I finally got around to shooting my 1941 K31 (Aim Surplus $59 special) at Teneroc. I was fairly surprised by my results as it was the first time using my St. Marie clamp-on with a fairly decent scope. Anyway, here's some scans of one target (its a 5-in-1 target so these were all shot consecutively
1.145" center to center
1.000" center to center
1.115" center to center
1.500" center to center
These were all shot at 100 yards with the following specs.
165 Grain Sierra Gameking HPBT
Winchester .284 brass
Winchester LR primers (blue box)
IMR 4064 powder
All rounds individually weighed, measured
Hot barrel, I shot all these groups in approximately 10 minutes.
YMMV, but I'll stick with the swisses.....
Forgot to add that this was my first time reloading for rifle cartridges.
please post pics of the setup. thanks.
I would think if the headspace, and bore are nearly perfect (as most K31s are), you'd get better groups than that, but that is still pretty good for a surplus rifle.
I didn't really use a SOLID rest. That was front bag only and using my left hand squeezed in a fist to change elevation. Also, that was my first batch of reloads and I'll concentrate my reloading efforts on 39-41 grn now to see how it goes.
Also I didn't cool down the barrel between any shots, both my k31 and K11 were plenty hot by the time I paused to let them cool.
We'll see how it does when I pay more attention to my form and bag it more solidly.
Ahh, I was expecting you'd get groups like that shooting open sights! I bet if you had a more stable rest, you'd tighten them groups up good!
I have two K31s I have not shot yet... I feel like I'm being very remiss... I'm going to have to get some ammo soon! (hello, WOLF!?!?!)