is easy to address if it causes an issue. Personally, with matching numbers at that price I would have snagged it up.
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I appreciate the replies. I reached back out to the seller and I plan on picking it up next weekend.
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Go for it, the price is worth a bit of stock work.
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Think it's a wise decision to go back and get it for that price.
 Here in France you won't find a No4 of any model for less than 700 Euros (about 800 US dollars). But even for the USA I think the price is good. 
Please post some photos when you've got it. Feel free to ask questions here. There's plenty of good info to be had.
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the "F" designation was for fine rear sights IIRC , they were fitted with the micrometer rear sights , just short of "T" quality i think but i could be wrong on this as ive never seen one so marked - only read of them , 
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