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    Posted: May 03 2016 at 4:18pm
i started another thread with these first few posts in it, but that was figuring out what i had and it involved other stuff to0, so for the working on the LEC, i wanted to make a new thread, there was LOADS of GREAT info that was from the other thread so ill post a link, and re-post all the pics again in this thread though.

http://www.enfield-rifles.com/free-enfields-cost-the-most_topic8007.html

so i ended up getting 2 "303's" for free, ohhhh so vary rusted, the guy who i work with gave them to me he said " they are no good, and I was going to throw them in a lake" see below pics. one rifle is a 1940 Lithgow NO1MK3* i haven't really touched that other then remove the bolt and soak it in a penetrating fluid. i did take the front stock off and put it on my .22 trainer i have. its 19" long opposed to the 16" glossy front stock that was on it

and the other rifle i ended up with is a 1898 Cavalry Carbine MK1, again very ruined, some would have though definitely no good for anything but a wall hanger.

i since have gotten the bolt out, disassembled and cleaned up, the front stock is off, the trigger guard and old scope mount, witch i plan on filling and covering up.

loads of help from Englishman_ca on this so far, i must thank him for the info and effort he has put forth in helping me restore this and even figure out how it should have looked when new.















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you have some interesting projects - i never see these where i am , a huge challenge but what this world is a;; about - ask englishman .........he knows 
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Holy Snappin Sheep Dip!!
You must have access to some pretty advanced equipment..Looks like you 2 sure know what your doin.
I love the progress your making!
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You are making some amazing progress! Excellent job!
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thanks guys. im excited for the progress too and am pleased with how it is going. after i get the barrel, nose cap, rear sight and wood it will be going on.  soon. working out a few trades to get those parts.
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so i made a receiver wrench real quick at work, it looks like crap and took maybe 15 minutes but it worked for what i needed it too.

i now have the barrel off the receiver, although i cant get the butt stock for the life of me but thats another story. i do plan on using that butt stock and sanding it thinner and fit the carbine butt plate, it doesnt have the safety cutout in the wood is why im picking it over a no1 butt stock


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I wish I had your skills and tool availability... Geez! Thumbs Up
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A cut down rifle barrel is on the way to Evan as I type to use as a blank. It will be taper turned to suit.


I have made a start on the woodwork.


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thats awesome man. im very excited to get machining on these parts. the rifle is coming along faster then i had though, thanks to you. i cant wait to shoot it. i use my 1911 no1mk3 parker hale custom modle for my bush gun now. im going to switch to my carbine once its finished.
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so as of now, i finished the bolt, im not sure what im going to do with the finish right now, as of now i dipped it in used engine oil and burned it off with a torch, making sure to not let the bolt reach above 200* works good so far it been a week with no issues, i may try something better, i have a book "Gunsmithing by Roy E. Dunlap" and it out lines quite a few ways to protect metal, including hot bluing and various cold blues that dont come in a bottle(older methods)

im waiting on a lone lee barrel actually two of them and a carbine barrel to copy, then sending the carbine barrel and a copy back to Englishman_ca, they should be here soon i would assume, im also getting a rear sight out of the deal and a nose cap to copy as well.

once they are finished and returned ill be getting that beautiful wood you see in the pic of well as a hard guard

here are pics of the bolt, hope soon to have pics of the lone lees being turned into LEC barrels, not sure of the crown rad yet, ill talk to Englishman_ca and read a few more books.







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Nice work. The bolt looks spiffy and ready to do duty for another 100 years!

I believe that bolt bodies were oil blackened, which is easy to do if you have a camp stove and an iron pan with a lid (small roasting pan). My method is very unscientific. 

I heat the pan on a camp stove and have a 1/4 inch steel plate in the bottom of the pan as a heat sink. I place whatever I am blackening on the steel plate, put on the pan lid and time it for exactly ten minutes. I usually have a wire attached to help lift the part out and drop it into used motor oil (clean oil works just as well) and quench it. 
I will wash the part in dish soap and scrub it clean of excess oil ( dont reheat it with any oil on it or it will burn, streak and blob) and do it again and again until I get the desired black.

Too hot and there will be a purple tinge to the finish, too cool and the black will not form. So it is a practice thing to get it just right. Adjust the time spent in the heat. When done the finish is as tough as nails. Preparation is key as the blackening is only microns thick the surface finish underneath shows through.

I have oil blackened bulldog revolvers. If the prep is done correctly with the right grade of paper and careful striking with strokes in the right direction, it looks factory.

Barrels at RSAF Enfield were finished by slow rust browning (bluing).
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