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Building a Tanker Enfield
« on: January 14, 2012, 01:18:47 pm »
Harm has asked me to bubba up shorten his Enfield (No. 4?) to make it something more resembling a 'Tanker' configuration - rather than a Jungle Carbine.

Here is the rifle as it currently looks:




In this thread I'll be documenting the process of chopping the barrel and stock, recrowning the muzzle, moving the handguard retainers back, etc.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012, 01:27:32 pm »
    I will be watching this one...


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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012, 01:36:25 pm »
    So excited!  Seriously can't wait to see shoot this. 
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012, 02:22:43 pm »
    Tag.

    We actually discussed how this would be done.  Have you decided on a route to take?


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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012, 02:36:30 pm »
    I'll have to get it apart to be sure, but I think it will just be a matter of cutting of the stock and upper handguard just forward of the band and slimming the tips a bit to fit the metal endcap.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012, 02:38:35 pm »
    Once I wrap up some household chores today I should be able to get some pictures of the barrel being chopped. I'm not sure if the whole barreled action will fit in my lathe, so I might get to hack off the end with my bandsaw  >:D
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012, 02:41:53 pm »
    Once I wrap up some household chores today I should be able to get some pictures of the barrel being chopped. I'm not sure if the whole barreled action will fit in my lathe, so I might get to hack off the end with my bandsaw  >:D
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012, 04:31:28 pm »
    Damn but those Brits love their tiny little screws.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #8 on: January 14, 2012, 07:52:20 pm »
    Just picked up some brass rod so I can duplicate those little rivets holding all the endcaps on the stock and handguards.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #9 on: January 14, 2012, 11:09:06 pm »
    Jesse, you might just have a second one to do!!!
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #10 on: January 14, 2012, 11:13:13 pm »
    Jesse, you might just have a second one to do!!!

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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #11 on: January 14, 2012, 11:16:49 pm »
    Here is the front upper handguard, cut down and geting ready to inlet it for the inner metal doohickey - with a Dremel!  :panic

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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #12 on: January 14, 2012, 11:36:12 pm »
    i'm just tickled to see how this one ends up
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    « Reply #13 on: January 15, 2012, 12:07:23 am »
    i'm just tickled to see how this one ends up

    Just wait 'till he goes pro.  ;)


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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #14 on: January 15, 2012, 12:32:06 am »
    Cut off the front of the stock and spent a while with the belt sander reshaping it to fit the metal endcap:



    If you look at where the barrel band sits on there, you should have some idea of the length we'll end up with.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #15 on: January 15, 2012, 12:34:44 am »
    Also, since there are some deep lightening grooves under the barrel channel in that portion of the stock, the wood gets really thin where I reshaped it. I've got some JB Weld in the thin spots curing right now. That should make for plenty of reinforcement (plus of course there will be a metal cap riveted over that portion).
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #16 on: January 15, 2012, 01:01:45 am »
    The stock bits are fitting together:


    They'll need some cleaning up, probably a complete strip and refinish honestly - but they're close enough that I can tell where to cut the barrel.

    I'll also have to turn the OD of the barrel down by .070" to .600" to get the front sight to slide on. With a lot of luck I could have the bulk of this wrapped up tomorrow.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #17 on: January 15, 2012, 01:08:27 am »
    Jesse, it appears that Harm is right.
    You are a gun mangler of the highest order.


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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #18 on: January 15, 2012, 02:01:35 am »
    I have full confidence in Jesse's gun handling and craftsmanship.  Never doubted how it would turn out.  Excited and loving it.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #19 on: January 15, 2012, 08:41:32 am »
    I hope that's some Indian made POS you're chopping up and not a Longbranch.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #20 on: January 15, 2012, 11:40:04 am »
     ::)

    The important  thing is that the rifle belong to Harm and this is what he wants. Though as far as I can tell, it's definitely nothing special as far as collectability.
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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #21 on: January 15, 2012, 12:03:15 pm »
    Jesse, you get your business up and running... and if you like how this turned out... I may have to see about sending you an Ishapore to cut back.
    I am REALLY liking this so far.
    I love mil surps... and I love short rifles.
    With one of these I could have my cake and eat it too.
    A .308 tanker Enfield sitting in the rack next to the FR8s would just be bad ass.
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    « Reply #22 on: January 15, 2012, 01:00:14 pm »
    These gunsmithing sections are some of my favorites. Thanks for taking the time to photo and document them.
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    « Reply #23 on: January 15, 2012, 02:49:32 pm »
    I hope that's some Indian made POS you're chopping up and not a Longbranch.

    I think Harm said he paid $150 for it.  So probably not. 

    But even if it did come from Longbranch, it's still only a $400-$500 rifle at the most.  So who cares?

    The important  thing is that the rifle belong to Harm and this is what he wants. Though as far as I can tell, it's definitely nothing special as far as collectability.

    Indeed, on both counts.


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    Re: Building a Tanker Enfield
    « Reply #24 on: January 15, 2012, 03:15:12 pm »
    Woo! Got a bunch done here.

    Chopping the barrel in the bandsaw:


    Freshly hacked muzzle:


    The barrel wasn't long enough to stick through the chuck on my lathe and I didn't really want to get out the barrel vise and action wrench to try pulling off the barrel, so I stuck the receiver in a 4-jaw chuck. All four jaws are independently adjustable for holding odd shapes:


    The barrel held in a steady rest:


    Barrel crowned and profiled:


    Front sight in place:


    And the pic you have all been waiting for!:




    There's a fair bit of work left to be done, cleaning up the wood and such, but I think this has been good progress for the weekend.
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