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Enfield Longbranch Bolt Question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HoosierQ, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. HoosierQ

    HoosierQ Senior Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Central Indiana.
    I have a line on an Enfield Longbranch. I noticed that when cocked and otherwise in battery, the bolt handle was kind of wanting to spring up as if being worked manually. What I am describing was sort of a sensation that there was spring tension on the bolt handle either upward or in some sort of camming action rearward. I don't know if this makes any sense or not. I know a lot more about Moisin Nagants and Mausers than Enfields. I don't know if this is a normal tendency or what. For what it is worth, the wood was terrible on this thing but the metal was pretty darn good and the action was extremely smooth.
  2. bonza

    bonza Active Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Inland NW, USA
    The bolts on No.4 Enfields (& SMLEs) cock on closing, so if you do lift the bolt while it's cocked it will come back with some force. I think that is what you are trying to describe(?). If you can get the rifle for a decent price new stock sets are available for $35-$40.

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