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Is this part prone to breakage on the #4 Mk 1? I had to replace it on a recently purchased Maltby 1944 and found the part at Western Firearms in Australia for I think $4 US. I also purchased 2 #2 bolt heads that appear new and unused for $8 each. Also bought 100 Prvi Partizan .303B cases for $42US. Shipping was $16US. The brass is sold under the name Highland AX but it is Prvi brass with the Prvi headstamp. Very good brass! Prvi brass is supposed to be available soon from Graf & Sons.
 

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Any part or spring can break from usage OR being used and abused BUT the two springs on the Enfield that see the most use are the extractor spring and firing pin spring.
(Guess which two springs I have plenty of replacements for)

When the bolt is closed the extractor spring is under load or being stretched and when the Enfield is cocked the firing pin spring is under load.
(How was the rifle stored?) I replace both of these springs on my shooters to put more “zip” back in the bolt.
(A weak extractor spring plays a big part in “bolt jump”)

Below are the best two manuals available for the care and feeding of your No.4
The Canadian Rangers Enfield Manuals

No.4 Enfield Maintenance Instructions dated June 28 1991
http://home.comcast.net/~ehorton/No4Mk1maint.pdf

No.4 Enfield Operating Instructions dated July 15 1991
http://home.comcast.net/~ehorton/No4Mk1oper.pdf


 

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Extractor springs at least don't explode like coachwood :D :) :D :)

Man you guys are whimps whinging about exploding coachwood stocks.

I'm an avid mountian biker and in the bush where we ride is predominantly coachwood trees. Man when a coachwood tree explodes you know about it. Once I was riding behind this guy when a coachwood exploded, took him out, there was nothing left of the bugger except red mist. took me ages to get my bike clean.
 

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Now the Australian Labor have decided to try to limited the availability of Vegemite due to its salt content.

Nothing like a government that won't let people make their own choices. My wife comes from the former Soviet Union and saw communism in her childhood. She feels FAR more repressed in Australia than she ever did in the EVIL, HORRIBLE Soviet Union. Each time we come back into Australia from overseas, we feel totally "Big Brothered" and so depressed it's unbelieveable. Posters everywhere telling you what you can't have and the "Government looking out for the best interests of Australia". Having been in Russia myself MANY times, I can tell you it's a LOT more civilised and hospitable than Australia.

It's called Sheep Socialism - the brainless will always let the Government decide for them.

Welcome to Kruddville (K. Rudd Ville). May we brainwash you, we will.

Oh, this was about extractor springs... :)



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Dear Cousin Vulch

Its almost as bad in this forum Vulch, we had a forum member trying to convince us that Cordite powder was a Communist inspired plot to destroy the British empire and we almost slid into the anarchy.:rolleyes:

And then our Grinch Moderator kept deleting all the “Pro-Cordite” postings in an effort to control the inflamed right wing “mass media”. :D

 

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Ed, no matter how hard you beat that dead horse, it's NOT going to get up!;)
Mr. Sukey

Beating a dead horse is getting you to tell the forum members to dissemble their bolts for cleaning and maintenance or even reading an Enfield maintenance manual.

The brilliant exploding coachwood theory was developed by Krinko and yet you decided to beat that dead horse here also.

Could it be our forum is made up of old dead horses or just horses asses? :rolleyes:
 

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I think rather just one horses ass, who apparently, is in a one man race to be the "lead dog" in having the most posts and threads either deleted or locked down... congratulations on that little statistic Ed,and, you should embrace this race as it is the only thing you will be in the "lead dog" position on.

Keep up the good work and, if you're a good little boy, we may just bury you up to your neck in the part of the field the horses use for a bathroom.

David
 

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Dear Spike DD

I’ll mark you down as a discontented road apple with anger issues.

P.S. Is EvilKen2007 your brother?
 

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Vulch

This is the British and Commonwealth Enfield forum, if a few select Americans don’t like coachwood or cordite they should move to a different forum.

My opinion hasn’t changed since I came into these forums, we have too many American “experts” on a British and Commonwealth rifle who don’t know what they are talking about.

P.S. I’m an American and…………………….

 

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Ed, you have not disappointed me;)
However your reply was amusing.
Please note, You are NOT the Almighty handing down the stone tablets on the mount., no matter how many tech manuals you have accumulated.

You have a lot of information which is very useful, but some of your continuous rants about people who have disagreed with you in the distant past, (THE VERY DISTANT PAST) are getting a bit "OLD."

Try helping people in the present, instead of worrying an old bone that is long past burying.:D
 

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The frequent cause of this part breaking is people putting a cartridge into the chamber, forcing the extractor to snap over it as they close the bolt and then, after the thousandth time, wondering "Oh. I wonder why that broke?"
 

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thanks MKV11

this is a real little gem of i nformation and I hope its recognised. These rifles feed so much better if the rounds are put into the magazine...that way the rim slides up under the extractor instead of forcing it outwards and perhaps overworking the extractor spring.

Of course if the 'cut off' is in place that cant happen..and the round must be 'forced' into the chamber. No doubt the rate of extractor spring breakage was high in those days....then again...the extractor spring on the No.1's seems a lot more robust that that in the No.4s....

I use No.4s a lot (in 303 and 7.62) but find that they rarely break springs if the rounds are chambered from the magazine....after a long time though the extractor spring seems to take a 'set' or weaken and a new one is advisable.
 
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