Restoring ANOTHER Enfield, and have No1*** questions

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  1. GooseGestapo

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    Sorry, but those aren’t M70 sights! They’re M700 Remington sights.
    Check the front sight for alignment. That’s what will cause misalignment .

    Hopefully you get it straightened out.
     
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  2. gotboostvr

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    Man, that turned out pretty. I sure hope you can get the sights sorted out and get it shooting as good as it looks!
     
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  3. DisgruntledPatriot

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    These are the first shots I have taken since I have restored it.
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    Those are four separate groups. I don't think the barrel is bent. I would have seen that when it was spinning in the lathe. I had the crocus cloth in my fingers at 500 rpm's at the muzzle end when it was in the lathe at the chamber 19 inches away. I didn't feel any wobble.
     
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  4. DisgruntledPatriot

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    I see what you're looking at. The sight is true, that's just me holding a cell phone with one hand and the rifle with the other. The rifle was a little cock-eyed in the photo. rear sight finished.jpg
     
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  5. DisgruntledPatriot

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    Also, that last group was rushed, 3 minutes till range closing, with a hot barrel and to be perfectly honest, A better set of glasses could have helped.

    That up and down stringing is completely a breathing control issue under time.
     
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  6. DisgruntledPatriot

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    Honestly, I think a shorter sight blade, drifted slightly to the left will solve a lot of the issues. I will be polishing the trigger contact surfaces with jeweler's rouge and a dremel tool. maybe that will help tighten it up a bit.

    To be honest, I had forgotten about the difference between POI and POA at short range. I'm just going with a shorter sight blade to get back some of the adjustment range in my rear sight.
     
  7. GooseGestapo

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    A little drifting of both front and rear sights will get you centered.
    I’d call it good!

    I have an Interarms MkX Mauser in .30/06. The iron sights have always required the front and rear sights to be drifted to almost the maximum range of lateral drift to center the groups. But, it’s a sub MOA tack driver, so 46yrs later, the sights are still the same...
     
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  8. robin banks

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    I am no machinist but was a rough framer for 45 years and when I put open sites on I ran a string from the center of the back and front of the receiver to the end of the barrel. had no lathe no machinist tools
     
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  9. GooseGestapo

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    From the pics, they looked good.
    Remember, the bore isn’t necessarily co-axial to the outside of the barrel.
    The barrel was likely “straightened” in the manufacturing process.

    Drift the rear sight a bit to the right, and front to the left. Likely it’ll center just fine!!!

    FWIW; Enfields typically shoot better with barrel pressure or full length bedding.
    There is an excellent thread on accurizing Enfields at castboolits.com - cast boolits in military rifles.

    I even have a Remington M700Tactical w/20” bull barrel that demands upward stock pressure at the fore-end.
    Midway has .312” 174gr BT-FMJ Hornady blems on sale.
     
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  10. DisgruntledPatriot

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    After I polish the drag out of the trigger (it is every bit a military two stage) I will put in a shorter front sight blade, drift left and the rear slider right. I will then shoot three groups each with a pressure point on the front of the barrel channel, and without a pressure point. I'll then average the group size and see what we get.

    What do you recommend for a temporary pressure point in the barrel channel?
     
  11. GooseGestapo

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    Business cards are the typical answer, but I’ve found corrugated cardboard to be required if the gap is really large. 12-15 lbs of upward pressure is typically recommended.

    Go easy on the trigger. The parts are flash or Case hardened and hardening is only surface deep.
    Personally I don’t find a two stage trigger an issue as long as it’s got a smooth predictable let off.
    Don’t forget more pics!

    Based on the most recent pictures, I’m not sure you need to shorten the front sight. You appear to have a lot more elevation available.
     
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  12. DisgruntledPatriot

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    So how do I go about measuring forearm pressure on the barrel?
     
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  13. GooseGestapo

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    Fish scale, cord
    It’s really trial and error...
    If one thickness of card slips between barrel and stock, put two, then shoot. If it improves, try three...
    You’ll figure it out.
     
  14. DisgruntledPatriot

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    Well, after installing a shorter front sight, drift the front to the left and the rear to the right, as well as three layers of poster board (thanks, Goose) under the barrel, what I got at 25yards was this:
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    Shot with this old stuff:
    IMG_20220925_201906000.jpg IMG_20220925_220220150.jpg

    Pakistan surplus. I'm going to acra-glass the barrel channel to provide barrel pressure, shoot again with better ammo and call it good.
     
  15. GooseGestapo

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    The Privi Partisan as sold by Grafs.com is good stuff! Excellent reloadable brass.
    The only more accurate ammunition I’ve found is Hornady with a .312” 174gr BTHPT Match bullet. I load it’s equivalent with 43.0gr of BLC2 in PPU ofb.
    I took 2nd place at the last Vintage Military Match I shot at CMP Talladega. I shot roughly 2moa at 200yds. (Except OFFal Hand!). I was beat by gentleman next to me shooting a Savage No.4 Mk2 with a Whitworth match target rear sight and using Sierra .311” 174gr Match Kings a undeciferable charge of IMR4064.
    IIRCC he shot a 95 on the offhand position! We were shooting against several Swiss G11’s and several’03 Springfields. He shot a 99/100 at the prone and was moaning about it!
    He also won the vintage sniper match.
    With a .303! Who woulda thunk it!
     
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  16. DisgruntledPatriot

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    I have the entire barrel channel acra-glassed, and am just waiting for it to cure. Few more days. I have a partial box of privi factory ammo with the 174 boat tail bullet, should be sufficient for the final test shoot..

    I am confident that with the pressure applied to the barrel, and ammo that isn't a borderline hangfire every shot, the groups are about to get small.

    Hell, even if the groups stay the same, multiply 3/4 times four and you get three inches. That is a perfectly acceptable group for a hundred yards with iron sights.

    THEN, she gets cleaned within an inch of her life, and I case her up and work on the 1917 Enfield 30-06 I just picked up for a song.

    I swear I'm cursed with Enfields. I only wanted one, now it looks like I may end up with four.
     
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