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M1941 USMC sniper rifle

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M1941 USMC sniper rifle

#1 Post by LarryHoosier » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:24 pm

This a 1941 USMC build done the right way. It began as a 1929 NM 03 Springfield with star gauged barrel. The scope is an original USMC Unertl unit from WW2. The bolt is correctly polished with the serial number electro-penciled on to it. I have shot this rifle using a reproduction USMC scope and the results were good but the repro mount was a POS. Don't ask me why I never shoot expensive original scopes! :oops:

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#2 Post by Calfed » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:26 pm

Wow, that is a beaut, Larry.

I'm looking at building a 1941 USMC sniper rifle for the CMP vintage rifle match. It isn't going to be a serious attempt to reproduce a 1941 (I'm using a Rock Island high number rifle with a very good Sedgeley barrel) but am uncertain about the optics. I would like to use the Leatherwood repro, but keep getting negative feedback on the mounts.

In your experience, are the problems with the repro mounts surmountable? I've got several vintage 3/4" tube external adjustment scopes...Fecker, Lyman, and Litschert. Would it be possible to use the Leatherwood repro scope with these vintage original mounts/rings? Would it help?

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#3 Post by Ozzman » Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:42 am

Impressive rifle.
Thanks for sharing
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#4 Post by swede » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:49 pm

That is very nice. Thanks for sharing

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Re: M1941 USMC sniper rifle

#5 Post by LarryHoosier » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:53 am

Calfed,

The Leatherwood reproduction is junk in my opinion. The mounts are really just base metal and will not remain tight, but the scope has similar problems with screws that won't tolerate too much stress and as you know some are very tiny! I had a Unertl 12x scope with very fine crosshairs which I shot it with a few times so yes, get at least real Unertl mounts if you can find them. The 8x scopes are difficult to find but if you do it will be worth it in CMP competition. LH
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#6 Post by Rapidrob » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:23 pm

The rifle needs to be re-crowned. It can be done without damaging the STAR mark and will improve accuracy quite a bit.
A very nice rifle and needs to be shot!
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#7 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:00 am

Larry, your rifles, as well as your photographs, are incredible! I hope you will consider creating a single thread in the Photography section--I'd love to see them all in one place. Regardless, thanks for sharing them!

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