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    A couple of "issues" here; The original No4...

    A couple of "issues" here;

    The original No4 bedding was done to tune the rifle to Cordite-fueled Mk Vll ball, not Mk8z

    Is the barrel a standard, unmodified No4 barrel?

    Is the "new" fore-end...
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    AAArrrrghhh.... "SWEETS", mateys!!

    AAArrrrghhh....

    "SWEETS", mateys!!
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    I've sprinkled a fair bit of "decomposing" or...

    I've sprinkled a fair bit of "decomposing" or "mystery" powders on the garden over the years. If you think it is expensive stuff in the US of A, it's downright scary over here in Oz, Still better to...
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    Or, you could just contact Pierre. By the way,...

    Or, you could just contact Pierre.

    By the way, Pierre, I know Montana is big, but how did you "lose" that prairie?
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    Most serious cities will have proper optical...

    Most serious cities will have proper optical technicians who work om industrial and laboratory optics all the time. Do a search for "optical repairs" and similar and you never know what may turn up. ...
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    The old "bent striker in the SMLE trick". That...

    The old "bent striker in the SMLE trick". That will certainly cause mischief.

    Also remember that thread on the tail of the striker is there to stop it escaping. The precision-ground parallel...
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    Regarding the "stoning" of the two ribs on the...

    Regarding the "stoning" of the two ribs on the trigger: What I was taught was that it was to be more of a "polish" than a "grind". The trick is to carefully improve the surface grade without...
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    One other thing: I understand that the...

    One other thing:

    I understand that the "geometry" of the trigger system did NOT change with the adoption of the No4. I have fitted No1 (groovy) triggers to No4s and they work fine. If you lay a No...
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    Quite a bit on these triggers has been posted in...

    Quite a bit on these triggers has been posted in various threads and in formal articles like the many by Peter Laidler.

    EVERY part of the system has to be in good condition; not "modified,...
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    In the days when these were being designed and...

    In the days when these were being designed and made, the WEAKEST "link" was the ammo.

    Note all the attention to designing in "safe" venting of nasty hot gases and brass fragments built into them...
  11. DHC Caribou, according to an old ex-RAAF friend:...

    DHC Caribou, according to an old ex-RAAF friend: "Ten thousand rivets flying in close formation".

    Got to be a passenger in them a few times; their reputation for STOL performance is well deserved....
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    There used to be a LOT of these floating around...

    There used to be a LOT of these floating around in Australia; I even had one.

    Allegedly made from original 7 x 57 carbines. I was given to understand that they were re-bored and re-chambered for...
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    Looking at the third photo you posted; the one...

    Looking at the third photo you posted; the one showing the underside of the bolt-head, maybe your gun-plumber meant "lip" not "clip". Unless the bolt-head is retained in the "groove" along the right...
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    The safety stud in the cam-track area of the bolt...

    The safety stud in the cam-track area of the bolt body looks a bid odd, "texture-wise". If that stud or its mate on the cocking piece are "missing or significantly damage, there is a major safety...
  15. LE / SMLE strikers have a different thread from...

    LE / SMLE strikers have a different thread from No4 strikers: 1/4 x 30 TPI (Enfield Special) vs 26 TPI (1/4" BSF) on the No4.

    LE strikers are also longer because of the greater length of the...
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    First (only?) edition of Ian Skennerton's...

    First (only?) edition of Ian Skennerton's "Australian Service Longarms"; signed and numbered. Bought when first released, No idea what they sell for these days. Over the years I have bought most of...
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    The P-14 was built on the design of the P-13,...

    The P-14 was built on the design of the P-13, which, in turn, was built around the outrageous .276 Enfield cartridge. That cartridge was a Cordite-fueled, rimless, almost equivalent of the 7mm Rem...
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    Bear also in mind that 1n 1903, the standard ball...

    Bear also in mind that 1n 1903, the standard ball ammo was Mk Vl and the experts spent a LOT of effort on weird barrel lapping regimes to try to get the muzzle velocity from the shorter SMLE back up...
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    Remember that the "SMLE" was adopted with the...

    Remember that the "SMLE" was adopted with the Patt, '03 bayonet; i.e., a re-jigged Patt '88 bayonet. Thus the "assembly" was shorter than the L.E rifle with Patt '88 attached.

    This was deemed...
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    Thanks for that!

    Thanks for that!
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    Step away from teh Arisakas! If yours have a...

    Step away from teh Arisakas!

    If yours have a "reddish hue", and are in overall "excellent" condition, with the timber slightly rough, they are likely as "original" as you will get.

    The Japanese...
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    Portuguese 7.92 x 57 ammo matters.

    I have just been given a bag of 7.92 x 57 ammo; about 150 rounds.

    It is a bit "grubby" but not corroded. By the marks on the cases, it has been stripped out of MG 34 / 42-type belts.

    Headstamp...
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    As for the "red" colour: I recall that the...

    As for the "red" colour:

    I recall that the Japanese treated the timber with Potassium Permanganate as a mould / rot inhibitor. Creosote works but it has a rather distinctive smell and is a nasty...
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    The cartridges are supposed to be used to dispose...

    The cartridges are supposed to be used to dispose of the cats. (eg. 22-250 Ackley Improved,w. 60gn Hornady HP). Did "Felix" do a "pre-emptive Karma" thing?
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    If your K-31 barrel is shabby and you cannot find...

    If your K-31 barrel is shabby and you cannot find a NOS replacement, any good gun-plumber could run up a replacement in blued or stainless. I might cost more than a whole new K-31, but them's the...
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