Well that's aligned now! (SMLE & PH-5A)

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Well that's aligned now! (SMLE & PH-5A)

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Looking much better than its original "diagonal" configuration!
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Looks perfect. Had the mount been bent?
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I don't think so. P-H says to shim or bend to align because that area of the receiver is not gauged so there could be variations. I wussed out & shimmed from this:
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That makes sense. Nice job.
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Looks good. Now my SMLE needs one of those!

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It makes a world of difference. In all honesty I've been avoiding the SMLE because of its sights. When I found this one with the P-H on it for the right price I jumped on it!

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That is really nice. Look forward to a range report. Hope you get to shoot it farther than 100 yards.
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I took it to the range last weekend. Got a good 200Yd zero (needed with the P-H because otherwise you get into negative vernier settings which is a major pain.)

I started off with South African R1M3Z, but this rifle will not group with it, 15~18" @ 200 is "normal", which is odd because both my No4 Mk2 & My No5 Mk1 will do 5~6" at the same point on the same range.

Switched to a starting load for hand-loads, but with 180Gr Prvi Partizan bullets. Groups shrunk immediately to 5" for 10 rounds, POI changed dramatically too, 9" right & 18" up!
So now I just have to tweak the load for the rifle & I can finalize a zero. I don't get to longer ranges much, but do have access to a 550 yd spot on private land.

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Based on a friend's experience the original rear sight blade is getting either flipped over or removed because its very distracting in the FOV through the peep.

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Whats the deal with the 2 knobs on the left side? The push button on the front side is used for zeroing at 200m, and the top knob is turned for sighting in on longer ranges?

I assume, the side scale is adjusted after initial zeroing?

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The top (horizontal) one is for adjusting range.
The front facing one is a lock for the Quick Release button which allows the sight arm to be removed for things like cleaning. It can be used for quickly disengaging the threads for big elevation changes as well, though. You have to either remove it or increase elevation by 50+ clicks to remove the bolt.

Zeroing is done at 200yds by adjusting windage & elevation to make point of impact coincide with point of aim. Then you slacken the 2 small screws in the sliding part of the vernier/range scale plate & decide which scale you want to use. once you slide the plate to make the desired zero align with the index you lock the screws.
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THANKS!
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