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Since a lot of you guys have knowledge beyond M-14's I thought I'd ask this.
I want a NEW 10 round magazine for my No4 Mk1 Lee-Enfield.
I've seen on the web some claim the ProMag for Enfields work, others say they don't. I know I wouldn't buy one from them for an M1A.
But do any of you know, are they the ONLY ones currently offering new Lee-Enfield magazines?
 

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I have only had one set of promag mags work and strangely enough it was their M1A mags. I wouldn't bother with the headache and just go with the factory surplus.
 
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I'll have to agree with everyone else, on the quality of the Pro Mags. They are nice looking, but that doesn't make them function any better.
One of the things I have found, is that you need to "Fit" (tune) the mag to the rifle, and this includes the old surplus magazines. You can get one working 100%, in one rifle, it may not work at all in another rifle.

FWIW, Sarco is showing reproductions @ $29.95 each, Stock # RM61
 

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I'll have to agree with everyone else, on the quality of the Pro Mags. They are nice looking, but that doesn't make them function any better.
One of the things I have found, is that you need to "Fit" (tune) the mag to the rifle, and this includes the old surplus magazines. You can get one working 100%, in one rifle, it may not work at all in another rifle.

FWIW, Sarco is showing reproductions @ $29.95 each, Stock # RM61
I have an unissued Enfield mag and it works no better than my original. It feels like it's spring is weak. I may play with the feed lips on my original.
 

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I have NEVER had any luck with promag mags. I don't know how they stay in business...
 
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I had forgotten about Sarco's repro mags. Last time I checked on them they were out of stock. Thanks Willard, I just ordered one since they're back in stock and I'll give report on how well it works!
 

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Hockeybuckeye, there are several You-tube videos on this, just search "Tuning British Enfield Rifle Magazines.
I think, I first saw this in American Rifleman, many years ago, when I got my first #4 Mk 1, which was a Savage, that didn't have a magazine. This was back in the '80s, when surplus parts were still cheap, and widely available. I bought one that was virtually unissued from Numrich, but it didn't want to feed correctly. I found the article, and worked the magazine, until it functioned 100% of the time.
 

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I would hope that the feed issues with original Enfield mags is due to their age. I would cringe at the thought of going into combat with a gun that didn't feed reliably!
Since I never read any negativity about the Enfields in war I'm going with the age theory that springs weaken and feed lips bend over time.
 

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Hockeybuckeye, the S.M.L.E. in both basic configurations, the #1 Mk 3, and #4 Mk 1, were basically fed by stripper clips, as both models were in use at the same time, in WW2, as the stripper clips worked in either model.
As you have no doubt experienced, the magazine is not basically a "quick change" item. I'm not positive, but I believe each soldier was issued 3 magazines with the rifle, basically for battle damage replacement in the field. I think I've read that before, but can't substantiate it.
 

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Hockeybuckeye, the S.M.L.E. in both basic configurations, the #1 Mk 3, and #4 Mk 1, were basically fed by stripper clips, as both models were in use at the same time, in WW2, as the stripper clips worked in either model.
As you have no doubt experienced, the magazine is not basically a "quick change" item. I'm not positive, but I believe each soldier was issued 3 magazines with the rifle, basically for battle damage replacement in the field. I think I've read that before, but can't substantiate it.
Correct. The British philosophy was quite different from ours on weapons protocol. They felt, (unlike us that magazines were disposable) the magazine was an integral part of the gun and not to be needlessly discarded. Hence the lack of abundance when it comes to surplus Enfield mags.
There are differences between the 3 & 4 Enfield mags but I can't recall the specifics but they do load from the same stripper clips.
If you saw my Enfield project thread you'll see this will be my primary gun on my Texas hog hunt and I want it feeding reliably! And obviously I WON'T be using stripper clips. LOL!
 

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Got my new reproduction magazine from SARCO today. Don't know when I'll get a chance next to range test it.
This one is black parkerized. My one original is too worn to tell what it was originally treated with, my other original looks to be black paint.
 

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British philosophy was quite different from ours on weapons protocol
yea,brits are cheap bastids
 

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Got my new reproduction magazine from SARCO today. Don't know when I'll get a chance next to range test it.
This one is black parkerized. My one original is too worn to tell what it was originally treated with, my other original looks to be black paint.
You can check the mag at home for feed issues, no range time. Just make sure the cartridges load alternating with the upper round leading the lower one otherwise the rims will lock causing a FTF. Let us know how those Sarco mags work, I may jump on one for my 1918 No 1 MKIII.
 
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