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The right way, the wrong way...

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by NotQuiteSane, Nov 28, 2004.

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  1. NotQuiteSane

    NotQuiteSane Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Klamath Falls, Jefferson
    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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