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  1. hank you. That's kinda what I had in mind. JIC rifle capable of putting a lot of harm downrange if necessary. I'm going to call her Betty, but only if she shoots straight. I will find out soon. In the meantime I've got her an expensive leather. Made in Canada, so $50 CAD. It look classy now

    Just a touch of the orange nail polish on the front sight and we are all set...

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  2. The only thing that I did performance wise is this. Whoever put the front sling swivel in, decided to do it at the weakest point of the forend, where the lightening cuts were made. I was afraid that upon impact on the swivel the forend may simply crack and the swivel will pop out. So, I poured some epoxy into the lightening cuts and reinforced the weak points securing swivel in place at the same time. Gasket cork got glued up front as I'm reading everywhere that the free floated Lee Enfield is just not that accurate and that piece of cork should be up front to support the barrel and improve its harmonics. I guess time will tell if that's true :) You can also see why the forend was so wiggly - that whitish stuff is my attempt of filling out the forend ring cut that created excessive space and the action was sitting loose in the wood. Not any longer...I may paint the front post in orange, but that's about it. She's ready :)

     

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  3. She was sitting ready for sale for over a year I believe. Nobody wanted it. Price was coming down, every 2-3 months, yet there were no buyers. Metal finish was even, but covered with shallow, surface rust. Forend was loose and wiggly, same with the buttstock. Wood was covered with scars and the finish was spotty. It could not be restored to military configuration, because someone, long time ago cut the barrel in front of the bayonet lug. So...no love from the buyers. The only thing going for this, ugly girl was the excellent bore and bolt head stamped with  number 1 (Lee Enfield No4 rifles all have the bolt heads stamped with numbers 0-3 indicating the head space size...0 brand new, 3 shot a lot...and you can change them as your rifle is getting older). I wasn't sure if buying would be a good idea, but I was after a designated iron sights rifle. 10 rounds magazine and ability to top up with the stripper clips is always a plus for me. So I made the offer and brought her home for $200 CAD ($150 US).

    Took it right away to the gunsmith who checked the head space and said it's excellent. So...

    over the last couple of months I've spent some time taking it completely apart, removing the old finish, bathing it in the rust removal fluid, refinishing with the high heat BBQ paint, fitting the wood and making it completely weather proof (sanding and staining the wood, soaking it with the pure tung oil, drying it for a couple of weeks, then covering the wood with probably 15 coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish (sanding it down after each coat, so in the end the finish is in the wood and not on it). I sanded the brass and left it overnight sitting over the vinegar & salt mix to age it nicely. Then spray painted the butt plate with couple of coats of the transparent, protective finish. There is no more wiggling with the wood. It's tight and the barrel is free floated (will experiment with the groups as I was told I may need to put a piece of cork under the barrel to improve the harmonics). So, here she is, ready to live again. Not the prettiest of the girls, but perfectly capable. Factory refurbished in 1945, decommissioned in 1950 I believe. Back to live in 2020. High quality steel everywhere. Slick and fast action. Not too bad for $150 US I guess. I just got the leather sling for it. .303 ammo is available nearly anywhere here BTW.

     

    Some of the pictures from the bench made couple of months back.

     

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    Cheers!

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  4. Love those ex military rifles. Had some, but sold most of them. Usually forced by the circumstances. Life. I still have the minty Mosin Nagant. I invested a lot of love, time and knowledge into the rifle. I would like to believe that now it's the way it was supposed to be. No rough surfaces where it counts. This thing is now as smooth as a well manufactured Mauser. Never malfunctioned on me. Whoever tries this thing...is like...wow! I think I love this boomstick a lot. Made in 1943 when the battle of Stalingrad raged. I want to think that this rifle put down a Nazi or two. I want No4 Mk1 now. Minty preferably.

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  5. 15 hours ago, Historian said:

    Something like this?

    File:Józefów PL - Świdermajer house at corner of Ejsmonda and Wyszyńskiego  street 2012.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

    Yes. All these homes were built just South East of Warsaw in the forested areas known for its healthy micro climate. Style was nearly forgotten till about 25 years ago when it became popular again with the local home builders. They all had verandas covered in glass, so even during the winter months one could just chill out and enjoy living in the forest. Very elegant architecture IMO. Thanks.

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  6. 3 hours ago, pipedreams said:

    We will never know if this true or not but it may be why Trump said what he did.

    "Israel targeted a Hezbollah weapons depot at the port and planned to destroy it with an explosive device.  Tragically, Israeli intelligence did not perform due diligence on their target.  Thus they did not know (or if they did know, they didn’t care) that there were 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a next door warehouse.  The explosion at the arms depot ignited the next door warehouse, causing the catastrophe that resulted."

    https://israelpalestinenews.org/breaking-israel-bombed-beirut-silverstein/

    I can see that happening. As usual, the regular folks going about their own lives paid the highest price.

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  7. I've seen the post in which he was mentioned on FB with some pictures. That's why I am here. I've always enjoyed interacting with Bill, we exchanged some letters and packages. He is one of the coolest members of the old gang on GT. I'm sending my prayers and thoughts his way. Hang in there Bill. Hang in there Eric.

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  8. I really don't care about the politics behind the masks or one's believes about them. Do what you want, all day long, but If you are not wearing one...don't even come close to me. I'm going to contract the virus sooner or later anyway, because of the work. I would prefer though to enjoy the summer for as long as possible. Your freedom is important to me. It really is....but not at the cost of my (and my family) health or even life.

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  9. There is no justice. God is my only hope. I'm so tired of the evil pretending to be an angel. If someone really close to my heart will ever become a victim of a serious crime... I know exactly what will happen. You won't see more posts from me. Perhaps because I am a part of the justice system each and every day. I've seen it all. Literally.

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  10. Polymer trigger group is actually more durable than the aluminum one. Express has the same receiver as Wingmaster. Just less time and money spent on finish. Same barrel. Different finish. Same amount of the MIM parts those days. Perhaps with the exception of the extractor. Lower grade of wood. Each new 870 will require chamber to be polished. I used to be a 870 fanatic. Not any longer. In fact I had better luck with Mossberg lately and now that's all I own (12 gauge pump anyway).

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  11. The memory card in our camera has a very little space (it's like 12 years old now)...so it was all reserved for my Daugther's graduation ceremony...and I have no "before" pictures. It looked quite terrible honestly. Here are some shots from the basement.

    The bore

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    Receiver with all the small parts removed (except for the trigger group) for painting

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    Wood (second coat of oil) lot of sanding before that...

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    I've got myself a spare, complete bolt with the bolt head #2 for $35 US and some small parts...just in case.

    Total investment is like $250 US right now.

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  12. I was always intrigued by the idea of a beater that can take on any task, but didn't came across anything cheap enough (and in good condition) to take a bite.

    Disclaimer: I don't have a truck yet...but maybe I will buy one in the future (tight budget nowadays).

    I was thinking about something with a bit of a punch. Like 30-06 or 308. Bolt action with the iron sights fed via the stripper clip option or the 4-5 round magazine. VERY inexpensive. Literally I've seen nothing like that for years that would fit this description (except Mosins maybe). Usually that kind of stuff costs hundreds of dollars. Even the milsurplus rifles became so expensive that I can't afford most of them those days. However I came across this ugly duckling that nobody wanted to buy. Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 sporter with the cut down barrel (just in front of the front sight post).

    Flaking wood. Forend wiggling sideways. Butt stock loose with the brass plate that was misfit to the wood. Surface rust with two light pitting spots, despite overall decent finish. No wonder there were o takers...

    However the bore was excellent. The bolt head was stamped with number 1 (lot of life left there). The iron sights were better than on most of the modern rifles and it's .303

    It is a hard hitting round and the magazine takes 10 with the stripper clip feeding option.

    I paid under $200 US for this thing. Gunsmith verified the head space as excellent....so.

    I removed the rusty finish and started working on the wood. As I found out the forend was wiggly because nobody felt like filling the cut made for the rear stock band. The butt stock was dry and dancing all over the receiver's socket. This is being addressed as I'm writing it. No more rust anywhere and it will be painted with the BBQ heat resistant black, flat paint. It looks kinda promising...

    More to come.

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