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Old February 4, 2013, 01:13 PM   #6
maillemaker
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This guy who has it is a friend and has always promised me this piece, So what would be a fair price ?????
Missed this part.

Current new production Enfield rifles sell in excess of $800.

I've seen them sold as low as $500 or so used.

Personally, if I was going to spend anywhere near $800 on an Enfield, I'd wait until they are back in stock and buy one of the new Pedersoli Enfields.

I own a Euroarms Enfield. It had a huge bore when I got it (used) at .584 inches. At that size, your options for stock molds that will work well are limited. I think I paid $495 for it 2 years ago, and I spent another $500 on a new Whitacre barrel for it, and I've spent at least $250 on various molds trying to get it to shoot well.

Within a year of N-SSA competition shooting, the nose of the sear mushroomed out and broke off because it was too soft.

The Euroarms Enfield, like all of the reproductions until very recently, was based off of the Parker Hale reproduction, which was based off of UK tooling, which was based off a Type IV Enfield. The vast majority of Enfields in the Civil War were Type III. Also, the Euroarms Enfield hammer is too small, as was the Parker Hale it was copied after.

Some Euroarms deficiencies for a Civil War-era Enfield:
  • Wrong sling hardware
  • Wrong Badley-style barrel bands, should be Palmer-style
  • Wrong lockplate markings
  • Wrong lockpate washers
  • Too heavy
  • Polyurethane stock finish
  • Hammer is too small

The Pedersoli Enfield has corrected many of these problems. Armisport is said to be soon likewise reworking their Enfield.

I would not buy a Euroarms Enfield today unless it was one heck of a deal or if it was delivered with a known bullet/powder charge recipe that could demonstrably punch a single hole in the paper off a bench.

Steve
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