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    Posted: October 01 2021 at 12:08pm
Took out my only Lee Enfield, and snaps some photos.

I picked this up at a local gun shop for about $120, 10 years ago. I've used it as a shooter since then, although haven't taken it out in several years now due to ammo prices. 

Thanks for looking, and would appreciate any feedback as I'm a complete novice when it comes to Lee Enfields. 










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Markings and some close-ups










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well it's mostly complete, just missing the nose cap assembly , the rear sight ears and maybe barrel band.  Hard to tell if it has matching numbers on the receiver and bolt.  the wood work looks to have been given a hideous varnish job ?  Not too hard to return to original issue set up, would need new lower forewood and a front handguard.  Whats the bore like?
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I have joined the forend at the barrel band
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Under the ramp sight..theres the crows foot mark but under that is:
          EFD
           EX

What does the "EX" stand for? Anyone got insight?
Loose wimmen tightened here
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That's a nice looking rifle
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Nice looking Sporter! I have found if older military rifles are finished with a product like Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil (in my opinion, having used it on many rifle refurbishments, a great product for more modern furniture), it doesn't look right. I like to buff it with xxxx steel wool to knock the shine off. Just a thought!
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Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

Under the ramp sight..theres the crows foot mark but under that is:
          EFD
           EX

What does the "EX" stand for? Anyone got insight?



Anyone?
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Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

Under the ramp sight..theres the crows foot mark but under that is:
          EFD
           EX

What does the "EX" stand for? Anyone got insight?



Anyone?
I got zip,nada,nothing after checking all my library & photo’s etc etc,never recall seeing that one anywhere!
 Have noted the below stamped marks used a few time’s.

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 EFD
   E

Cheer’s today.
Anyone seen the Tardis Box anywhere? 🤨
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an EY stamp can mean “emergency use only” , not sure about EX . 
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I found a source with British WW1 regiment markings . EX in that source was The Essex Regiment / 44th foot, and The Essex Regiment, 2nd Battalion, / 56th foot . 
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by the way that’s a nice looking sporter ! 
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I wonder if the EX stamp means "exigency"  as in wartime exigency.  or other words a part hurriedly made that may not conform to the exact manufacturing specification that would normally apply. But necessary due to urgent / emergency demand.   perhaps a part that would normally be second grade or reject, but had to be used due to shortages.

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That would be more likely to be stamped with an "A" suffix to the serial number meaning some non-standard parts.
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Thanks, all! I've considered restoring it, but not a project on the forefront at the moment. Maybe one day, or more likely, I'd rather buy a complete example, and keep this as a shooter. 

@Marco1010 - Appreciate the feedback. Bore is in good shape. Received that way, and I'm meticulous about cleaning my firearms after running ammo through them.  
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