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    Posted: October 18 2008 at 4:06am
I just received a very nice 1916 SMLE III off of GB.  When I get a new rifle, I always like to pull it apart and clean the metal bits by soaking them in a green degreaser ... great stuff.
 
Anyway, I pulled the forend off the rifle and the normally round buttstock bolt looks square and when I shone a light down the buttstock, I couldn't see a screw head.  What have a got here and how can I pull the buttstock without cutting it off??? 
 
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You can remove the front lower stock and the trigger guard. Just back and below  of the reciever tha stock bolt should be sticking out slightly. There is normally a square end there you can put a wrench on and loosen the rear stock bolt. After it is loose you can take a long flat head screw driver and insert into the hole and finish removing the bolt. I would think there is some debris in the screw slot, you may need to clean the first so the screw driver can seat in the slot correctly.
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The SMLE has a squared end on the stock bolt but the No4 does not.
The reason it is squared is to act as a keeper to keep the bolt from coming loose. it fits into the squared slot in the end of the forend. For this reason,  you MUST remove the forend of the No1 SMLE first when dissassembling, otherwise you will crack the forend.
The stock bolt has a leather washer on top of it to stop the oil bottle from rattling. You need to make a small hook on the end of a peice of wire or straightened coathanger and fish the washer out.
I have also seen rag stuffed in the hole so there could be anything in there.
It will have a straight slot in the head of the bolt and like cookie said could be full of crud, you will have to persevere.
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Thanks ... worked perfectly! There was a leather washer on top of the bolt, which I wasn't able to fish out with a coat hanger hook.
 
Next step to soak it in degreaser for a couple days ... that seems to loose just about any sort of crud - including the last vestiges of brown paint.
 
Any sense of whether or not to have it re-blued???
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yes - dont , but thats just my oppinion and this is your rifle so do as you please ,
 
good advice from lithgow on removing the forestock first with the no1 , but i see you already knew it or 'lucked out' , im glad - its so hard to find replacement wood these days ,
 
congrats on a great rifle and post some photos for us when you can
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Leave orginal IMO
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If the rifle is already original then I would say leave it that way.
Give it a clean by all means but stay away from bluing and sanding. While the rifle may have that brand new look it is no longer original and collector value is diminished.
But, its your rifle so its really your decision. for me no is the answer
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