AIA No4 mk4 Lee Enfield

Discussion in 'Shooting, Hunting and Fishing' started by Jubbles, Jan 8, 2010.

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  1. Hi

    I am considering buying one of these rifles as on paper it will provide me with a long range rifle capapble of using surplus ammo, fitting a scope easily and looking pretty damn good.

    Have any of you used the 7.62x51mm version and if so please tell me what you think of the rifle and what MOA it is capable of
  2. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    I believe No4s rebarrelled to 7.62 have been banned at Bisley, recall reading something in last months Rifleman.

    Anyone who takes a No4 and converts it deserves to be whipped until red raw then dipped in salt and vinegar crisp dust.
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  3. The AIA 7.62mm No4s have a fairly patchy reputation so far - performance seems variable. May be variations in bore diameter, or that AIA simply haven't developed the bedding enough. The rifles are quite well made, they just don't seem to meet accuracy expectations.

    The smaller AIAs (No5 clones) in 7.62x39 seem quite good - at least the batch in UK. Some overseas owners reporting oversize bores. I have this M10 model, and it manages 2-3 moa up to about 300yds with that really cheapo Wolf ammo. Very cheap shooter, compared to just about any other full bore these days!


    P.s. the NRA warning on 7.62mm-actioned No4s appears to be utter groundless horse poo, and they've not attempted to answer any challenges about it....
  4. I agree, however these are not conversions these are brand new rifles, no surplus parts used at all.
  5. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    Possibly but owner should still be persecuted.

    Its like taking a Webley Fosberry and turning it in a police snubby with Pachmyers......... criminal.

  6. Are these ok......?

  7. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    No....... beautiful as they are..... 7.62 is just wrong.

    Saying that, I can't be arrsed reloading and have been quoted £107.50 for .303........ looks like its time to get the dies out.
  8. Oooh! Gun porn, more please.
  9. O.k. - quick race through Enfield history.....








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  10. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    A droolworthy collection.

    If anyone ever breaks in to your safe and leaves salty DNA all over the No3s & No5s chances are its me, so apologies in advance
  11. Beautiful, not much more to be said really. Nice collection.
  12. squeekingsapper

    squeekingsapper LE Reviewer

    lovely collection.

    I have a ShTLE No1 Mk1 with the "solid nose cap" and volley sights associated with the MLE dated 1904.

    Will take some photos tomorrow and upload them, but it's not as nice as your collection
  13. Beautiful until the one with the Harris bipod. urghhhh! :puker:
  14. Living here in the US, I may be asking a real bone question, but ....
    Although the prices for ALL long arms have gone up markedly in the last 12 months, there are still many Savage made (and others) Mk4 no1's to be had here.
    They vary in price and quality, but start at around $350.00. They are, obviously, .303 weapons. If they are readily available in the US, then I would hope that they would also be available in the UK?

    If you want cheap and dodgy 7.62mm Lee-Enfield, there are any number of Indian made ones around here for sale. When I say "cheap", I mean $120 "Bargain bucket" stuff.

    Although I have now owned mine for 4 years, I picked up my Mk4 No2, for $189.00. While it is no "museum" piece, it is accurate and in no way as messed up in appearance, as the Indian ones all seem to be. Not as nice as some in the Gun porn above though :-(

    As to cheap ammo, there is any amount of cheap Indian/Pakistani .303 available here. Priced at around $11.00 for 32 rounds. Date stamped circa 1962-5 from what I have seen. This DOES have a gruesome reputation for hang firing, which say one in 50 round do actually do. But, still cheaper than Wolf stuff by about 50%.
    If you want to go "Rolls-Royce, I have to say Hornaby's ammo is the most reliable (unless you match load) of the various brands I have tried.

  15. A genuine Enforcer, with a Harris bipod as specified by Police and Home Office "sniping experts"..... I suppose in c.1970, any sort of bipod was seen as daring and avant garde...