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    Posted: October 05 2018 at 12:36pm
Having had good success with my scoped No. 4 Mk 2 with CA 7.62 mm barrel, I decided to set it up for target shooting. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to use it in the CMP Vintage military matches since it is not “as issued”. It now wears a PH 5c apature sight with 1/4 minute elevation and windage knobs fitted. The forend has a mid-bearing for the barrel and free floating forward of the barrel bearing. I’m going to see how well it shoots out to 600 yards and perhaps shoot it in the less formal matches that are not as restrictive.

The barrel was brand new when I got the rifle from my Dad, he had the 7.62 barrel installed by the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association armorer in 1965, having paid $20 for the rifle and $30 for the 7.62 barrel. He never shot the rifle. I’ve put a few hundred rounds thru it.

Here’s how it shot at 200 yards off the bench with scope. I’m quite pleased with the accuracy, a 3.0 inch 10 shot group at 200 yards. The load is 168 gr SMK, 40.5 gr. Re 15. Oddly, the No. 4 rifles converted to 7.62 had a reputation for poor accuracy at the short ranges, which was eventually resolved with a heavy 4 lb barrel.



I ended up getting a second No. 4 Mk 2 recently, also with a CA 7.62 mm barrel, belonging to a friend of Dads. Dad has had this rifle since 1972 and we put 40 rounds thru it back in 2002. It was also set up for match shooting. This barrel has less than 200 rounds thru it.   I had another 7.62 mm magazine which I just fitted today. Fitted with a PH 5c rear sight with 1/2 minute elevation and windage knobs.

I plan to shoot both of these 7.62 conversions prone with sling with hand loads and considering selling or trading one of these rifles.   I will post pics of the groups shot prone when I get back out to the range.

Here are my three No. 4 rifles:

Top -       No. 4 Mk 2,    7.62 PF 1950
Middle -   No. 4 Mk 2,    7.62 UF 1956
Bottom - No. 4 Mk I*/3, .303 LB 1944


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Spent the day at the range, shot both No. 4 Mk 2 rifles in 7.62 NATO. Both shoot remarkably well.

First, the UF 1956 stocked up with a mid-bearing (barrel bedding at the forend middle band location and free floating forward of that. This is 10 rounds prone with sling at 300 yards, center to center spread is 5.5 inches (1.8 MOA). The 10 ring is 7 inches in diameter (2.33 MOA), X ring 3.0 inches (1 MOA).



Then moved out to 600 yards, I held shot #9 too way long and pulled it left, that was me, not the rifle. 9/10 grouped within 1.6 MOA. 10 ring is 12 inches in diameter (2 MOA).



Next, the PF 1950, this barrel has a support at the muzzle, I’ve not removed the forend yet, so I don’t know if there is another barrel bearing point.   I shot this rifle at 200 yards, also prone with sling. Extreme spread was 4.5 inches. I came up on the rear sight 1 MOA after the first shot. Excluding the first shot, the remaining 9 grouped at 3.0 inches (1.5 MOA). 10 ring is 7 inches (3.5 MOA), X ring is 3 inches (1.5 MOA). Ran out of time to shoot this rifle at 300 and 600 yards, but I expect it will be a shooter.



Overall, I’m very pleased with these rifles. The rifle and ammo is shooting approx 1 MOA for 10 rounds, I’m adding about another 1 MOA to that shooting prone.

I did no load development. The load was in the low-mid range for .308 in the Sierra 5th Edition loading manual:

Case: DI 62
Primer: WLR
Powder: 40.0 gr Varget
Bullet: 168 gr Sierra MatchKing
OAL: 2.80 in.

Velocity likely around 2470 fps based on Sierra load table corrected for barrel length.










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