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    Only just saw this thread.

    Geez, I just sold a SMLE replacement walnut stock set (top woods and lower stock) and the missing front metal parts on the yellow site on Tuesday.

    Personally I would only restore it if it hadn't been drilled for the scope mount. But that's just me.

    Also, like others, I wouldn't bother with a DP marked example.
    Look for another one instead to shoot/restore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser308 View Post
    There have been instances of rifles being pulled from the grease and marked DP without pushing the grease out of the barrels. It's the military, 'need 20 more DP rifles'. Armourer: 'check'.
    @Mauser308 thank you for posting that, i always cringe when i read blanket statements condemning DPíd 303ís, yes i can appreciate the sentiment, but you risk missing gems

    would i buy a DP, Hell yes, by far the best rifle barrel i have is on a NZDF cadet rifle auctioned 303 that i purchased a while back at the Wellington cadet auction, i recall another well know member from this site who also attended looking at the barrel of my new purchase and commenting he didnít even think the barrel had been fired given its pristine condition, it had a old blancoíd sling a couple of DP stamps, some slight wear but that barrel, so would i buy a DP rifle, yes esp if i wanted something that had possibly little or no barrel use, BUT you need to know what your looking at, so please dont give up on DP markings!

    i also still have an early addition to my now much smaller collection of 303ís its the consummate NZ marked DP rifle and for a amateur collector like myself who enjoyed the history of REAL examples of NZ LE history its barrel is challenged but it so looks the part, did i pay too much for it when i bought it, yes, will i make money on it no, should have i bought it probably not, have i kept it and sold off other rifles hell yes!
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    Cant seem to edit but @dogmatix that wasn’t a dig at you, i think you can easily spot something that would stand out
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    No problems, I was meaning the OP restoring a sporterised DP rifle.
    Totally different situation to having an otherwise pristine original DP marked rifle.
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    use stock bolt keeper or not?

    I've been reading up (a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, lol) and I can't decide which path to take with the rear of the fore end.

    Do I have to use the stock bolt keeper? some are saying to just use the brass rod. others are saying ditch both and use the #4 style bracket.

    I've got a new VMA fore end stock and there is very little wood at the back end now. would i be weakening it further by removing wood to install the stock keeper?

    my first time doing this so I am all ears for advice.
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    Bracket that puppy. Not enough meat for anything else.
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    Probably even clean it up and glue a piece of walnut in there to beef it up...
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    yes i think i'm going to have to build it up pin it and then bed it. A closer look shows there is already a crack and there seems to be a lot of rough haphazard scraping. I think Phil send me a used one that someone botched up.

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    Thanks to all the users useful comments and Kimber 7mm-08 for supplying advice and parts. I changed direction and bought a 1939 Lithgow SMLE No1 MkIII sight unseen off the yellow sight for parts and decided this would now be the restoration project. The VMA stock although very doable is a challenge to a SMLE novice doing a stock fitting (done other stocks from scratch but the SMLE is a whole different challenge). I've been following the Peter Laidler article on SMLE stock fitting and after about 45 hours i'm about 40% done. now i know why the original stocks sell for gold prices. I'm amazed at the time and skill the wartime stockmakers would put into these rifles. I now understand why the soviets went with the PPSH-41 subguns for mass production. I'm using as much of the original wood and parts as possible and not taking any shortcuts (like not cutting off the end of the mkIII stock bolt and using the factory clips). its marked for the long butt and it has its original with butt plate (even had the oiler bottle inside along with the leather washer). I hope to have it done in about a month.
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    how to touch up linseed oil walnut stock?

    I'm now at the finishing stages to one part of the stock build. problem is the stock was finished in linseed and turps so it doesn't want to take birchwood casey walnut stain which is the strongest concentrate i know of. any advice?

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    Have to strip the oil out to get the stain in, might be able to find a dye product that will take to the BLO oil but other than that leaving the stain to oxidise is always an option.

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    i'm trying that now. its like the Enfield is saying there is no quick fix. its like you are in a long term relationship.
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    Then you find no money and your Enfields have been breeding? The is only one course of action to fix this...

 

 

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