Enfield help please


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Glock Glockler
November 9, 2003, 11:35 PM
I just bought an Ishipore Enfield in .308 that I am very satisfied with except for the fact that it is printing rather high and to the right. The rear sight is all the way down, so there's nothing that can be done in that area immediately, but the front sight is definately set very leftward.

Anyone know what might be able to remedy that?

Thanks

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444
November 10, 2003, 12:07 AM
I don't have an Ishipore, but I have several .303 Enfields. The front sight is in a dovetail. You simply tap the front sight using a brass punch and a hammer. You move the front sight in the opposite direction you want the bullet impact to move. It is shooting to the right, so you need to move it further to the left.
If your gun shoots high, the front sight is to short. Originally, Enfields had a number of different front sights so that you could zero the rifle. Where you would find them today, I have no idea. If you find out, let me know. I would love to have four or five of them. In the mean time, you will just need to use Kentucky windage for the elevation or you can try to develop a handload that shoots to point of aim at some given range and live with it.

Jim K
November 10, 2003, 12:18 AM
Hi, 444 and Glockler,

Correct on moving the front sight in the opposite direction from the way you want the bullet strike to move. But the rifle is shooting to the right, so you want to move the strike to the left. That means moving the sight to the right. The fact that it is noticeably to the left is the reason the rifle is shooting to the right.

Jim

444
November 10, 2003, 12:21 AM
I knew when I was typing that, that it was inevitable that I would screw it up. But don't say I am not versatile because I screw it up for real also, even when I am trying to talk myself through it.

Bill Hook
November 10, 2003, 12:22 AM
Check to see if there is a witness mark on the front sight where it meets the dovetail, which is usually a punch or chisel indentation. It they line up, then start drifting and checking at the range; if they don't, then odds are good that putting them back into alignment will correct the problem.

There are windage adj. sights to be found for SMLEs (I have one, but not for sale) that would run around $30-$40, when you come across one. Additionally, they are for .303, so they may not be appropriately regulated for .308, though it's usually the front sight that does that.

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