Sigh. Now I know why the British Army never issued gun tools to Tommy.
So it was range day today, and Proud Hillbilly and Bruce came along, making for a decent outing.
I took the Long Branch Enfield out for it's test-firing, and I'm pleased to say that it really shot well.
The trigger breaks clean and smooth with just a few pounds of pressure and the first shot was near perfect, after which it grouped nicely at 100 yards, although it put the group low right. Checking the stock more carefully, I found it to be loose up near the muzzle. I think the first shot loosened something up or somehow shifted the barreled action in the stock channel. Or maybe I just missed that since I was so concerned about the stock fit back at the receiver. Anyway...figuring I could try to fix it by tightening the forward barrel band, I took a screwdriver and tightened the screw. This took out much of the play in the stock, so, thus encouraged, I tightened it more. Now almost all of the play was gone. This must have been the problem, I thought. And wanting ALL of the play out, I give the screw one more little quarter turn and...SNAP! There went the screw, and the band popped open like a cheerleader's prom dress.
So now I need a new screw, and maybe a new band if I can't get the remains of the old screw out f that one. Big sigh. Just goes to show you that there's a fine line between "I've almost got it" and "Aw, shit."
But I'll get this fixed, and we'll be back out again. This rifle shoots too nice not to invest some more time and effort into it...besides, it's fun.