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  1. The potential problems are from things you can't...

    The potential problems are from things you can't see, cannot simply assume, and will not discover until there is a failure: poor raw material, and ersatz or improper or substandard heat treatment. ...
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    What Warren advised in post #8 above, but to...

    What Warren advised in post #8 above, but to repeat and emphasize: don't forget the oil! It will aid greatly in blending the more-treated areas from the untouched or less-treated.

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    It's pretty obvious that the bolt face for .303...

    It's pretty obvious that the bolt face for .303 would be different, as well as the extractor. Possibly the feeding flute in left side of the bolt might also be a different shape to accommodate the...
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    The missing page in this story is whether your...

    The missing page in this story is whether your rifle has been rebarreled, and if so, whether the job was correctly done. New M1 barrels generally are short-chambered with the expectation that they...
  5. The major influence of the Sterling on the Star...

    The major influence of the Sterling on the Star Z70/B (and the earlier Z62 and Z63) was the innovation of furnace brazing to fabricate the receiver. Clearly there are a few other striking...
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    He's been told to find a specific serial...

    He's been told to find a specific serial number... but they've been lined up purely at random.

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    I found that to be true also. My Mark 1 rifle...

    I found that to be true also. My Mark 1 rifle feeds quite well. I suspect that at least some of the problem that led to the Mark 1* modification was the product of dimensional irregularities of WWI...
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    The breech face of the Mark 1 barrel is what...

    The breech face of the Mark 1 barrel is what blocks installation of a Mark 1* bolt. The receivers are the same. A Mark 1 bolt can be installed in a Mark 1* rifle and a Mark 1* bolt can be shortened...
  9. Thread: sterling

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    Not if one bores the hole first, then removes the...

    Not if one bores the hole first, then removes the excess wood...

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    The late Roy Dunlap had "been there and done...

    The late Roy Dunlap had "been there and done that" in WWII, and his comments on the frailties of the BAR rate-of-fire/buffer assembly are instructive. Bellville washers are great in theory, less so...
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    This is a good question. Complete parts...

    This is a good question. Complete parts interchangeability was never achieved between P'14 rifles of different makes, which complicated front-line maintenance. This is a serious concern because...
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    What else is there to say after Peter Laidler's...

    What else is there to say after Peter Laidler's tour de force?

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    Clearly the round is stubbing while trying to...

    Clearly the round is stubbing while trying to feed. Are you positive that the mag is correctly loaded (i.e., each cartridge rim ahead of the one below)?
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    Yup, all those things. In addition, maybe just...

    Yup, all those things.

    In addition, maybe just weak ammo or not enough gas.

    M
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    Of interest perhaps only to shooters: a...

    Of interest perhaps only to shooters: a little-noticed fact about the "scant" stocks is that critical dimensions --drop at the comb and heel-- are the same as the "C" stock. The straight-grip "S"...
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    I'm guessing it was sometime around 1949-50, soon...

    I'm guessing it was sometime around 1949-50, soon after Harry Truman announced that the U.S. would take over from Great Britain providing military assistance to Greece. By the 1960s they were...
  17. Thread: Haiti

    by MGMike
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    Several thousand of those M1s --probably most of...

    Several thousand of those M1s --probably most of those in Haiti--were stored in the basement of the Presidential Palace in the late 1980s. I saw them there. They came predominantly from two...
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    In the FWIW Department: After being...

    In the FWIW Department:

    After being repatriated to the U.S., many of the NZ 1903 Springfields were thereafter supplied as Military Assistance Program material to Greece, along with other M1903s...
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    One (s/n not noted by me) turned up about 5 years...

    One (s/n not noted by me) turned up about 5 years ago at the big Dulles gun show at Chantilly, VA. Its appearance was a bit shrouded, though it was apparently being offered for sale. The details of...
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    If you are unable to close up the headspace...

    If you are unable to close up the headspace acceptably with the bolt heads on hand --and you've examined the receiver locking buttresses and are satisfied the receiver's not damaged from setback--...
  21. Not all Sedgely USMC-marked '03 barrels were...

    Not all Sedgely USMC-marked '03 barrels were demilled. Thousands were sent to foreign allies who had received '03 rifles as military assistance; these were used as spares when the rifles were...
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    The one on the left appears to be German; it is...

    The one on the left appears to be German; it is dated "(unreadable) 41". That is the month and year of manufacture. Some will also have a maker's stamp there. Earlier belts will have links made of...
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    The other end would be a clue... M

    The other end would be a clue...

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    The magazine is definitely Swedish, not Egyptian....

    The magazine is definitely Swedish, not Egyptian. The Crown-C on the spine is an inspector's or acceptance stamp denoting the Carl Gustafs rifle factory in Sweden. The same stamp appears on the gun...
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    Fire the gun dry for 30 rounds. Then take it...

    Fire the gun dry for 30 rounds. Then take it apart and look for all the bright spots. Lubricate them.

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