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    New barrels in the UK?

    My dear old bitsa No.4's barrel is now unquestionably shot out, to the point where even a cheapo Chinese USB borescope picks up the agricultural state of the throat. It just about groups inside a Fig 12 at 300yds but I know the action and bedding will do better than that.



    Aside from the Criterion barrels, what are the options for a new No.4 barrel in the UKicon? I'm more worried about accuracy than originality - this rifle is for shooting!
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    1943 Maltby No.4 Mk.I, .303"
    1950 Shirley No.8 Mk.I, .22"

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    I have had an Armalon barrel fitted to my replica No4 T and it shoots very well, 0.5" to 0.7" with Hornady and Winchester ammunition @ 100 Metres.
    My barrel was purchased from tbonesmithicon in Australiaicon and fitted by a local armourer and gunsmith here in New Zealand.
    I believe Fulton's of Bisley may stock them, they also come with bayonet lugs.
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    LE, it may sound a daft question but you didn't state if it was .303 or 7.62mm ? I gather it is .303 ?
    Original No4 barrels are nearly none existent, There was someone selling Walther barrels at around £350 fitted ...... If your not desperate and on a budget you can still get hold of a sporterised or a shabby looking No4 with a good barrel and swap them over, this would probably need a spacer made etc.

    As you stated your a shooter and not worried about original etc, if it was me its a perfect opportunity to convert to 7.62mm or 7.62/.303
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    It is indeed a 303. I vaguely remember the Lothar Walther barrels a few years ago but I can't remember who was selling them.

    Convert to 7.62/.303? Do you mean one or the other? Or is there an oddball wildcat cartridge out there?
    Unknown year BSA commercial SMLE Mk.III, .303"
    1943 Maltby No.4 Mk.I, .303"
    1950 Shirley No.8 Mk.I, .22"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonEnfield View Post
    It is indeed a 303. I vaguely remember the Lothar Walther barrels a few years ago but I can't remember who was selling them.

    Convert to 7.62/.303? Do you mean one or the other? Or is there an oddball wildcat cartridge out there?
    I would either use a 7.62 ex target barrel and contour to the No4 profile or re chamber an ex target barrel for .303, bit more work to do, but a lot more bullet choice and still use your .303 brass, Bruce in Oz may be along shortly with some facts and figures.....

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    If you convert a No.4 303 to the 7.62 does the weapon have to be re-proofed by the proof house

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    Yep as its a different calibre, also a barrel will if its had any work done to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonEnfield View Post
    It is indeed a 303. I vaguely remember the Lothar Walther barrels a few years ago but I can't remember who was selling them.
    Chris at CG Firearms uses the Lothar Walther barrels on his re-furbed/re-barreled No.4's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeeRam View Post
    Chris at CG Firearms uses the Lothar Walther barrels on his re-furbed/re-barreled No.4's.
    Awaiting delivery of one of these myself. Can't wait. Had a 1941 Long Branch he supplied & another of his No. 4 re-furbs previously. We're brilliant rifles.

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