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Enfield help
#1
Long story short, I received a No.1 Mk. 3 a few weeks ago that doesn't have a bolt. I've gotten the bolt and other little odds n' ends needed for it, but hit a snag when checking the headspace. I've used a fosters FIELD gauge, only to have the bolt either stop before it begins to close, or will close completely. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need different types of gauges? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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#2
We always used Go and No Go gauges only. If your bolt closes on a field gauge it needs to be looked at by a smith. Remember not to force the bolt, but use very little pressure.
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#3
Here you go.

http://www.thecmp.org/Sales/askarmorerheadspace.htm
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#4
Appreciate the response! I finally got a chance to take a look at the rifle and gauge again yesterday, and realized that I have a NO-GO gauge, as oppose to what was suppose to be a FIELD gauge. So at least now, I know the rifle won't close on a NO-GO gauge.
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#5
I would still check with a Go gauge. Can't hurt to check, even though the rimmed cases like the 303 and 7.62x54R really can't be forced further into the chamber since they headspace on the rim. We still checked the Mosins. Better safe that sorry.

Chances are, if the bolt closed without force on a new, rimmed case it's headspace isn't below spec but could still be over spec.
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#6
i read that enfields run loose and ishapores even more so. i was told to make sure your bolt head is seated on the bolt body when in battery and not on the threads. i haven't fired my ishapore yet, but figured i'd pass this along.
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