Well, the board is either fixed, or it's going to run terribly. Cross your fingers and hope for the best. I'm at my technical limit right now.

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by Smokey
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth
Topic: finally picked up another no4 mk1
Replies: 9
Views: 297
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Re: finally picked up another no4 mk1

Raw linseed oil does a better job of penetrating into the wood than boiled linseed oil. I use raw linseed oil.
by Smokey
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Japanese and Far East Rifles
Topic: What load mimics the 7.7 Jap as far
Replies: 13
Views: 259
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Re: What load mimics the 7.7 Jap as far

I believe the velocity was around 2400 fps, which would put a 175 to 180gr bullet I the same performance as the .303 British. Check reloading manuals or try this:
http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/
by Smokey
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: CLEANING RODS
Replies: 20
Views: 515
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Re: CLEANING RODS

I've made replacements for Moisin Nagant rifles. They weren't authentic, but they worked. The hardware store has steel rods in various sizes, 36 inches long. I'd tap 8x32 threads at one end to screw into the retainer in the stock. The other end would be cut to length, then tapped for a #10 thread an...
by Smokey
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: CLEANING RODS
Replies: 20
Views: 515
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Re: CLEANING RODS

This can be a contentious topic. Basically I avoid having the rod touch the inside of the bore as much as possible, especially at the muzzle. I use a tapered brass ferrule for this with rifles that have to be cleaned from the muzzle like the Garand. I also use a one-piece stainless steel rod. It get...
by Smokey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Your never too old to learn....She made my day.
Replies: 6
Views: 408
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Re: Your never too old to learn....She made my day.

I live in the northeast zone of madness, where all women are assumed to be howling liberals unless proven otherwise (my wife was proven otherwise). Glad to know that sensible women exist elsewhere.
by Smokey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Serial number and barrel date
Replies: 2
Views: 151
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Serial number and barrel date

I just examined an M1 with a barrel dated March 1943. The serial number for the rifle puts it in the June 1943.
Would the barrels be dated BEFORE they are installed on the rifle?
by Smokey
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Reloading 7.62x54R
Replies: 15
Views: 3671
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Re: Reloading 7.62x54R

A Finn M27 I know of has a 0.3095 groove diameter barrel. It shoots pretty well with heavier (180gr plus) flat base bullets. It also does well with surplus Russian ammo with steel bullets, no signs of pressure problems. The Finn rifles had what amounts to a forcing cone in the throat to swage down t...
by Smokey
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Military Bolt Action Rifle General Topics
Topic: Into what category does the Eddystone Model of 1917 fit?
Replies: 4
Views: 284
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Re: Into what category does the Eddystone Model of 1917 fit?

Its an American modification of a British designed rifle that was manufactured in the US.
I would consider using the American rifles section.
The M1917 was used more in combat than the M1903 in Europe in WWI.
I continued to be used right through WWII, though not by US combat troops.
by Smokey
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Sight Pictures for the M1 Garand
Replies: 11
Views: 3981
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Re: Sight Pictures for the M1 Garand

If I remember correctly, with the sights set so the group (tight in this case) sits on the tip of the front sight; setting the rear sight for 300 yards allowed a 6 o'clock hold on standard competition targets. Note that the rifle would hit a little higher from the standing position (because the shoo...
by Smokey
Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Sight Pictures for the M1 Garand
Replies: 11
Views: 3981
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Re: Sight Pictures for the M1 Garand

A standard issue Garand was expected to hold about a 4 inch group at 100 yards. With a little tuning (assuming a decent barrel) they will shoot much better. The fit of the action to the buttstock is the first thing to work. Another it the tightness of the gas cylinder to the splines in the barrel. T...
by Smokey
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Sight Pictures for the M1 Garand
Replies: 11
Views: 3981
United States of America

Re: Sight Pictures for the M1 Garand

I don't do competition any more, instead I'm using the rifle for utility out in the woods. For that I prefer the "center hold" sight picture, to align at the point the bullet will hit. That has the group sitting on the tip of the front sight at 100 yards. For competition, elevation is set to the "ba...
by Smokey
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Lebel
Replies: 8
Views: 553
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Re: French Lebel

I used a Lebel for nearly a year as a utility rifle, and really liked it. It handled well, shot as well as it's contemporaries, functioned reliably; and was plenty powerful for my bad neighbors.
by Smokey
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: United States Rifles
Topic: Eddystone fixer upper
Replies: 8
Views: 711
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Re: Eddystone fixer upper

I'm guessing the .30-06 ball, with the exposed base, would expand like a Minie bullet to fill the bore. Since the rifles were originally made as pattern 14's for .303 British ammo, probably the original barrel tooling was used at least for early production.
by Smokey
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Bayonets, Knives and Swords
Topic: Stick'em with the pointy end
Replies: 4
Views: 344
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Re: Stick'em with the pointy end

I sometimes walk my property with the bayonet fixed in late August to September because of the spiders. The critters aren't that big, it's the blasted webs! I reach out and use the blade to cut the webs down. As it starts to cool off, the spiders go crazy weaving huge webs across every path and open...
by Smokey
Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: Whats in your range bag?
Replies: 15
Views: 738
United States of America

Re: Whats in your range bag?

Oh well, We were barely married three weeks when my wife shot me in the head! A lead 38 special from her revolver hit something downrange and bounced straight back. Didn't leave a mark (it was my head remember).

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