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Enfield Bleg

Dear Internet,

This Saturday, I shot the Enfield rifle. It’s sights are horribly out of alignment. Started at 25 yards just to see. The bullet landed about 50 yards out and about 10 yards to the left. How do I sight this thing in?

19 Responses to “Enfield Bleg”

  1. Paul Boughton Says:

    So does that mean at 25 yds you didn’t even hit the paper? Just for prospective, how large was the sheet? I don’t know that you can correct that much out of whack if you didn’t heit the paper at 25 yds. Unless you where shooting at a 3×5 card? Sounds like the rear sight got whacked.

  2. Gregory Morris Says:

    With a big hammer?

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Paul, I mean at 25 yards, the round was landing at 50 yards and 10 yards to the left. Target was an 8.5×11 sheet of paper.

    Greg, that’s what i was thinking. Just wanted to be sure.

  4. Paul Boughton Says:

    I agree with Greg. Sounds like a hammer got used for somehting. Either the front sight ramp or the rear leaf. Maybe check with Bore sighting tool or a straight edge to verify the rear notch and the front pin are in the same universe.

  5. Oldsmoblogger Says:

    With a big hammer?

    No, that’s the Mosin-Nagant Universal Tool. 🙂

  6. Dad Says:

    Shooter error

  7. SayUncle Says:

    heh. did the same thing no matter who shot it.

  8. Dad Says:

    shooters error

  9. Cactus Jack Says:

    Mount a scope. Problem SOLVED! 🙂

  10. Ride Fast Says:

    The Enfield. There’s like nine models in general and a brazillian subset variations. Sounds like the front site is way off for starters. Bore site, adjust, shoot. Repeat.

  11. Kristopher Says:

    It may have a really bad barrel. Severe crown erosion could do this … the bullets may be tumbling as soon as they leave the barrel.

    What model Enfield are we talking about here? And what ammo?

    Paki ammo is bad. Indian is even worse … I’m not sure it can even be trusted for malf drills.

    Slug the barrel. If it is .312, then you need a standard magazine and should be shooting .303, not .308.

  12. Oldsmoblogger Says:

    Sorry, forgot to add: You will need a brass punch and ball-peen hammer in Whitworth measure to properly adjust the front sight on the Enfield.

  13. TD Says:

    Start at the beginning, as they say.

    Get the gun nestled in sandbags or otherwise firmly secured. Take out the bolt. Look straight down the barrel and compare that to where the sights are pointing.

    To be missing by that much at such a short distance, you probably have GROSSLY misaligned sights (enough that it should be obvious from looking at the gun), a bent barrel, and/or a seriously screwed-up crown.

  14. Rivrdog Says:

    Before consigning the weapon as a wall-hanger, I’d use Kentucky windage and elevation to get the rifle on paper at 25 yards. If you can fire a group of ANY decent size (say 2″), it’s probably NOT the barrel, but is limited to sight misalignment. OTOH, if the rifle WILL NOT group, it’s the barrel (but that could also mean the wrong caliber). Fire a round into several cardboard boxes full of packed newspapers, and recover the bullet (or into water if you can do it safely) and examine the lower part of the bullet. If there is good land contact evenly around the bullet, and no multiple land-marks, the barrel is probably the right size, no need for the complex slugging process.

    These rifles are what? $165? Don’t spend too much money on it.

  15. Lyle Says:

    Take a good look at the crown too, just in case. Hammer, file, cinder block, whatever you have on hand for fine adjustments.

    Oh, and depending on the topography, you could put a bullet through the center of the bull’s eye and have it land 50, 100, or 1,000 yards from the target.

    Here’s somehting that might actually be useful:

  16. Les Jones Says:

    Sorry to hear it, Unc. I never shot the rifle, so I didn’t know how it would shoot. I remember one dog ear next to the front sight was bent. It’s possible the front site is bent or the sight assembly is canted.

  17. SayUncle Says:

    no big deal, les. I can probably get working.

  18. DAN ARE Says:

    Don’t forget the simple way to boresight-assuming you’ve checked that it’s not a rifling problem but is a bent sight, pull the bolt and visually align the bore with where the sights are aimed. Use a rest and simply shift your head up and down, do whatever you do to the sight (hammer) and check again. No sense wasting ammo until sights are roughly lined up with the view down the bore.

  19. DAN ARE Says:

    Oops, that was redundant redundant to TD. Sorry.

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