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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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    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...
  15. 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...
  19. 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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