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    No.5 slighlty loose forend

    I have a beautiful 1946 No.5 Mk1. made at BSA Shirley (Blued VS the painted look from fazackerly) and really in lovely condition. However the forend is a teeeny bit loose and I've figured out that the collar that goes around the main / king screw is slightly longer than it should be, so even when tightened fully down it doesn't clamp the wood perfectly as it should.

    Not sure if I should fire as is OR lightly reduce the length of the collar bit by bit so it all tightens up first. Any thoughts please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newcastle View Post
    Not sure if I should fire as is OR lightly reduce the length of the collar bit by bit so it all tightens up first. Any thoughts please?
    Peters instructions were to shorten it.

    Now for a little tip. The COLLAR. You MUST have a collar and spring washer. This is what WE used to do.

    Put the front trigger guard screw into the trigger guard and body WITHOUT the washer or collar. Reverse it (that’s anti-clockwise …..) until you hear it click over the start thread and tighten it BUT COUNT THE TURNS UNTIL IT TIGHTENS AND LOCKS. Say, that it’s 7 ¼ turns to lock.

    Now do this with the collar fitted if it’s now, say 6 ½ turns, shorten the collar, a smidgin at a time, until the screw tightens up at exactly 7 ¼ turns. That way, you KNOW that the screw is tight, the fore-end is tight between the trigger guard and the screw and you are not crushing the living daylights out of the fore-end. And if it feels a little loose in a years time, then you can safely turn a few thou off the collar.
    Mine are not the best, but they are not too bad. I can think of lots of Enfields I'd rather have but instead of constantly striving for more, sometimes it's good to be satisfied with what one has...

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    75+ years of drying out will do that to a piece of wood. Take it off and immerse in warm linseed oilicon for a few days? The forend that is!
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

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    Great information - not sure about soaking but I might apply some BLOicon to the wood - however, rifle does not appear to have the spring washer. I will have to wade through my boxes of Spare parts to see if any of them are this item. Anyone know what the correct term is that would be on a box of them? "Washer, spring, guard, trigger, screw" or something?


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