303 Headspace gauge

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303 Headspace gauge

Post by Stoney » 24 Dec 2018, 5:06 pm

G'day fellas, Does anyone know where in Australia, OR, alternatively on this planet, I can get a .303 headspace set from that doesn't cost an arm & leg or take months to get to here from overseas? Talk about rare bird. :crazy: I thought Australia was still full of old 3..0 stuff. Can't even find different height front sight blades. I guess it all got dumped? :shock:
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Post by bladeracer » 24 Dec 2018, 5:36 pm

Stoney wrote:G'day fellas, Does anyone know where in Australia, OR, alternatively on this planet, I can get a .303 headspace set from that doesn't cost an arm & leg or take months to get to here from overseas? Talk about rare bird. :crazy: I thought Australia was still full of old 3..0 stuff. Can't even find different height front sight blades. I guess it all got dumped? :shock:


I had to order my .303 dies from the US as I couldn't find any in Oz :-)
If you order it from the US or China it should be here in a week or two at most. You can get by with a Go-Gauge and cut .001" feeler gauge strip to put behind it to measure the clearance.

If you reload you can ignore headspace though.

https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=665&idcategory=0

https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/productcart/pc/showsearchresults.asp?pageStyle=H&resultCnt=400&keyword=front+sight+enfield

Or Brownells.
https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/measuring-tools/headspace-gauges/headspace-gauges-prod19183.aspx

Brownells also do a fairly comprehensive selection of front sights so might be worth a look there as well.
https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/sights/front-sights/index.htm?k=enfield+front+sight&psize=96
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Post by Stoney » 24 Dec 2018, 5:51 pm

bladeracer wrote:
Stoney wrote:G'day fellas, Does anyone know where in Australia, OR, alternatively on this planet, I can get a .303 headspace set from that doesn't cost an arm & leg or take months to get to here from overseas? Talk about rare bird. :crazy: I thought Australia was still full of old 3..0 stuff. Can't even find different height front sight blades. I guess it all got dumped? :shock:


I had to order my .303 dies from the US as I couldn't find any in Oz :-)
If you order it from the US or China it should be here in a week or two at most. You can get by with a Go-Gauge and cut .001" feeler gauge strip to put behind it to measure the clearance.

If you reload you can ignore headspace though.

https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=665&idcategory=0

https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/productcart/pc/showsearchresults.asp?pageStyle=H&resultCnt=400&keyword=front+sight+enfield

Or Brownells.
https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/measuring-tools/headspace-gauges/headspace-gauges-prod19183.aspx

Brownells also do a fairly comprehensive selection of front sights so might be worth a look there as well.
https://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/sights/front-sights/index.htm?k=enfield+front+sight&psize=96



Thanks for that blade. I just get tired of ordering 303 stuff from overseas that get ultimately held up by " border force ". I have bought from liberty tree and they are great. Brownells Aust, no just no. Can you order direct from Brownells US?
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Post by trekin » 24 Dec 2018, 6:35 pm

If you know someone with a lathe, they're easy enough to make. Made myself a set, go, no go & field, a few years ago when I had access o a small lathe.
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Post by Stoney » 24 Dec 2018, 6:48 pm

trekin wrote:If you know someone with a lathe, they're easy enough to make. Made myself a set, go, no go & field, a few years ago when I had access o a small lathe.


That's exactly what I was thinking trekin. I will ask a tool maker I know.
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Post by bladeracer » 24 Dec 2018, 7:03 pm

Stoney wrote:Thanks for that blade. I just get tired of ordering 303 stuff from overseas that get ultimately held up by " border force ". I have bought from liberty tree and they are great. Brownells Aust, no just no. Can you order direct from Brownells US?


Border Force shouldn't bother with tools. BF are messing me about now. I have two rifles sitting at the airport and we can't get through to anybody that can tell us how to collect them. My dealer drove up there today and made little progress. I think they've dragged some blow-ins in to look after the place while the real peeps are partying :-)

Nope, order via Brownells.com.au. If they don't have it listed email Bruce and he'll sort it.
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trekin wrote:If you know someone with a lathe, they're easy enough to make. Made myself a set, go, no go & field, a few years ago when I had access o a small lathe.


Yep.
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Post by trekin » 25 Dec 2018, 3:41 am

Stoney wrote:
trekin wrote:If you know someone with a lathe, they're easy enough to make. Made myself a set, go, no go & field, a few years ago when I had access o a small lathe.


That's exactly what I was thinking trekin. I will ask a tool maker I know.

I'll put up some photos and diamentions, when I get home at the end of the week, if you want.
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Post by Stoney » 25 Dec 2018, 12:53 pm

trekin wrote:
Stoney wrote:
trekin wrote:If you know someone with a lathe, they're easy enough to make. Made myself a set, go, no go & field, a few years ago when I had access o a small lathe.


That's exactly what I was thinking trekin. I will ask a tool maker I know.

I'll put up some photos and diamentions, when I get home at the end of the week, if you want.



That would be awesome. Thanks trekin :thumbsup:
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