Educational Zone #82 – Getting an Enfield Rifle to Shoot

Some of you may have been following the adventure of rebuilding with my friend UH_SALT_RIFLE’s (pronounced Assault Rifle) Enfield.

It shot “Okay”, but I thought we could make it shoot better. Here’s what we did.

I started by drifting the front sight to the right a little to get the point of impact on the bullseye. 

Someone asked me if we were going to “cork” the barrel to put some upward pressure on the barrel.

But these old rifles have a spring built in to the front of the stock that apply good upwards pressure to the barrel.

See here.

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So, we decided to bed the action.

We applied some Johnson’s Wax to the rear of the action area.

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We also slopped it on the front of the chamber support area.

You do this to prevent the action and stock from becoming permanently glued together after they dry.

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We then mixed up some Quick Acting JB Weld.

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We applied it to where the rear of the action rested.

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And to the front of the chamber area.

The Quick Acting JB Weld sets up pretty quickly, so you have to act quickly.

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I put the rifle together (loosely) to get it to set up properly.

I let it set up for a few hours and then took it apart.

Here’s what it looked like after set-up.

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And here.

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After it cured and dried, I put the rifle back together.

But only one thing matters…

How does it shoot?

We took it to the range this morning and I shot this 5 shot group at 50 yards. 

It was so happy with it that I worked up the courage to put another 5 rounds into the same group.

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Here’s the ten shot group. 

That’s a fine group for this old battle rifle and military surplus ammo.

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Conclusion:
Now I can shoot it.

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