Shooting my 102 year old rifle

gmerkt

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Austrian Army M1895, made in 1917, rechambered to 8x56R circa 1939. Long rifle with heavily pitted bore. Factory service ammunition dated 1938. Out of 30 rounds, four failed to fire. They were saved, I've already salvaged the components to re-use include conversion of the Berdan cases to accept Boxer primers.

100 yard target. Minute of angle grid.

This isn't the best shooting in the world. There is a core of a group there. 26 holes from 26 discharges. But then again, I'm not the best shooter in the world either. Original open sights. Considering the age of the rifle, I'd say it's still a lethal weapon. And that's one of the things that the gun-haters so dislike about firearms. Their relative permanence. Given even moderate care, they will last indefinitely.

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In case you missed it in another post, it's the upper rifle in the following picture:

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Very nice. One of my friends / colleagues has one of those and he likes it quite a bit; his laughter whilst shooting said is a combination of amusing and disturbing. I don't have a picture of my Pálinka-swilling goofball pall so armed, but how about a brunette with one of the Austro-Hungarian classics?

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And I lost my train of thought. Cheers, friends. :p
 
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I need to break out my old Steyr M95 too, one of these days. I don’t shoot mine with original ammo anymore though. That stuff really kicks in a light, short rifle! I shoot cast, gas checked, powder coated bullets in it. I haven’t shot it in years, need to get it out and see what it will do.

My oldest rifle is a Mosin-Nagant dated 1897, with a SIG barrel. My oldest gun is one I just bought- an H&R break open .32 revolver that I just bought for $100. It was made in 1891.
 
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gmerkt

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Previously in short M95 carbines I've fired better groups with handloads. Softer-shooting loads than factory military ammo. I like IMR 4895 for loading the 8x56R, but one of my better loads was with IMR 4320. Which might make some sense since the original cut sheet powder seems on the slow side. But waste not, want not, because I have about 800 plus rounds of the military stuff on hand that I got cheap. Should last a while.
 

bsa1917hunter

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Now come on. You make it look like 102 year old rifles don't shoot well. I'll have to disagree.. I shoot mine quite a bit. I may in fact, be shooting one of mine tomorrow, if things go right, like it did a couple years ago:
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They shoot quite nicely in fact:
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Accurate too? You can be the judge of that:
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Taking out the ol' 7mm rolling block tomorrow. Shot decent last time, even with these older eyes & having to do the Kentucky windage thing cause the front sight was so far off. Still, managed to hit an 8" steel plate at 100 yds last 10 shots so I was happy. Just picked up a Martini Cadet to try out too. More fun with ancient relics :)
 

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Very nice. One of my friends / colleagues has one of those and he likes it quite a bit; his laughter whilst shooting said is a combination of amusing and disturbing. I don't have a picture of my Pálinka-swilling goofball pall so armed, but how about a brunette with one of the Austro-Hungarian classics?

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And I lost my train of thought. Cheers, friends. :p
Works for me! :s0152::s0155:
Still have my brother's '95 Chilean Mauser around here somewhere.
Mine's got the bent over bolt handle and the cut down stock.
It's a little older, though. We're thinking around 124 years old now. =)

Dean

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