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KShack
08-20-2013, 10:58 AM
Hey all,

I was recently given a Lee enfield No 4 Mk 2 by a friend. Its got what looks like lazer etching saying 1/49 and a serial of PF 988***. The serials do not all match as the magazine has a different serial. I will post all the serials when i get home from work.

What I want to know is whether or not it was made in 1949 (or what year for that matter), where its been (if anyone has any idea), and what its worth (though i think right around $300-350). Thanks again

Bainter1212
08-20-2013, 11:26 AM
The market has been rising for these in the last few years. Worth for a mk ii depends largely on condition of wood and metal, and numbers matching. The mag not matching is normal, I have never seen one with a mag that matched the gun. Check Gunbroker for recent sales, that will give you an idea.

Or you could send it to me for testing :D

KShack
08-20-2013, 11:34 AM
Hahahaha. It has minor pitting on the end of the barrel but other than that it is a VERY clean rifle. I will post pictures later tonight but even the wood looks great!

M1A Rifleman
08-20-2013, 12:04 PM
The mag not matching is normal, I have never seen one with a mag that matched the gun. :D

Really, my 1952 has all matching numbers. :cool2:

Sutcliffe
08-20-2013, 12:48 PM
Sweetest, cleanest Enfield I've ever seen.

Bainter1212
08-20-2013, 1:06 PM
Really, my 1952 has all matching numbers. :cool2:

Nice....I would guess some of those mk IIs found still "in the crate" and the so-called "Irish contract" rifles would definitley have matching mags.

KShack
08-20-2013, 1:19 PM
So with all matching parts except the mag, made in 1949 when they switched from the Mk1 to the Mk2, and what I would call good to very good shape, what do you all think its worth

cwilliams
08-20-2013, 1:23 PM
Really, my 1952 has all matching numbers. :cool2:

I saw one at the last show in Costa Mesa. Everything matched, stock included. $450 was the asking price. If it hasn't been sitting next to a No 5 that I picked up under market value, it would have been going home with me.

jarhead714
08-20-2013, 1:34 PM
My 1942 Fazerkley has a trigger smoother than most modern rifles on the rack right now. :D

Bainter1212
08-20-2013, 2:30 PM
So with all matching parts except the mag, made in 1949 when they switched from the Mk1 to the Mk2, and what I would call good to very good shape, what do you all think its worth

Is it blond, brunette, or redhead?? Seriously I would pay more for some blond wood LOL. Maybe between $300 - $400 would be my guess. If you have a 0 or 1 bolt head it makes it more likely to headspace properly, and/or easier to find a 2 or 3 bolt head to bring it into spec.
If it's nice you can probably get some decent money for it here in the marketplace. Mark it high and say you'll consider offers.

KShack
08-20-2013, 2:37 PM
It looks like a dark walnut wood. Havent checked the bolt yet though

mosinnagantm9130
08-20-2013, 4:13 PM
1/49 is January of 1949.

Pics are needed to be sure of value, as it could be more or less than $300-$400, but that is a good ballpark figure.

KShack
08-20-2013, 4:22 PM
Ill have them up tonight but good to know!

KShack
08-21-2013, 1:22 AM
Turns out its a PF 986** from 4/49. Anything interesting about that?

DennisCA
08-22-2013, 8:09 PM
Need pic's!!!!!!!

Trenchfoot
08-24-2013, 3:00 PM
I bought a really clean, all matching including magazine, No4 Mk2 off of gunbroker 10 days ago for $350. I say, unless you need $300-$400 really bad, keep it and shoot it!

http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/358015000/358015924/pix085329459.jpg

smittty
08-24-2013, 5:16 PM
They are really nice rifles, my favorite military bolt action rifles!

I just recently got an email from Aim Surplus advertising the No.5 MK 1 for $395. These are nice too but condition looks a bit rough.

cwilliams
08-26-2013, 11:39 AM
They are really nice rifles, my favorite military bolt action rifles!

I just recently got an email from Aim Surplus advertising the No.5 MK 1 for $395. These are nice too but condition looks a bit rough.

That's not too bad of a price for a No 5. I payed under that for one that I found at the last Costa Mesa show in what looks to be better condition, but they do not come around often. Most that I have come across in the past year are in excellent condition for around $500-600

As long as the bore is good, I wouldn't worry too much about the appearance of the wood. They saw action in a fairly harsh climate which I think just gives it character.

Czechsix
09-02-2013, 6:03 PM
Hang on to it, and start reloading. They'll take lead bullets quite nicely. I've got a few Enfields, various marks. Great rifles.