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    Posted: October 15 2013 at 10:09am
I need to know what tools to use. I know I need a couple extra bolt heads and a couple headspace gauges. I've heard that there is a wrench for the receiver and such but what is a good step by step process. I'd like to do this myself. I've heard that some of the tools though are a bit costly for a one time use though.

Any information is good. I've looked around the site some but I can't find any information.
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A good thread to start !!  I will be watching and reading this one for sure !!  Hope some one here can give you and us the proper info !!!
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You will need an action (receiver) wrench and a barrel vice. Many a rifle has been ruined with stillsons and a vice.
Generally I would say that it's not worth buying the gear for a one off job.
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I can't even find the tools online. I am going to do this myself some how. Just need a method of operation. I plan on documenting the process as well. I figure it would make an interesting thread. Ultimate goal is to create a rifle that doesn't print like a shotgun at 50 yards.
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Barrel vices aren't too hard to find. They usually come with a set of several adapters for different barrel diameters & tapers.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/226100/wheeler-engineering-barrel-vise-with-3-wood-bushings

Action wrench really is essential to prevent buggering the receiver. The Enfield one isn't going to be the most common one either.
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I'm more interested in the action wrench currently, I can jimmy a barrel vice pretty easily here at the house. I cannot find one for the life of me.
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There are two of them for sale right now on Gunbroker.com
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I cannot seem to locate them. I don't have an account there anyway. If I did, I think the local dealer would get pretty annoyed by all the packages being dropped off at his door step all the time.

I do appreciate the help so far guys.

I'll get some pictures of the gun in question that way I can at least get something interesting in this thread.
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I could sell you an action wrench and barrel jaws, both of which I manufacture but there is considerably more to this procedure than unscrewing a barrel. You need a big vice and may also need fine shim.
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This is the rifle in question. The bore is just really over sized and the bullets pretty much bounce down the barrel, resulting in rather poor accuracy. Now some may view this rifle as a waste of cash BUT I do not do this for the money. I just want to bring this rifle back to life.
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Can't tell much of your rifle from those photos but it looks a nice gun. Do you have another barrel to screw in?
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Thanks. Hopefully I'll have the details of the barrel pretty soon. Richard/SIA has one that I'm hoping to get.
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Well ,I must say that shop is not messy enough !!!!!!  You should have a look at mine !!!!! stuff is piled all over !!!!
Your Wife must not come into your shop or store nothing in there ????
Cant rightly say its all my Wife's fault , My work bench is a mess in the gun shop !!! LOL!!!!  Please !! no smoking in gun shop and definitely near the work bench !!!!!!!!! I must have a half pound of spilled powder on it by now !!!!!
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An action wrench is easy to make from plate if you handy. the vice blocks are a little more difficult but for a one off job I have used wooden blocks. I have never had to use wooden blocks on a lee enfield as I have my fathers rebarreling gear but you could give wood blocks a go.
As Homer said, there is a bit more to it than screw one out and the other in. I would look around for someone to show you how to do the first one. It is probably a bit much to put in a step by step post anyway. Too much typing for this one finger typist anyway.
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Forgot to post pictures of the barrel I received from Richard/SIA. I'll get some pictures of it soon and post them when I get the chance. Pretty nice barrel with a bit of pitting in the throat. Nice tight crown with very sharp lands and grooves though.
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im watching this thread with interest - not contemplating such a project , but interested in edification of the process , love learning more 
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