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    Posted: March 06 2021 at 7:49pm
The bolt head on my Long Lee Enfield has seized and will not rotate at all. I’ve tried decocking but no joy. It was working fine. I don’t want to force anything but don’t know what I do. Any ideas ?

Update;
Well it just popped free with a little thumb pressure. Go figure.

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The head does stick a bit when turned vertical for insertion in the rifle, can’t tell why while it’s in place on the bolt.To remove it from the bolt for inspection I have to pop off the dust cover. Is there a procedure for that ? Don’t want to screw it up, it’s too nice a part.
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is the safety on ? that will cause this issue 
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I did switch the safety off. The head now rotates but I need to remove it so I can install the extractor spring (which is the reason for this whole magilla). But I can’t remove the bolt head until the dust cover comes off, and I have no clue how to remove he cover, or to reinstall it after. 
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give it a spray with wd40 crc and let soak over night and see how it goes
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Has anyone removed the dust cover ? I know there is slot the the rear of bolt the cover fits in , close to the bolt handle. How to pop it out of the slot so the cover can be tapped out is what I really need to know.
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Well, I removed the dust cover using some advice I gleaned from an old Gunboards post. Lo and behold it worked painlessly. But the saga continues. i intended to replace the bolt head /extractor asembly with another one from an old MLE bolt, assuming it would fit since both bolts were from the same model rifles.
In this I was sadly mistaken. While the old bolt head screws on without issues, the replacement only screws in about 4/5ths of the way and binds. The main differencee between the two heads is the old one (the one that screws in all the way) has a "notch" on the shank and the replacement does not. I love the lee Enfield, especially the early ones, but they are a "voodoo child' to gunsmith when compared to the Garands, AR's and Remington shotguns I've worked on.
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The new bolt head is a replacement from post 1916 or so, when the notch was eliminated and the firing pin altered to match. You will need either another notched head or a new-style SMLE firing pin to go with the notchless head.
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Thanks, I may have 
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