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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:12 pm 
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My only previous gauge for any headspace was the recent Field Gauge, bought for the Spanish FR8 acquired last summer. Many FR8s fail the No-go but do quite well with the .308 Field gauges.

I realize that Enfields headspace from the rim to the bolt face.
With all five of my Enfields (#4/Mk1, #5), the bolts match, and so for basic safety in the future, wouldn't the Field gauge do the job?

Several comments I've read indicate that it should work and the only objective is to have a suitable, single product.


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With the field guage your headspace would/could be as much as.010 of a inch or more [the rim is .064 thick] i like to keep all of mine around .004 the tighter it is the better they shoot.

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Field is what you need for .303, and the Brit milspec one, not the SAAMI one. I have never seen an Enfield that would pass a SAAMI no-go gauge check.

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Thanks.
Just left a message with Forster products, hoping that No type of bolt disassembly is required to use their Field gauge.
(815) 493-6360.

I want no part of disassembly, as I had to take the Yugo Mauser's bolt parts to the gun smith :oops: , even after watching the video or photos on this website.
That first attempt at cleaning Any bolt's parts should have been easy.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:15 am 
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When you get your Forster field gauge and all your lee Enfields fail headspace, I will buy them all off you for half of what you paid for them....

Take a clue.. the forster gauge is for the undersized SAAMI spec of .070", not the manufacturers specification for a field gauge. (unless they have changed them in the last month or so...) Not many Lee Enfields will pass that test, but the majority of those will pass the propper spec of .074". Don't buy a SAAMI spec gauge.

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Thanks.
I was about to buy the Forster gauge: .070.

Yankee Engineers has a notice that they won't accept orders, and are evaluating their business.

Does anybody else in the US sell a mil-spec British .074 gauge which requires No bolt disassembly?


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Nothing wrong with that one it will put you at .006 headspace.


Laufer wrote:
Thanks.
I was about to buy the Forster gauge: .070.

Yankee Engineers has a notice that they won't accept orders, and are evaluating their business.

Does anybody else in the US sell a mil-spec British .074 gauge which requires No bolt disassembly?

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Maximum Armor wrote:
Nothing wrong with that one it will put you at .006 headspace.


Laufer wrote:
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I was about to buy the Forster gauge: .070.

Yankee Engineers has a notice that they won't accept orders, and are evaluating their business.

Does anybody else in the US sell a mil-spec British .074 gauge which requires No bolt disassembly?


Ok - so you test your headspace with the 0.070" gauge and it fails - what are you going to do now ?
Buy a new bolt head ?
What size are you going to buy ?
Will it overturn (clock correctly) ?
When it doesnt improve your headspace - what are you going to do ?
Buy another one ..........

Ad-Infinitum.

Why not just buy the correct headspace gauge in the first place and see if it passes ?

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You can buy the proper military spec. 303 gauges from Brian Dick at http://bdlltd.com/Home.html

They are made by Arrowmark an Australian company.

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Note well...When they are saying buy the proper headspace gauge, they mean NOGO, not some useless intermediate field gauge.
If your bolt closes on a NOGO then it's NOGOOD, if it doesn't, then the headspace is within specifications and is SAFE TO SHOOT.


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Better yet get the whole set from here:
http://www.okiegauges.com/
GO, NO GO & FIELD, all to Mil Spec.

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Tommy Atkins wrote:
Better yet get the whole set from here:
http://www.okiegauges.com/
GO, NO GO & FIELD, all to Mil Spec.

^this. a thousand times this. I love mine.

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Alan De Enfield:

Maybe you suggest simply buying a mil-spec Field gauge?

If so, it should not require any disassembly of a bolt.
Might need to buy the Okigauges set (bought buy these other two guys), if nobody else in the US sells a single Field gauge.

Tommy/Sasquatch: does the Oki set require any bolt disassembly?


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Get the gauge from Brian Dick at BDL Ltd. He's in SC. He's very knowledgable and helpful. According to a number of armourers the .074 field gauge is what you need.


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Laufer wrote:
Alan De Enfield:

Maybe you suggest simply buying a mil-spec Field gauge?

If so, it should not require any disassembly of a bolt.
?


Maybe I have misunderstood your reply - Yes you only need a No-Go gauge (0.074").

My comment re sourcing a new bolt head referred to the fact that if you use a SAMMI No-Go gauge (0.067" or 0.070") and you get a 'fail' what do you then do ?
Accept it fails and still use the rifle, or get a new bolt head ?

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