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    Posted: July 24 2021 at 4:46pm
I did talk to him. Unfortunately, he doesn't do barrels that are short chambered. He only installs them if they are fully chambered and ready to be installed. 
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If you're stuck finding a good Lee Enfield gunsmith in the USA,then you should talk to Brian d**k at BDL. He has an excellent reputation apparently.
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My gunsmith is an a$$hole so there won't be any in progress pictures. I'll see if I can get him call me as it progresses and take pictures. He's an a$$hole but he's a capable a$$hole and he's local. 
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Originally posted by britrifles britrifles wrote:

They are shipping my No. 4 barrel tomorrow.  Outstanding service.  
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Not sure what is available in the AU, NZ and SA.


If you're interested, check out T-Bone Shipwrighting down in Coogee (suburb in Sydney, near the beach). Tom Smith puts up regular posts on Fartbook of his work that include LW barrels. Offers a fair showing of Enfield rebarrels.

Based on that example, you should be happy with the result.
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I’ll be interested too to hear how the installation goes, if any issues with correct indexing to the receiver.

I’m hoping it will be a while yet until I need to replace the barrel on my match shooter.  


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Looking forward to seeing your progress on this project.
Keep us posted. With photos please.
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I received my Lothar-Walther barrel today. I'll be driving it over to the gunsmith next week. It's a 4 groove barrel and when compared to the pitiful 2-groove, more like 1/2-groove, shot out old barrel of my No 4 MK 2, it's a beautiful thing. It has the bayonet lugs and appears to have the correct contour. 

It's in the white so I'll have it rust blued. I know it should be parkerized but it's too pretty and it's far past original now. We'll figure out how to affix the Parker-Hale tunnel front sight without butchering the barrel. I'm hoping the dovetail can just be recut to the correct size. 

 I'm going to get the action cleaned up a bit and use a NOS #0 BSA bolt head. 

The stock is in nice enough shape. I'll have to work on exactly the best way to bed it. I've never messed with bedding a two piece stock. let alone a No 4. 

With any luck at all I may be able to improve on the previous best of "minute of trashcan lid" size groups. Man, they could go anywhere. sometimes I wonder if it was safer to stand in front of it than behind it. Ok, that's not true but my complete inability to make improvements made me crazy.
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They are in Cumming, GA, not far from where I live.  

I’m going to use Birchwood Casey Perma Blue for the finish.  
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Mine is supposed to be here tomorrow. UPS must be speedy in your area. I'm in Ohio. Thinks sometimes run slower here. 
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That’s amazing, barrel arrived three days after I first heard about these barrels being available.  Thanks to AbitNutz. 
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Barrel is arriving today by UPS. 


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Lothar-Walther makes excellent barrels, although I haven't tried their No4 ones yet. They won't sell the No1 barrels in the US though, I think I've only asked about it 3 or 4 times.... at this point I'm about ready to pay the import fees to buy a batch from a foreign distributor.
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I just received an email from Lothar-Walther with my invoice and UPS tracking number. It should be here in the next couple of days. Once I receive it and the new bolt head it's off to the gunsmith! 
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Once you get the headspace set, I doubt you will see any change, even after shooting thousands of rounds.  I know this because I’ve monitored the headspace on my No. 4, from after the barrel was first installed (with a #1 bolt head), I’ve not been able to detect any change even after 8,000 to 10,000 rounds fired.  I’ve seen the same with my No. 4 Mk 2 7.62 DCRA conversion which I’ve shot several thousand rounds thru it. 

I think we worry too much about headspace at times.  The only real advantage with having a relatively tight headspace is to maximize the number of reloads of the cartridge case.  Some claim accuracy is better with a tight headspace, but I can’t confirm that claim.

Now, if you push your reloads to the limits, you might expect headspace to increase after a few thousand rounds.   This is best avoided by using mild reloads. 


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I haven't received an email with the tracking number yet. I just ordered a NOS #0 bolt head. It's an early BSA marked with a 0 and a B. I want to start out as tight as I can. I have bolt heads all the way out to #3. It doesn't help that the chamber is shaped like a goose egg.
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They are shipping my No. 4 barrel tomorrow.  Outstanding service.  

I asked them if they keep No. 4 barrels in stock, and Rebecah told me they usually do and she is putting another order in from the Germany facility tomorrow.  I don’t think they will export outside the US, but presumably those in the EU should be able to get a barrel direct from the German distributor.  Not sure what is available in the AU, NZ and SA. 

I’m not taking any chances here, I want to be able to shoot competitively for at least another 10 years and not have to worry about not finding a barrel. 
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