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    My other O3A3 is an all original 1943 Remington. It too is a 2 groove with scant stock. The upper hand guard is cracked so as a college kid I repaired it with epoxy. I am currently playing with some original FA 1932 manufacturered FA70 .30 caliber primers. Using IMR 4064 and Hornady 150 FMJ. I am still conducting science and will get some chronograph numbers once winter goes away. But, last month I fired 40 rounds of those evil corrosive primers. With a hot and fouled barrel I put 5 bullets into 1.5 inches. So far so good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazykarl View Post
    My other O3A3 is an all-original 1943 Remington. It too is a 2 groove with scant stock. The upper hand guard is cracked so as a college kid I repaired it with epoxy. I am currently playing with some original FA 1932 manufactured FA70 .30 caliber primers. Using IMR 4064 and Hornady 150 FMJ. I am still conducting science and will get some chronograph numbers once winter goes away. But last month I fired 40 rounds of those evil corrosive primers. With a hot and fouled barrel, I put 5 bullets into 1.5 inches. So far so good.
    Ah, that's very cool! I actually have like 1500 older Winchester primers and when I contacted them, they said that yes, they were corrosive. I can't bring myself to dispose of them, so I will keep them in a cool dark place, LOL Shooting them out of a bolt gun would not be an issue, just clean them after you finish, I wouldn't use them in my M1s cuz its more of a pain to clean with the gas system and all. It's 45 degrees and sunny up my way today and really wanted to hit the range but just couldn't get motivated, still, Feb and it's gonna get crappy again but it's supposed to be 55 then 60 degrees on Wed/Thursday so I will pick one of those days. Keep us posted on how she keeps shooting I'm intrigued by those older corrosive primers' performance.

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    A major burden to be caretakers of those fine old rifles. Hug um & love um. I'm in envy !!

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    Hit the range again today. Brought the 1903A3, my mixmaster 1903, and 2 M1s. Shot just over 200 rounds, roughly 140 through the M1s and 60 through the bolt action rifles.

    It is significantly easier for me to shoot an M1 than either of the 1903s. I have a heck of a time finding those skinny front sights against the targets. The 'A3 is better with its larger peep closer to the eye, but both are challenging.

    The A3's stock seems noticeably shorter than the scant (semi-pistol grip) stock on my 1903 or the M1. Both bolt rifles seem to have a tad more recoil than the M1s, but they don't really thump too bad. You have to remember not to wrap your thumb around the grip on the '03s unless you enjoy hitting yourself in the nose.

    The bolt guns and my chromed late production M1 ran fine, my 1943 Garand seemed a little picky about feeding the 6th round occasionally. I need to look at it.

    They are not cheap to feed, but I had a lot of fun!

    Andy

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    Andy,

    What ammunition are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazykarl View Post
    Andy,

    What ammunition are you using?
    Surplus M2 ball.

    Not a great pic:



    Andy
    Last edited by AndyLate; 03-27-23 at 06:48.

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    AL, if you reload, try to find H4895 and look at Hodgdons reduced load data with H4895, makes it easy on the shoulder. Nice rifles!
    GET IN YOUR BUBBLE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark5pt56 View Post
    AL, if you reload, try to find H4895 and look at Hodgdons reduced load data with H4895, makes it easy on the shoulder. Nice rifles!
    I do reload and need to quit being lazy about it. I have a couple pounds of 4895 and some 4064 as well. Since the ranges I have easy access to are limited to 200 yards, I have been thinking about the 125 gr service rifle loads as well as the standard 150 gr.

    Andy

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    Those reduced loads with H4895 make you laugh each time as they are mild, I recall getting a .308 bolt going 21-2200 fps with a 125 pro hunter for my daughter when she first started. Plus it makes the whole experience enjoyable without getting hammered.
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    Even though I never felt like I was getting beat up, I am a little surprised that I was neither bruised or more than vaguely stiff yesterday or today. Thats a lot more 30-06 than I usually shoot in a day. I wasn't even flinching noticeably at the end when my '43 Garand decided it was done for the day and stopped feeding.

    Andy

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