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Lee Enfield 303 Conversion To. 410

Discussion in 'Shotguns (SGC)' started by Trooper1965, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. Trooper1965

    Trooper1965 Engaging Member

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    Looking for a Lee enfield conversion anybody know where I could pick one up

    Cheers

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    I will stand to be corrected by other members but I thought these old conversions were outlawed because the 303 was listed as a firearm and cannot be downgraded so they were destroyed. It is a long long time ago that this was a subject in the old shooting press but I do think this was the case.

    It is worth talking to an RFD who is well informed or of course your local firearms officer to verify the situation.

    Good luck with it and forgive me if I am wrong.

    Phil
     
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    I remember 40 years ago when there were all sorts of ex military rifles bored out to .410 for sale in Exchange and Mart. They are now Section 1 not because of having been a "firearm" in the past but because of the magazine capacity. No doubt there will be a few Section 2 kicking about but they would have to be modified and come with a Magazine Restriction proof mark / certificate. If your lucky you might find one on Gunmart or some other online dealer eventually....

    Philpot, may be a lot were destroyed because there was no market and conversion was not cost effective. They were good for collectors and as a cheap gun but their bulk and weight would not have made them particularly desirable as a working gun.
     
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    They often come up on gun trader and the like.
    As above.
    It’s section 5 firearms (semi autos, autos or short firearms) that can’t ever be reduced in classification. Its fine to do for section 1 guns like bolt action rifles.
    The gun will have the mag blanked off and reduced to single / 3 shot then proofed.
    There are even some originals made as single shots in .410 for guarding prisoners but I expect you would pay a fair price for these.
    Interesting thing to own but horrid to shoot as a .410 shotgun.
    Good luck with the search.
     
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    a mate of mine has one,although i personally have never seen it.
     
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    I found one for a mate at one of my clubs. Was limited to single shot but he loves it, they are still around.
     
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    I have one. A 1919 model MK3* converted to .410 as a single shot.
    I did take it clay bashing once and whilst I hit about 1 in 10 I've never had as many people ask for a go as I did with that! (I did remove the bayonet though)
    I've always wanted one and when I realised I could have one on an SGC I had to get one.
    It doesn't get used, but it gets regularly oiled and cleaned as a favourite piece of history.[​IMG]
     
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    They dont like it up em
     
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    I have a 1917 deact with bayonet Fubbytucker. The stock on your looks in mint condition.
     
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    Look on pigeon watch forum
    Atb
     
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    That's a bute I would probably do the same shoot now and again but the pleasure would be owning one and cleaning it.

    Atb

    Trooper
     
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    My understanding is that Section 1 firearms converted to section 2 after the '88 act came into force are to still be considered S1 if it has or ever had a rifled barrel less than 24" 'notwithstanding anything done for the purpose of converting it into a shot gun or an air weapon'.

    Luckily the SMLE had/has a barrel of 25".:)
    Many Enfields were converted I believe and they often appear in sales and auctions.
     
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    Your understanding is correct :)
     
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    Saw an absolute beaut today. 1922 Enfield sleeved down to .22 LR with Parker Hale peep sights. Told it shoots spot on.
     

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