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    Posted: November 24 2019 at 12:26am
Hi guys,
I just broke the ejector spring of my Longbranch right before leaving for the range...:(
I wanted to check how some of my old cases were entering the chamber and it broke, bugger!!
By chance I found a ejector set on ebay and bought it while, at the same time, some old fellow I just met for the first time here in Blenheim - who, by the way showed his collection of Lee Enfields, including some unfired ones (I'm still drooling) - called to tell me that he found one spring for my No4, which is very nice from him
I had a look at videos about how easy/difficult it is to replace them and I'm not convinced it will be a piece of cake....am I right??
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I don't recall any real problem with the extractor spring, Phil.
Some say it's a sod, but the ones I did didn't put up much of a fight.
I bought a bag of ten springs a long time ago and still have plenty.  
No 4 and earlier springs are different though.
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Agree, it’s quite easy to replace.  I have done it by removing the extractor screw and pushing the spring out with a small flathead screwdriver from the front of the bolt head, reverse to install.  
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You should take a close look at the back of the bolt head to observe the hole at which the bend of the spring emerges.It’s very easy to feed the bend into the wrong hole.
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You don't need to remove the screw.
Poke or wiggle out all the broken bits so the "tunnel' is clear.
Lay out the spring correctly oriented.
wrap 2 turns of strong fishing line,or dental floss passing through the "U" of the spring & out he back of the bolt head.
Wrap a couple of turns round a pencil, dowel, or screwdriver blade.
snug it all up
PULL HARD!
the spring should just "pop" into position.
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Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

You don't need to remove the screw.
Poke or wiggle out all the broken bits so the "tunnel' is clear.
Lay out the spring correctly oriented.
wrap 2 turns of strong fishing line,or dental floss passing through the "U" of the spring & out he back of the bolt head.
Wrap a couple of turns round a pencil, dowel, or screwdriver blade.
snug it all up
PULL HARD!
the spring should just "pop" into position.
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Excellent!!!
Good tip Shamu......at least sounds good to me.
I'll try that Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Canuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 25 2019 at 7:22am
Shamu's method works the best. I myself have used that method many times. If anybody needs a new ejector spring....well, I have hundreds of them.
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Originally posted by Canuck Canuck wrote:

.... If anybody needs a new ejector spring....well, I have hundreds of them.
Hi Canuck,
I'm very tempted to get 2-3 spare ones from you for my No4Mk1*, if that's the model you have??
What would you ask for that and would you ship them at my cost to NZ??
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