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Thought that I would show off again with another of my projects that is close to completion.

I bought a short barreled Lee Enfield many years ago, found it on the 'trade in' rack in the sports department of a local Canadian Tire store. Picked it up for $80. I used it as a truck gun for many years and it came with me everytime I went into the bush as it was light and very handy.

As I got into the hobby of collecting Enfields, my research showed that my truck gun was once an 1893 Mk.II Lee Metford. By this time, I had a couple of full length Magazine Lee Enfields and was looking for an original Lee Metford to add to my collection, but never found one. I always had in the back of my mind, the idea of restoring my Mk.II

Then I did some horsetrading with another collector, he had a worn out full length Enfield barrel and other parts stripped off of a rifle. We made our deal for the parts and I got the barrel thrown in. Good deal, especialy when I discovered that the shot out bore was actualy bright and shiney Metford rifling in excellent condition.

Right place at the right time. I had only one Metford that I could put this nice barrel on, my truck gun.

Bubba had worked long hours, almost everything was modified. The barrel was cut back to 18 inches, the forearm was bobbed, the butt stock was shaved, the mag had been shortened. So I stripped everything down to components and started from the receiver up.

I replaced the barrel, adjusted the headspacing, changed the woodset, added the nosecap, barrel bands, cut off and volley sights, switched out the magazine.

The replacement woodset needed a few repairs and then was stripped and redone with many, many coats of hand rubbed BLO, burnished and boned. The finish on the wood looks old, worn and feels great in the hands.

The metal parts were carefully selected for markings and matching patina to the reciever group and were gently cleaned using only gun oil and fine steel wool. Most of the screws and pins are handmade replacements.

So not much left of the original rifle, however, the numbers on the bolt and the rear sight do match those on the receiver. All the rifle's component parts are correct for that year, Enfield inspector marked and have WD broad arrow acceptance stamps.

All correct factory parts, all matching except for the barrel. At quick first inspection you couldn't tell that the rifle is not an original. So I got a pencil and described what I had done on a small slip of paper signed it, dated it and hid it underneath the buttplate

The action is slick and it shoots like a charm. It is now one of my favourites and the current example of a MLM in my collection. The time to find the parts and restore it? This one was quick, it took only about three years. The cost involved to do it? Probably more than the assembled rifle is worth. But well worth the effort.
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Truck gun

Finding the right parts was half of the fun. I seem to have more time than money as my main resource, so yes, patience is an asset for sure. If I am not in a hurry, usualy the right parts will come along at the right price eventualy.

My truck gun was used as the basis for the assembly, so although I now had a original spec long rifle, I no longer had a short light carbine to carry in the bush. I actualy missed not having it anymore.

Then somebody gave me a LEC reciever and I toyed with the idea of building a replacement carbine. So I looked in my parts bins, I had very few of the correct parts that I would need for an LEC Mk.I*. However, I did seem to have lots of parts in my junk drawer, including the take off barrel from the truck gun, a forearm cut back to the lower barrel band, a buttplate, a buttstock, a mag, a bolt, a dust cover, a hanguard, a Rigby nosecap, a trigger guard, a sear, sling swivels, screws, bolts, sights, even a sling

So just for fun I laid out all the parts that I would need for an assembly. I had everything.

Every part I had in the junk drawer was a take off from another project. They were all junk because they had been Bubba'd or bent, were badly refinished, pitted or had no finish at all. There was some reason why each piece had been rejected. So I just spent time reworking everything.

Headspace is perfect and the action is smooth. It is REALLY LOUD due to the short barrel and produces a muzzle flash. Quite an awesome little carbine. It is like shooting a BB gun with that short sight radius, but I can pretty well hit anything I want at fifty yards with it, so shoots good enough for me and is perfect for the thick Northern Ontario bush.

And because it is assembled out of otherwise discarded parts, to me it is a freebee!
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