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    Posted: March 04 2017 at 6:38am
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I recently got my first Enfield and it's a 1952 Ishy No.1 Mk.III*. This rifle came with the square type nose caps that are on the .308 rifles. Is this normal? The numbers match the rest of the rifle. I put an original style nose cap on because I like those better but it is a tight fit around the muzzle. I have seen varying information on whether there should be a gap or if the top of muzzle should be pressed against the inside of the nose cap barrel hole. After disassembly and cleaning I took it out and didn't get the best accuracy out of it. This was with the replaced nose cap. Could a replaced nose cap affect accuracy?
 
Also, my Ishy didn't have the square faced buttstock bolt which protrudes into the stock. The stock didn't have a cutout for one either allowing me to removing the buttstock first if I want. Is this something seen on Ishy rifles?
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The squared off nose caps are unique to Ishapore rifles and are seen on the No 1 Mk III*'s and the 2A and 2A1 rifles. Not unusual at all. Yes, the nose cap does affect accuracy. The barrel should basically rest against the top of the nose cap and have a gap on the bottom of the hole. Finally, the butt stock bolts can vary with a newer style replacing the older style with the square at the end. Again, that is not unusual.
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Changing the nose cap will, as you found out, change the how the rifle shoots. Keeping the nose cap with the rifle was considered critical enough that the nose cap was marked on the bayonet boss with the rifle's serial number. It is matched to the rifle in a similar vein to that of the bolt, which was also numbered to the rifle.

How does it shoot with the old nose cap fitted?

Later Ishapore rifles used the old short style stock bolt without the square end. The problem of the butt stock bolt coming unscrewed and loosening was taken care of by simply putting a spring washer under the bolt head along with the plain washer. So yes, you can take the butt stock off without removing the forearm first, which can be handy!
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i once had one of these as well as the 2A & 2A1 but no longer do - all my research materials went with the rifles to a young collector along with the bayonets/slings/cleaning kit and such , but ...

to the best of my memory you have been given correct and useful info , enjoy your enfield - you will most likely get more if it works well for you , do report back your results we all l8ive vicariously here , 
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I have an Ishy and a thousand rounds of surplus pak, on the Ishy the firing pin strike is off center and won't ignite the primer.  the ammo shoots very well in my MK5 carbine.  Is there a way to center the firing pin?
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