The square end of this;Hi Alan,
What is the issue with removing the butt first. I’ve always heard it but never understood it
Is the purpose of the square profile on the end of the stock screw to fit a spanner (wrench for our US friends) on if the screw is too tight to remove via the normal method with a screwdriver?
I don't think so, but I don't now for sure. Based on the fact that it interfaces with a steel plate in the back of the forend, I'm thinking the whole assembly was to provide more lateral and torsional strength to the forend-wrist interface. Notice that in the no.4 this was replaced with a steel strap, for lateral reinforcement. If the spanner purpose was the main goal here, I don't think they would have designed the plate to fit in such a way, that turning the bolt breaks things.Is the purpose of the square profile on the end of the stock screw to fit a spanner (wrench for our US friends) on if the screw is too tight to remove via the normal method with a screwdriver?
I was thinking the same, furniture looks the part. Might be the original barrel on this one though! Stacking swivel likely omitted by this point & unnecessary for a “restoration”.You have a Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) Mk III* produced in 1919. The FTR below that stands for "Factory Thorough Repair," meaning at some point in its life (most likely before the start or WW2 or right after Dunkirk) it was refurbished. A new barrel was (or should have been) installed, new furniture, and other worn items replaced.
And, more importantly, CHECK THE LOCKING LUGS INTERFACE CORRECTLY WITH THOSE IN THE ACTION.Since this is about a safety issue / potential risk, don't shoot live ammo in that a rifle unless its been thoroughly checked properly for head space.