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  1. #1
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    Default fixing a headspace problem

    what does a gunsmith do to fix a headspace problem on a bolt action rifle?

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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    Not enough- Cut the chamber, or re-barrel.
    Too much- Re-barrel

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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    Quote Originally Posted by CommonHighrise View Post
    Not enough- Cut the chamber, or re-barrel.
    Too much- Re-barrel
    Close

    Bolt action:

    Too little:
    If close, Change bolts (crap shoot)
    Rea chamber to Min HS


    Too much:
    If close, Change Bolts (crap shoot)
    Adjust barrel shoulder on lathe to turn in barrel
    On rifles with bbl mounted sights barrel barrel must be turned in one WHOLE turn, then re-headspace reamed.
    OR - replace bbl and HS ream to min.
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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    Why do you ask?

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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    I believe the enfield's bolt is adjustable for headspace.
    PB

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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    Many bolt-actions just require the barrel be turned back into the receiver a little. However it depends on the gun in question.

    Some require turning the barrel on a lathe to push the mating shoulder forward to allow it to thread in further. Other will also require rechambering..

    If the headspace is whacked, this is one of them jobs that most likely it will be best for a smith or an extreme experienced person to handle with the right equipment.

    We dont want any more blown stocks, lacerated fingers and peppered faces like we've seen as of recent.

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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    Quote Originally Posted by pred View Post
    I believe the enfield's bolt is adjustable for headspace.
    PB
    #4 rifles are indeed adjustable by swapping the interchangeable bolt heads.
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    you won't, I will not sit with my thumb up my bum and complain, because you will.
    Remember Meleanie

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    Default Re: fixing a headspace problem

    Check the bolt head on your enfield. It should have a number stamped into it. You will want to pick up a new head with the next larger number on it then the one you have - ie - If you have a #2 stamped on the head, but a #3 head. They only go up to #4, so if you have a #4 head on your bolt....consult a gunsmith
    If you're not outraged & disgusted, you are simply not paying atttention

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