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    Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII Jungle Carbine. HOLE in barrel! Is it safe to shoot? (Help)

    I picked up a Lee-Enfield online; took off the hand guard; and found a hole with some sort of milled part on the top of the barrel. I'm thinking this is just where the rear sight base was when this rifle was a complete No.1 before Santa Fe refurbished it. So is this rifle safe to shoot? If not, what can i do to make it safe to fire?

    -Thanks, Dillon

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    The hole is for the pin that holds the original rear sight sleeve in position - if all else is well it should be safe to shoot. It is hidden by the Santa Fe handguard so it won't affect the outward appearance of your rifle.

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    Agreed. Cross pins are a common enough way to hole a sight on and doesn't affect the strength of the steel.
    Regards, Jim

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    I know that I'll be the odd man out here. I accept that I've never seen a No1 barrel burst or crack etc etc across the the cross pin but.......... It IS a weak point in that it is weaker that the remainder of the barrel. The rearsight bed reinforces that weakened point. and if it were me, I would leave the ring of steel that formed part of the old backsight bed in place. That's just the engineering physics in me telling me something. The strength of a tube is in its cylindrical form

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    Iím curious about your flash hider, does it look like a number 5 flash hider repurposed or is it the cast knock off with clear cast lines in it. Iíve seen both on Santa Fe rebuilds. The cast knock off did not impress me.

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    What an 'orrible thing to do to a 1918 BSA SMLE......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    It IS a weak point in that it is weaker that the remainder of the barrel. The rearsight bed reinforces that weakened point. and if it were me, I would leave the ring of steel that formed part of the old backsight bed in place. That's just the engineering physics in me telling me something.
    Yes, I'd also agree with the engineering theory here. I'd have blinded a pin off in there, cleaned it off so the hole would be gone and a screw in the other hole cut and made flush too. Cold blue and then we don't have anything to discuss...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by P246 View Post
    I’m curious about your flash hider, does it look like a number 5 flash hider repurposed or is it the cast knock off with clear cast lines in it. I’ve seen both on Santa Fe rebuilds. The cast knock off did not impress me.
    It is a flash hider from a No.5 and seems like its been re-blued

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    So im guessing that to reinforce that weak point in the barrel i should put some sort of pin in there to give it a basic standard strength as a normal No.1 barrel.

    Thank you all for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadLock3003 View Post
    that weak point
    It's NOT a weak point. There's NO danger, just a technical thing. I was speaking about cosmetics and would do those things. Peter is speaking from the engineering viewpoint, not as it's a danger.

    That flash hider would be worth more than the whole other assembly then. Put on and FN FH and sell the JC hider...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    It's NOT a weak point. There's NO danger, just a technical thing. I was speaking about cosmetics and would do those things. Peter is speaking from the engineering viewpoint, not as it's a danger.

    That flash hider would be worth more than the whole other assembly then. Put on and FN FH and sell the JC hider...
    Oh, well im glad to hear that its safe. Thank you for the help browning but I would never sell any of my vintage guns or any part of them, I even give my rifles a name.

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