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    Brass or steel, a decent supplier of...

    Brass or steel, a decent supplier of cabinet-makers fittings should have them in stock. Look for places that specialize in parts, fittings and finishing material for furniture restoration.
  2. The 1948 war, was fought with WW2 surplus on both...

    The 1948 war, was fought with WW2 surplus on both sides.

    Because of the "convoluted" politics at the time (and only the names have been changed to protect the guilty), it was a mash-up on the...
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    Phosphate with the lovely black paint over the...

    Phosphate with the lovely black paint over the grey finish.

    Any "factory" rebuild would have been conducted at the Lithgow factory, but any of the big "Base" workshops could and did do total...
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    Mausers seem to have been case-hardened, being...

    Mausers seem to have been case-hardened, being they were traditionally made from a straight Carbon steel. Lots of recipes, but packing them in a bed of carbon-bearing material; shredded leather, for...
  5. Has anyone hereabouts gauged the throat / leade...

    Has anyone hereabouts gauged the throat / leade in a 2A / 2A1 barrel?

    The simple expedient of extending the freebore will reduce the peak pressure and the slightly flatten the overall pressure...
  6. Also bear in mind that these rifles were...

    Also bear in mind that these rifles were intended, not for front-line troops but as "ammo-compatible" weapons much further back in the food chain..

    Being in 7.62 NATO (ish), the activities of the...
  7. Thanks, everybody. It's always educational to...

    Thanks, everybody.

    It's always educational to drop by here.
  8. Thread: Accuracy

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    And ALWAYS remember than from about 1912 onward,...

    And ALWAYS remember than from about 1912 onward, SMLEs were TUNED to Cordite-fueled Mk Vll ball and nothing else, because that was the "ammo du jour" for the next half century.

    Not Mk VlllZ, not...
  9. 6.5 x 52 Carcano Guard / Anti-riot cartridge

    Just found two of these in a box of "Mystery" ammo from the clearance of a family deceased estate. The owner demised almost a decade ago and his widow and offspring finally got to the bottom of a box...
  10. Thread: Accuracy

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    Is the trigger-guard firmly retaining the...

    Is the trigger-guard firmly retaining the fore-end? Are the "draws" that mate with the sear-lug blocks mating symmetrically and fully?

    The trick with these beasties is that the fore-end bedding is...
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    Wolf! Check your Personal messages!

    Wolf!

    Check your Personal messages!
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    I have one of the steel "interface" plates on the...

    I have one of the steel "interface" plates on the desk in front of me. I suspect it came off a "Hornet", because a previous owner has ground some "extra clearance" for the special "external" ejector...
  13. Thread: Barrels

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    Criterion? Buy local?

    Criterion?

    Buy local?
  14. The magazines in ALL of these are set up for Mk 7...

    The magazines in ALL of these are set up for Mk 7 ammo with its 174gn, base-heavy ball projectile.

    Attempting to run a bullet that is somewhat shorter may result in disappointment, because the...
  15. Thread: L42A1

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    Is this the original barrel or a replacement from...

    Is this the original barrel or a replacement from another rifle / brand-new stock?

    Does the extractor relief cut in the rear of the barrel tenon line up correctly with the body when torqued up?
    ...
  16. Thread: Barrels

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    ".229 pilot"???? .299" probably makes more...

    ".229 pilot"????
    .299" probably makes more sense.

    Back to typing class for me!
  17. Thread: Barrels

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    Forgot one more detail: The Breech thread on a...

    Forgot one more detail:

    The Breech thread on a No1 is NOT Whitworth, UNF or anything else "standard".

    14 TPI; nothing too odd about that, BUT the thread form (profile) is pure Enfield Special....
  18. Thread: Barrels

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    "Original , NIB "standard" barrels are rarer than...

    "Original , NIB "standard" barrels are rarer than hen's teeth. There were some "in the grease (and original crate)". Ishapore No 1 Mk 3 barrels floating around twenty years ago; never bought one but...
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    Just a point: The big, 1/4" diameter,...

    Just a point:

    The big, 1/4" diameter, copper-cupped primers in much .303 ammo are MERCURIC FULMINATE based and, of course loaded with a lot of Chlorate salts to ensure the flash penetrates the...
  20. Lyman and Hornady, for starters, also offer...

    Lyman and Hornady, for starters, also offer replacement decapping spindles with Tungsten Carbide expanders on them. These are usually supplied with two different lock-nut set-ups to suit the two...
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    The original J5550 carbines have some interesting...

    The original J5550 carbines have some interesting features, and some "design flaws.

    The wrist of the stock is incredibly "thin" where the cut-away stump of receiver ferrule fits. To my mind, they...
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    As for "zeroing": When I learned to shoot No1...

    As for "zeroing":

    When I learned to shoot No1 Mk lll rifles courtesy of the RAAF, there was a specific "drill" on the range:

    "Two "warming" shots into the backstop, SOMETIMES two "sighters"...
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    Was that an Ishapore "shark gun". Definitely...

    Was that an Ishapore "shark gun".

    Definitely needs TLC!

    Careful "shaving" away of all the rotten bits from the "inside" will remove the least amount of the "show" timber. then comes the fun of...
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    That "magical load" as the classic Mk Vll ball...

    That "magical load" as the classic Mk Vll ball ammo.

    They developed the round using heavy mechanical test rigs with ultra-stiff barrels then tuned the rifle mechanics to deliver those tricky...
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    "I've replaced a few twisted examples for friends...

    "I've replaced a few twisted examples for friends over the years and had to replace my example when it cracked laterally along the barrel ledge, on closer inspection it was splitting along a fault in...
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