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    Posted: November 01 2017 at 3:31pm
I have an Australian 1916 SMLE* that I've had for many years. I had it rebarreled with a vintage South African marked barrel sealed new in wax. The gunsmith was supposedly reputable. But I wanted to verify so I bought a Forester field guage. The bolt closed easily. WTF? I did a slow burn then went web crawling to see what my options were. In a thread here I read here that the Forster guages were not to milspec standard. Now thinking about getting Okie. I sort of want to sandbag and remote fire the rifle to see what the spent brass looks like. Please advise.
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Headspace, particularly with a U.S SAAMI spec gauge is more a reloaders issue than one for shooters.Do you have a set of automotive feeler gauges?

If so you can bodge a correction to the Forester field gauge. Just trim down a 0.004" feeler & insert on the rear of the gauge for an 0.074" headspace check.
Its a bodge, but if it makes you feel more confident go for it. Then but a set of the Okies with the correct dimensions & see if you can return the others.

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As a matter of fact I do, thanks for the tip. I will post my findings.
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It would not close! Good to go! Now off to the range to fire it remotely.
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