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    Got some more work done on the Enfield and it's coming around real good. After getting the fore stock tightened up I looked into the dodgy magazine. It had a tendency to jam up after 2/3 rounds so I bought a repro. Then I notice the original is missing a piece, the mag aux. spring. Got that and a few other bits from ssporters.com. I use a recoil pad, so when I saw they have a 1/2" shorter butt stock for $20 I grabbed one. New birch, nice looking chunk of wood.
    Took it to the range yesterday and happy with the groups. Shooting at around 27 paces. Started with the pop can loads which were around 8" at 50yrds. the last time I shoot it. Yikes lol! Yesterday they were under 2". That rifle must have a really tall front sight. At 100yd on the ladder sight they were below the bottom of the target. At 200yd they got on the paper. Then I ran 10 of the 123 FMJ's with 400yd. on the sight and that was close to POA which was a 6 o'clock hold.

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    Then I tried running the M16 again. Jammed on the first round. I worked on it some today and think it might be that IMI ammo. It will chamber but not fall out on it's own with gravity. Tried some steel case Wolf that fell right out, and my reloads will also fall out. The chamber isn't rough but must be on the tight side. On the bright side, the one round I got off was just a couple clicks of windage off POA. Almost got the irons dialed in with 3 rounds.

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    Spring is finally here. It's warm enough to go shooting, if the range was open. That snow we got last week dumped 8" north of here. My local range is in a county park, and less than a stones throw from the river, which is now flooded. Should be open middle of next week. So, I got some gear sorted last night. I've never used the spotting scope for prone, so figured I should get a setup process down now as to not waste range time. I like that Midway shooting mat. I don't feel like getting grungy at the range any more and it was on sale for $40. I then put in 30 minutes of dry fire practice which I sorely need.

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    Fortune smiles upon me. They're having trouble getting forgings (raw gear blanks) at work, so they're paying me to keep away for this week lol! What to do? Work on the bikes and go shooting of course! My local range will be under water for at least a week, so went the the only other range around here about 20 miles east. Haven't been there for at least 15 years, and it looked the same.
    There was 1 old boy there, shooting a Mosin in a black plastic stock. Hopeing to swap load info, but he said he had around 8K of surplus at home that would last longer than him lol! I get the M16 out for 1 more try. Put 3 Wolf .223 55g FMJ's in a mag. I'll be damned if they didn't cut the same hole! Tried 3 Wolf .223 62g HP's next. Not nearly as accurate, but ran fine. Next I tried 3 reloads, 55g FMJ's over 23g of H335. Better than the 62g's and ran fine. Then I tried that IMI M193 that I've had trouble with last 2 times out. Jammed on the first shot trying to load the second. The gun runs fine, but hates that IMI stuff. Damn, I bought 900 rounds lol! When you get a lemon, make lemonade. I brought my Ruger M77 just in case. I've read pages about shooting 5.56 in a .223, so let's see what the hubbub is all about. Sent one down, and the bolt opened like it always does. Primer shows no signs of over pressure. I needed some brass for the next experiment so put all 60 of the IMI to use reducing every piece of clay pigeon I could see on the 100yd berm to less than the size of a quarter. Had the scope dialed in at 25 paces so had the aim about 2-2 1/2" low.
    While this is going on, the old boy puts the Mosin away, and gets out a 6 digit Springfield M1A. Too cool! I tell him hold on, I have a new one I haven't shot yet and could you spot my first 3 brass? No problem he says. They landed about 2 o'clock 7' away. This thing doesn't throw brass too far, bonus. He's packing up to go so we chat about work for awhile. He worked where I do and retired in 95.
    So then I emptied 3 20's, and 1 ten round out of the M14. Awesome rifle platform! Best iron sights I've ever used, not that the targets show that lol! I'm blaming that on the cataracts. I'm going back tomorrow morning. I forgot the scope! Doh! I need more brass anyway, and now the irons are mostly dialed in. I want to break in that new shooting mat and bipod shooting 100yd with the scope. I also want to see how that Golden Tiger stuff shoots in the AK.
    Now, I'm off for another beer and to see where my sparks went on the RD400. Stranded me 1/2 mile from home Saturday. Pretty sure the kill switch died. Did get the head bearings greased, new fork gaiters, and fork oil in the A1 yesterday. That steering had more notches in it that Wyatt Earp's favorite SAA!

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    Being overjoyed that M16 actually works, last nights and this mornings learning experience was seeing how these lego for adults rifles are put together and change some parts. Got the hand guards on last night. Found out those big blue handled pliers are the tool for getting the guards off and on. They also fixed the one part that didn't cooperate. The flash hider crush washer was way crushed. Had to oil the threads and screw it off. It's toast, but going to get replaced when the 3 prong hider gets here.
    This morning I replaced that crappy trigger with a 4lb. Velocity unit. Way better!
    I also looked into why it won't run the IMI ammo. Case neck diameter was coming in at .253-.254. The Wolf was at .250-.251. I'm still thinking the chamber is on the tight side. I'm certainly not recommending anyone do this, but I looked to see if I had a die to tighten up those case necks and found my .223 neck sizing die without the primer punch tightened a few enough they would actually fit in the Hornady case gage. Doesn't say much for IMI's quality control. Anyone else having problems with IMI ammo? I still need to measure and try running the the 62g. M855 ammo. I've only tried the 55g. M193 so far thru the Ruger, but think the 62g. longer bullets might show overpressure in the .223 chamber.

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