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    Posted: October 11 2019 at 4:27pm
Last Sunday morning my dad and I did some shooting. He was seeing where his '39 BSA No 1 Mk III* was hitting and trying out the Savage No 4 I worked on for him. I was using my 1917 Winchester M1917. Sighting it so it's ready for deer season. It took a bit for both of us to settle in but once I did I pulled off a couple shots that surprised me. The two circled rounds were part of a 3 shot group. The third round was higher but straight above these two. Of course I had to pull one. Still, it's nice to see what this rifle is capable of. This rifle does still have it's 1917 dated barrel and wasn't a WW 2 rework. Ammo was Federal Fusion with 165 gr bullet. Range was 100 yards, front rest, open sights.

My dad's Savage was interesting. Having put on a micrometer rear sight we found it was shooting very low. My dad tried S&B first and that was keyholing. So he tried some Wolf Gold and the rifle liked that, although it was still shooting very low. He had to set the rear sight to 600 to get it up enough to score. All in all it was a lot of fun.




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hoadie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 11 2019 at 5:37pm
UMmmm.. aint you supoosed to b snowbound?
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The storm didn't hit my area too hard. The worst is further Northwest of me. Got about 5" of snow is all.
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Snow? In Manitoba, we are in blizzard conditions. 6" so far, another 6" to come over night. I just got in from using the snow blower. It was like moving water as it's just above freezing.
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Bear, my advice is to enjoy every every opportunity to shoot with your Dad while you can.  My Dad was an active LE shooter back in the ‘50s and ‘60s.  He is now 88 years of age and I fear we have had our last days shooting together.  I can get him out to check on me but I haven’t been able to get him behind the trigger in a few years now.  I still have a photo up in my loading room with him behind the No. 4(T) taken about 20 years ago...




Nice shooting M1917!  I’ve not been able to find one as of yet to add to my collection. 

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dittos that , i lost mine in 2000 and he and i had not shot together in a few years at that time , i miss that - trying to be better about getting out with my kids but it is hard with all of our schedules , 

i do love the P14/M17 rifles , the perfect blend between an enfield and a springfield for those of us that love both , 
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I agree get the shooting & chinwagging in while you can! The worst that could happen is you'll create more memories!

I was amazed how susceptible to slight changes in load could effect POI! When I was sighting in the SMLE & the AGP sight I started out with Mk VII ball, once zeroed I switched to my 180 gr handloads at a similar, but slightly lower (100fps or so) velocity. The POI @ 100yds shifted 8" UP!
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