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    Posted: April 17 2017 at 10:23am
Not sure if this is where to ask this. Am currently reloading for  sporterised BSA No 1 Mk 111 That has a Parker - Hale barrel on it.
Best groups so far are 2 " or slightly less. My question is should I keep trying for a better load or is this as good as it will ever be?
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It appears you haven't been swamped with replies, Mr Mauser. :-)
 
I'd say that was very good as is, if range is 100 yards.  If it were me, (being curious and all that,)  I'd still try and improve but there is nothing wrong with that as is for a sporting rifle!   Most guns shoot better than we can hold them so enjoy it as you go.
 
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How many rounds in the group?
Group size expands with more shots.

Handloads or factory?
Handloads frequently beat factory.


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I do 3 shot groups as I go up in powder. Usually wait 1 minute between shots and then walk down and measure the groups. When I get a load I like I will do 3-3 shot groups for a hunting rifle and 2-5 shot groups with a varmint rifle. This is all done off a benchrest with shooting bags in my backyard at 100 yards.
The rifle I am using is in Aftermarket Enfields as my second Lee Enfield. Am not done with this gun yet and will try more combinations.
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That's pretty good. Maybe one more tight ring round (+/- 2/10 Gr) to test for a sweet spot.
I can get 2" for 10-rounds @100yd. out of my No4 so maybe there's a little extra yet. Those rounds are precision loaded (primer uniformed, neck sized, reamed chamferd & so on) with all brass & bullets individually weighed)so there's eventually a rule of diminishing returns to consider.

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Dear Mausernut,
Sorry this is late. 
I am brand new here but I feel I have had some experience so here goes from NZ. You do not say how many rounds, factory, miltary or reloads or if iron sights or scope.
I will assume you have a bright shiney bore and good iron sights and that you can shoot.

2" for a five shot group is about what the rifle is capable of if in good condition, off a rest with commercial ammo.
I once thought "that was that" for LE accuracy until I bumped into 'Chris' one day at the range and watched his No4 scoped match rifle (.308) clean up everyone else including myself in a general CF Rifle match at 100yd. I was really impressed with it. And the trigger was original but 'tuned'. His group was truly tiny.

So there you go. 
I will add that often these lovely smooth old rifles will shoot gas checked lead bullets better than jacketed. And I would be careful (get a magnet) to avoid steel pills too.
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This gun has been sporterised by Parker Hale. It was a BSA but the barrel is Parker Hale, and it has a Parker Hale side mount on it. Bushnell Elite 3200 3 x 9 on it. I think it should do better than that. There are pictures of it in After Market Enfields.

Problem is my range  time is zero right now as it is seeding time. Working long hours 7 days a week.
If things keep going the way they are we will be done in another week.  
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Depending on the state of the barrel I'd expect 1" or thereabouts at 100 yards
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Found part of my problem. Some idiot who shall remain nameless wasn't thinking (me). I bought some new brass for this gun as I had to throw out the brass I was using because of imminent web separation. Reloaded some of the brass I had fired in this gun that was neck sized and got much better groups. One is as low as .25", unless I missed the target completely with one bullet. Next best group is 1.25". Much happier with these results.
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