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    Posted: October 25 2015 at 3:40pm
Back in 1983, when I was 14, I inherited this Lee Enfield from my Great Great Uncle. Someone sporterized the stock but left the rest untouched. I got some ammunition for it, shot it a few times and put it away. About a year later my brother asked if he could shoot it. When he went to check the bore it looked obstructed. He said I probably shot corrosive ammo through it and the barrel was ruined. I put the gun back away and didn't touch it until a couple weeks ago. I ended working on cleaning it up and decided to see what was wrong with it. I pushed an old jag and rod through the crud. To my surprise it wasn't rust that came out, it was dirt. I pushed a glob of dirt with a cocoon like thing out of the barrel. Whatever it was made a nest in it! LOL Long story short after some elbow grease it came out shiny and clean and no pits were visible at all. I took it to my gunsmith buddy and he checked the headspace. It is right at .004 over. He said shoot it! I was so excited that the barrel was not ruined! I bought some Prvi Partisan 180 SP's for it from Midway. They drop in the chamber and the bullets muzzle check about two thirds in. I also acquired some Igman 180 FMJ's. They drop in as well but muzzle check about three quarters of the way in. I can't wait to shoot it! These rifles are AWESOME! I just wish I would have inspected it a long time ago. I could have been enjoying it for the past 30 years! SmileSmileSmile
 
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I had got 3 barreled actions that were full of dirt , it looked like they had sat in a closet for a long time before the guy I got them from traded them to me !!!
I was worried like you when I looked down them they looked bad, but when the first patch came out covered with dusty ghost turds I was a bit relieved .....
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Is there anything stamped on the I.D. disk?
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Originally posted by White Rhino White Rhino wrote:

I had got 3 barreled actions that were full of dirt , it looked like they had sat in a closet for a long time before the guy I got them from traded them to me !!!
I was worried like you when I looked down them they looked bad, but when the first patch came out covered with dusty ghost turds I was a bit relieved .....
 
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Dusty ghost turds? Now there is a term I haven't heard before! NICE rifle, BMP!
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Is there anything stamped on the I.D. disk?
 
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Thanks Canuck!
 
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Nice looking rifle! I've been there before on the ghost turds!...lol.. What is stamped on the right side of the wrist, under the bolt handle? I am curious on the year and manufacturer, especially since it had an early style cocking piece on the bolt.
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Hey bear I posted one above your post. It's kind of fuzzy. It looks like it is a SHT LE????
 
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The bolt says 1476 on it.
 
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Probably a mud dauber wasp had nested in there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_dauber
They love little tight tubes.
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Although cut down, these old L-Enfields still look attractive to me!
 
Very pleased the bore is good!
I once bought a Kar '98 at auction. looked good on the outside but we couldn't see through the barrel.
Got it for $50. 00 on spec.
Turned out it was a small roll of tissue paper in the bore just in front of the chamber, and the bore was As New! Not a mark in it , just perfect!
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..my "Vimy Vet" was much the same. Stuffed up with bits of old oily rags & stuffed into the barn.
Porcupine - or something - got into the barn @ some point & chewed the wood poles on the Nazi general's flags my x-fianc├ęs father had put in there, along with all the old rifles her grandfather had.(Guess the mice made homes out of the flags.)
It was a miracle that the critter didn't chew - up the Enfield, too.
When I finally got the thing unstuffed, it turned out to be a beauty!!
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

Probably a mud dauber wasp had nested in there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mud_dauber
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Those Dirt Daubers are bad here !!!  Left some work gloves laying out in the shop !!  went to put them on, they had a dirt dauber nest in each ringer !!!!
My Mother and the kids decided it would be nice to clean the wood shop for me one time , when they finished they had filled 4, 5 gal. buckets with dirt dauber nests and spider webs !!!!
Now its just as bad as it was then !!!  guess thats the price you pay to live out in the swamp like I do !!!
If Im not knocking dirt dauber nests of things, Im getting stung by the red wasps, or transferring a snake or an Alligator on down the road ... or fighting with a racoon or possum for control of my barn and shop !!!!!  oh cant leave out the Armadillos !!!! they destroy a yard in no time !!
As for the Foxes , Coyotes, and other critters. they only take all the chickens and other fowl , they leave ya alone after that !!! until you get more !!!!
Good thing the Black bears that live around me have not decided that my place is a grocery store !!!
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