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Hey all, this is just a heads up for anyone looking for an Ishapore Enfield rifle in .308 - there's one on the rack at Martin Arms in Vernonia, OR as of today. Numbers matched, bore looked good and the original stock was in fair shape. I believe he was asking $500 for it, but can't remember the exact price.
 
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Hey all, this is just a heads up for anyone looking for an Ishapore Enfield rifle in .308 - there's one on the rack at Martin Arms in Vernonia, OR as of today. Numbers matched, bore looked good and the original stock was in fair shape. I believe he was asking $500 for it, but can't remember the exact price.

That is a long way from the $189 I paid for mine , I will pass. First mover advantage is a wonderful thing.
 
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That is a long way from the $189 I paid for mine , I will pass. First mover advantage is a wonderful thing.

When looking at the time value of money, the price today for many imported milsurp rifles is cheaper than when they were first sold in the US. Firearms are usually a poor long term investment.
 

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I've got an all original 1918 BSA Lee Enfield now. What's with the .308? Was that an easy "Sportification" they did back before they knew better?
 
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I picked up my 2A1 recently. Pictures at Post #557.

We need some C&R porn

But why a 2A1? Hummmm......maybe, it's because.......my son and I ran into this one a couple of months prior (in OR)? Yup.....I passed on this one.
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Rrrrright.......sporterized.

Aloha, Mark
 
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When looking at the time value of money, the price today for many imported milsurp rifles is cheaper than when they were first sold in the US. Firearms are usually a poor long term investment.

While I do not totally disagree I am money ahead on most of my milsurps. I bought my Ishapore 2A1 in 1997 appx.

Here is that the inflation calculator says and yes i am ahead of the game compared to the current prices where they seem to run about $500 .

For what it is worth most of my Swedes were purchased back when you could buy them at $79 the GEW98 was $99 at the time.

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I've got an all original 1918 BSA Lee Enfield now. What's with the .308? Was that an easy "Sportification" they did back before they knew better?

The Indian Army made new purpose built Enfields in 7.62 NATO during the 50's and early 60's to equip police and army units. They are made from modern steel and are also redesigned actions. They are not a authentic copy of an SMLE and there are some differences that prevent you using many parts from the 303 rifle.
 

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I figure......that I'm a "temporary custodian" of my mil surplus rifles. Rrrrright.....I don't put that much emphasis on them as an "investment". Because I get to shoot them/enjoy them while I'm still here on this green Earth.

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Aloha, Mark
 

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I bought two of them, maybe 12 or so years ago. A friend was an FFL at the time. The distributor cost was $99 each if you bought 2 or more. He charged me little or nothing for the transfer, little or nothing for shipping since it was with a bigger order, so they were a pretty good deal at the time. Of course these were not the nicest ones, they both have stock repairs. The bore are chromed though, so they're pretty good.

They really are neat old rifles; they're a legitimate Enfield that came along much later, after the originals were out of use elsewhere.
 

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Rrrrright........think of those $69-$99 SKSs from China that we could get back in the day. And, IIRC....they were NIB.

Aloha, Mark
 

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The Ishapore Enfields were factory produced in 7.62x51mm.

I hadn't learned that I guess.. The Lee Enfield's have so many different configurations, it's mind boggling! It's like the Britt's were constantly making little changes trying to perfect it. Add to that, they were made in so many different places. From what reading (and shooting) I have done, they're excellent rifles just the way they were.
 

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Rrrrright........think of those $69-$99 SKSs from China that we could get back in the day. And, IIRC....they were NIB.

Aloha, Mark
I sure remember those. The cheapest I remember was a big crate at a gun show, maybe a dozen rifles in it packed in cosmoline. Those particular ones were definitely used, but they were $59 each. I think this was in the late '90s. Back then, the SKS was "cheap commie junk" that a lot of people looked down their noses at. Who would have believed that they'd command the prices they do now? :)

I've said it before, if I could get in a time machine and go back with a wad of cash in my pockets, I would buy... not a single gun! I'd spend all my money on some choice corporate stocks! :D
 
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