The right way, the wrong way...


November 28, 2004, 12:38 AM
And these are probably all wrong

I've got a 1917 enfield that Was given to me by my grandfather. I think it
spent most of it's life in rough conditions, but it's still better than a

there's a lot I'd like to do to this thing, but time & money are stopping me.
well, not a lot, i Wanna put a 'glass stock and scope on it, when the barrel
wears out rebore if possible (which opens another delima: should i have it
sleeved and go 25-06, or just have it rebored to 338-06 or 35 or 375
Whelen... Then we have the improved versions, which of course require pulling
the barrel to set it back 1 thread, and if I pull the barrel, I may as well
put a new barrel, which would mean unless I modify the bolt face, I could
have only about 100 chamberings to choose from...)

Oh, a better trigger would be nice too

Any how there is one "upgrade" that can be done for "free" on an 17 Enfield.

Here's the 1917 ejector:

These things are one of 2 bad things about this rifle (the other being no
windage adjustment). in the form I got it, to call it an "ejector" is a

here's the ejector disassembled:

Basically we have the ejector, a "leaf" spring, body, "shim", and pin

And here's the solution:

it's from a common bic type ball point pen. about 5 coils.

here's where it goes:

Putting it back together is a little tricky, but not difficult.

Here's a 7 MB movie showing how well it works. not a great one, i was holding
the camera with my left hand:

And here's free trick #2:

for various reasons the firing pin assembly needs to be removed from the bolt
body. condition check, replacement,etc.

here's the easy way to do it:

Start with the bolt open, empty gun (for safety's sake, we don't need to take
chances), and safety engaged:

close the bolt. this will leave a small gap between the firing pin assembly
and bolt body. basically what is happening is instead of the trigger stopping
the assembly, the safety, located about 1/4" back is:

Place a pin into that gap:

From experience, I can tell you a paper clip is too small to be used. cheap
"jewelers" screwdrivers work best

the firing pin assembly then can be unscrewed from the body. it also renders
the bolt 100% safe (kinda hard to have an AD when there's no firing pin) for
the movie above.:

Assembly is the opposite of disassembly. screw it in, insert and close bolt,
remove pin, open bolt, take safety off. I wanna find some spare to carry on
hunting trips. not that I'm worried about it breaking

I need more ammo. that money thing again, ya know:

And now for something totally different...

Here's a Daisy 2202 .22 LR bolt action rifle:

A Daisy? yep, a Daisy:

it's plastic & metal. weight is probably around 5 pounds. here's some links:

well I thought there was more, but apparently not.

it has an adjustable stock:

And no magazine :-( :

But a previous call to daisy puts these in stock at about $30 each.

See that scope?:

it's a cheap one from wally world. I paid more for the scope than i did for
the rifle. with 1 magazine, i should have about $40 into this thing. that
includes the cleaning supplies too. when i got this thing it was very safe
from rusting. it had been stored above a stove and was covered in grease

When i saw this thing, my thought was "Anna's six, she needs a rifle to learn
on, and this was obviously designed for a child to use it..." course she's 8
now, so I've procrastinated in starting her training

Here's a cool safety feature. press this button, and slide the trigger
assembly back:

And out:

the bolt can them be removed:

I think it was Roy that said (and i agree with him) that a bolt action rifle
is the best choice for a child, because they are easily disabled, but the
child can be allowed to keep the rifle (sans bolt) in their room. in this
condition, it is no more dangerous than a baseball bat

Now for the cool part:

Start by unscrewing the forward sling bolt and removing the forearm:

Then unscrew this nut:

And there you go:

one take down .22 rifle.

Here's the stock separated from the receiver:

I only did this so I could apply some soap and water to it. of course if had
the skills, a custom hardwoodstock would be cool...

here's the receiver:



I orginally sent this via email to some freinds a couple months back. thought maybe y'all would like to see it


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