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Old June 18, 2001, 11:12 PM   #2
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This is only adding to the stories from the previous thread, but I recently got on a kick of buying and shooting WWII era milsurp rifles. I am a handloader, but I didn't have any brass in these calibers, so I bought some S&B, which was the only ammo avialable to me locally. I was firing my .303 Enfield from a sitting position when I had a round recoil more that the previous rounds. Extraction was more difficult. The primer fell in my lap. I have never had another incident and still continue to shoot the S&B brass and factory ammo. I feel that it is obvious that this one round was over pressure. Another thing that happened with the same rifle. I have fired perhaps 200 rounds of both handloads and factory ammo. It consistently shoots about 5" high at 100 yards with the ladder sight set on 200 yards. Yesterday, I decided to fire a box of S&B factory ammo just to see how it grouped after I had gotten used to the rifle and was comforable with it. This ammo grouped well, but about 6" low. I have no idea why this ammo groups approx. a foot lower than every other round ever fired by me from this rifle. ????????
You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.
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