I will say before I say anything else that the way I do things may not always be the accepted way, or the easy way, but it works for me, and I don't intend others to follow my actions, but to observe and for the some of the less experienced, give a chance to see one way that some of this stuff can be done. Most of the stuff that I do here I learned or am copying work that my fiances grandfather has done in the past 40 years of working on these Enfields. If I have questions... I can ask one of the top Enfield guys in the country, Her Grandfather! .........phew... OK.... now lets get onto it!
I bought this thing a while back and have been sitting on it. When I first got it I took to the receiver and cut off the rear bolt stop spring button, and contoured it to match another custom P17 that I have. That was done a while ago, and tonight I finally got back to the old mans shop to do some more work on it.
First thing I wanted to do was to take off the rear stripper clip guides. It was fairly easy to see what I wanted because I had pictures and another rifle, to go off of for a pattern. I started by cutting off the majority of the material with a plain old hack saw. Then A course metal file, and then A mill bastard file of a couple different shapes and sizes. Everything was followed up with some 320 grit sand paper to clean everything up.
One more thing, I did straighten the bolt on this one when I first got it too. This was my first Bolt Bend, and it turned out fairly well. Since then I have done about 12 more bolts, Enfields and Mausers and I have gotten really good at making these things look perfect. The bolt originally had an engine turn pattern on it, I buffed most of that out and will buff the rest of it out when I am finished.
Here is what I ended up with.