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
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Reloading 7.62x54R
Replies: 15
Views: 3482
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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: 162
United States of America

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: 3796
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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: 3796
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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: 3796
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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: 5
Views: 325
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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: 619
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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: 271
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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: 577
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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).
by Smokey
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Help! I had a D'oh moment
Replies: 14
Views: 739
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Re: Help! I had a D'oh moment

I use a 1-piece stainless steel cleaning rod with brass ferrule, to keep the rod from dragging on the inside of the barrel at the muzzle. Stainless steel won't imbed grit which will damage the bore. I also just run it a few passes, and let the solvent do the work. I coat the bore, let it sit, then a...
by Smokey
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Second Amendment Front
Topic: 85,000 plus M-1 Rifles are comming home!
Replies: 15
Views: 1406
United States of America

Re: 85,000 plus M-1 Rifles are comming home!

The Garand is a decent utility rifle. Good for hunting (a bit heavy), target shooting and if the SHTF as well.
by Smokey
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: The Krag
Topic: My U.S. Krag
Replies: 15
Views: 2666
United States of America

Re: My U.S. Krag

It might shoot better than you think. Get some moderate 220gr loads and try it out.
by Smokey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: CMP M1 Garand
Replies: 11
Views: 629
United States of America

Re: CMP M1 Garand

It's a little heavy, but the Garand makes a fine utility and SHTF rifle too.
by Smokey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Japanese and Far East Rifles
Topic: Arisaka Type 30
Replies: 13
Views: 2831
United States of America

Re: Arisaka Type 30

They shot well in a T38 with a 0.272 groove diameter.
by Smokey
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Italian Rifles
Topic: Carcano Test Shoot
Replies: 13
Views: 673
United States of America

Re: Carcano Test Shoot

The Carcano has an extremely strong action. Disregard the "naysayers" on that issue.

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