Most Accuracy Problems are caused by poor fitting Fore-Ends which can normally be rectified.
We Can Undertake Most Repairs On All Types of Lee Enfield Rifles From Early Lee Metfords to the L42A1
We only use traditional methods & materials
From General Servicing to a Full Restoration
Stock Repairs & Bedding Problems
Re-barrelling - Orignal Barrels (When Available) We Also use Lothar & Criterion Barrels
Rifles Built to Order
Wood Work Stripped & Traditionally Stained so that All Parts Have an Even Colour Match
We have a large array of original British Military Lee Enfield Gauges & Specialist Tools & Many I have designed myself
The Lee Enfield Thread Form prior to the No4 (ie the
SMLE & Long Lee's) are non standard, the No4 is mostly BA threads.
Also for the Parker Hale Eye Piece & Cleaning Rods
The purpose of bedding is to control the vibratory effect
of the barrel when fired and to ensure it is consistent between shots
The No4 Fore-End has 6 main bearing surfaces that need to contact with the barrel & action at the correct pressure when being set up.
I always start with the draws that need to be fitted
correctly which push the for-end up against the butt socket.
New Draws being fitted to a SMLE, using Lamp Black to acheive the correct fit.
Lee Enfield No4 - Main Bearing Points
The .303 Bore Size
The Bore Diameter is Gauged When New at .303" Accept & .305" Reject
The 1957 REME Inspection Standards "Application of Gauges & Examination of Small Arms & Machine Guns" - Base Workshops
Armourers Plug Gauge 0.307" Must Not Enter The Muzzle more than a 0.250"
Unit Standards the 0.308" Gauge Must Not Enter The Muzzle more than a 0.250", the 0.307" Must not pass through the barrel
This is taken from the WW2 REME Armourers Instructions:
This Is One Of The Several Sets Of Plug Gauges; We Use To Gauge Barrel Wear
Conversion of No4 Mk1 Fore-Ends to No4 Mk2 Pattern
Depending on the Fore-End we would use Walnut, Beech or Birch Inserts
Armourers Work Bench - Lee Metfords
Armourers Instuctions Schematic - Lee Metford MkII
Armourers Instuctions Schematic - Lee Enfield No7 Mk1
Armourers Schematic - Skeleton Action SMLE
The Armourers Shop behind the Canadian lines at Vimy Ridge. May, 1917.
Lee Enfield Battlefield Pick Ups
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