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    monty

    Jan 2005
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    Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    Kinda' got away from it since I started metal detecting. I have a collection of WWI and WWII foreign military bolt action rifles and shoot in competition regularly at my gun club. I haven't entered this year, but when I am active I am pretty salty for an old fart. Usually finish in the top five or ten and have won a couple of matches. I shoot a 1916 Swedish Mauser in 6.5X55 Swede, and handload all my own ammo. I have been reloading for all my weapons for about 40 years and have reloading equipment for nearly any contemporary cartridge except the very recent .45 and .50 caliber magnum handguns and rifles. Big boomers don't turn me on and I much prefer the old timey reliable rounds. I even have a WWI Russian 7.62 revolver that is comparable to our .32 long colt. Enjoy plinking as well. I go deer hunting every fall and have never taken a deer with anything but one of my handloads. I was going to try to take a deer with every one of my military bolt actions and did with my 6.5 Swede and my 7.62 Russian, but my eyes got too bad for open sights in the woods. Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

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    Aug 2007
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    I recently began restoring a 1917 lee enfield No1 MkIII, that had been sporterized probably 50 years ago. at least they didn't cut the barrel or remove the sights. just removed all the "military hardware" and cut the front of the stock.
    so far I've been real lucky with parts.
    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GRAVITY........
    THE EARTH JUST SUCKS!

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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    i have had both a 30-06 built on a mauser action and a lee enfield 303 british from WW2 -- ( fulll military stock heavy bugger) --- gave it to my nephew as his first deer gun when he was a young 18 year old and needed a "loaner" gun to hunt with at deer camp --- the mauser sadly was sold when things got tight once --- my current deer gun is a real keeper--- it is a old remington model 721 in .270 win -- in fine shape well kept up and a great shooter ---seems the original owner sent it in and had a target barrel job done on it by the factory --(that cost big bucks !! )--- back in the days when the custom guys were ex military armors from WW2 who had worked there at remington for many years after the war --- a very top flight job -- its still dead on target . -- Ivan

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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    i have only gone shooting twice in my life but i found it to be really enjoyable. i can see what would draw you to the hobby.
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    monty

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    Although there are some team competition events, most shooting competition is a solitary sport. It's just you against everyone else. Sometimes as little as a thousandth of an inch can determine the difference between a win and a loss. The best attribute for a good competative shooter is good eyes. Once the eyes start to go, you can very seldom remain a top contender. Besides I enjoy the reloading and experimenting with different loads and bullets to obtain the best accuracy the rifle is capable of delivering. Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  6. #6

    Dec 2005
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    Although I don't shoot military rifles competitively, I shoot trap and other shooting sports all my life. So many people don't speak up about the fun and really good things about hunting or shooting. I just needed to throw my 2 cents in. :-)

    Cheato :-)



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    Jul 2006
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    I've been hunting deer with a Lee Enfield No. 4 Mark I, in the original .303 British, for well over ten years. Very reliable, flat shooting, accurate, and fun! I also like that this gun was made in 1943, making it a bonafide war gun. It is a heavy sucker though.

    Davisdog.

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    Jun 2007
    Cleveland, TN
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    I deer hunt with a 1943 Lee Enfield No.4 Mk2 .303...I have modified it myself with a full synthetic Monte Carlo stock, Simmons Atec scope, and cut 4.5 inches off the barrel...its a tack driver at 100yards with out of the box UMC 180gr round nose boat-tails. I have never had to shoot more than one shot at a deer that I have taken with this rifle.

    I also like the old WWII rifles...they really knew what they were doing when they built them.


    Protecting the Family

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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    a hunting gun is one thing but a gun for war is a totally differant matter -- it had to be good since your life depended on it --- the british lee enfield .303 was a heavy beast but was solidly made ,held 10 rounds with out reloading and was one of the all time best bolt action guns, its very similar to the 30 -06 ballistics wise--- another high popular military gun that is / was converted for sporting use was the german bolt action mauser 8 mm rifle again its very similar to the 30-06 ballistics wise -- both rifles served in their military before and during WW1 and WW2 --- the old american 30-06 springfeild bolt action rifle is in a class by itself -- its considered by many to be the best of the best of bolt action military rifles. --- Ivan

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    Dec 2004
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    i want an '03 Springfield so bad
    they are like teeth on a chicken rare and expensive
    http://www.odcmp.com/
    All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others. -George Orwell

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    Dec 2004
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others. -George Orwell

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    da book worm--researcher

    Feb 2007
    callahan,fl
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    drool , drool

  13. #13
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    monty

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    The .03 and .03A1 Springfields are a modified version of the German 98 Mauser. It's no secret that Springfield took the basic Mauser action and made improvements to fit the needs of our military at the time. I agree they are the cream of the crop for military bolt action rifles probably only being challenged for the #1 spot by the Persian Mauser and going back to WWI, the Swedish Mauser. The military was selling several surplus Springfields last Summer through their Civilian Marksmanship Program. They were demanding top dollar, but well worth it from the ones I have seen. They are sold first come first served and you have no choice about which one they send you. Some are like new but others are pretty banged up. But all have bright shiney bores and are mechanically sound. Even if you are not a shooter, they are a good investment. If you luck out and buy one , please don't try to sporterize it. You will ruin it's resale value and intrinsic value and there are only so many left. If you want a hunting gun, buy a modern bolt action that is much better suited for hunting. I have hunted with my collectables but never modified them in any way. I have a battery of fine hunting rifles, but enjoyed the challenge of doing it the old way. Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  14. #14
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    Dec 2004
    Troy X5
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    thanks monty i value your advice on the issue 8)
    All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others. -George Orwell

  15. #15
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    Nov 2004
    Edwards,Missouri
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    Re: Competition Shooting - Military bolt action rifles

    I went to a military academy high school,and we carried and drilled with '03 Springfields.Dry-fired every day but only shot them a few times,we mostly shot 22's on the range.That school went away in the late 60's,but those rifles were in excellent condition for whoever ended up with them,about 450 of them.

 

 
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