aloharover's recent thread on his .308 smle's resparked my interest in doing something with the two .303 enfields I have stitting around. I picked both up for next to nothing with the intent of makeing one decent rifle out of both of them, but even my best barrel isn't that great so I started thinking about rechambering. About this time I came across some info on the Gibbs/navy arms 45-70 conversions and was interested in going this route but other things intervined and like usual I got distracted and lost interest. Now that I have some more time to work on projects Ive started to search for a barrel again but with out much luck. I do have a lathe but I dont feel my skills are sufficent enough to tackle reaming and threading a barrel and there isnt much for gunsmiths locl to me. Does anyone know of a manufacture that makes enfield barrels in 45-70? I do have a friend that is a very experienced machinist, if I ordered a barrel blank and reamer and provided the orginal barrel as a patteren could some one who is not a "gunsmith" have reasonable success at producing a barrel? My skill set is enough the Im comfortable installing the barrel and setting headspace ect. I relize I could just send the reciever to a gunsmith and say make me a 45-70, but thats not the point of building this gun.