Fired my new Enfield #4 Mk1 today


May 23, 2003, 09:05 AM
So I finally took my recently purchased #4 to the range this morning. The free range I use is limited to 35 yards, but this was fine since I wanted to see how the rifle was grouping.

Firing from the prone resulted in a 3" group about 10" low and 5" right. I was able to bring the windage over a couple of inches simply by being more careful with my trigger pull, but the elevation correction had to be done manually. Aiming at point approximately 10" above the target resulted in a good group.

When I bought the rifle, there was an almost identical #4 sitting right next to it. It was ten dollars less and I pored over the two rifles, trying to figure out the price difference. Finally I decided on the more expensive one ($199). However, I thought that I'd purchased the rifle with a 0.30 front sight blade. Today I realized that my rifle actually has a 0.60 front sight blade. Time to hit the books and find out which sight to use.

I also discovered that my rifle doesn't like Remington UMC brand .303 for some reason. The bold either won't strip the round from the magazine or it will slip, jamming the round and damaging the case. Sellier & Bellot, however, resulted in no functions problems whatsoever.

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Lone Star
May 23, 2003, 09:23 AM
Remington .303 ammo that I've seen has a roundnose bullet. Sptizer (pointed) bullets approximating the shape of Mk. VII British ball ammo often feeds better. Try Winchester, Federal, or Norma ammo.

Lone Star

May 23, 2003, 10:12 AM
It should shoot better than 3" at that distance......try the Federal 150 gr. SP's.......mine shoots the 150 gr. ammo much better than the 174 gr............

May 23, 2003, 10:36 AM
Both of mine shoot Lymans 314299 cast bullet, better than any jacketed bullet. (a little slower though)

May 23, 2003, 12:12 PM
Unless your #4 is a total wornout rifle it should shoot under 4" groups at 100 yards and under 1.5" at 35. If the gun shoots low can't you raise the rear sight or does it have the simple L-shaped flip sight?

Andrew Wyatt
May 23, 2003, 01:39 PM
he needs to zero it using the front sight. moving the rear means he's zeroed for that distance only and then the sight graduations don't work.

I use PMC .303 exclusively. i'd zero your gun with the 174 grain fodder it was designed for and then see where it shoots with the 150s.

May 23, 2003, 05:25 PM
I have the older-style fully adjustable micrometer rear sight. Today I was using the large aperature. I was firing from the unsupported prone. If I'd supported the rifle with my ruck or something I'd expect better groupings.

Oleg Volk
May 23, 2003, 06:04 PM
UMC ball ammo doesn't confirm to the standard 303 dimensions, AFAIK...won't work in clips at all.

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