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cast .316 213 gr NOE ww. Gas checked and sized .314 then powder coated with Eastwood green. Shake and bake method. Slightly flared case mouth then 28 gr of h4895 win LRP.  1968 FPS. Liking this load first three 3/4” group at 45 yds ( range still wet) then got off the bench and kneeling no sling 1 1/2” group. Standing with sling  (let’s just say, it’s not the rifle that’s the problem) at least I called them bad before I walked down and verified that I was right about something today.... lol. 
So I just finished loading up 40 more. 
Lessons learned: no surprise here, as many before me have said. The rifle will shoot cast fairly well as long as no copper fouling exist in the bore. No leading of the barrel was observed.. that’s good. 
Lesson #2 I am spoiled to nice triggers and magnified glass on rifles... so I definitely learned that I need to practice... v notch, heavy triggers and my old eyes.... yeah right! We shall see. One can hope ?????? Oh and that short stock with slick brass butt plate that is helping as well. Like they say “ if it was easy it wouldn’t be fun and everybody could do it!”  
Enjoy the journey!
If the range will dry up I’ll get it mowed and see what these loads will do at 100/200 yds off the bench. 

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If your shooting 1 1/2 inch group in kneeling position at 45 yards, there is certainly nothing wrong with the rifle or the load and you are well above the average shooter.  In the standing position?  Well, if you can hold a 6 MOA 10 shot group, you are doing very well.  Hold a 4 MOA group and you are a champion. Your quite right, it’s not about the rifle or the load, it’s about the skill of the shooter. 

I’m shooting in a CMP Vintage Military Rifle match next weekend which will be a 50 round course of fire: 20 rounds prone slow fire, 10 rounds prone rapid fire, 10 rounds sitting rapid fire and 10 rounds standing slow fire.  This is all at 200 yards on the NRA SR Target.  I’ve not shot sitting rapid before with the No. 4 rifle, all the VMR CMP matches I’ve shot over the last 5 years are the 30 round course of fire and that does not include the sitting rapid fire stage. I had to work out the sitting position in dry fire this week at home.  I went thru several iterations during the week to find a comfortable position with a stable Natural Point of Aim.  I found that I had to cant the rifle about 10 degrees to the right.  I initially had a lot of abdominal pulse causing the front sight to move vertically about 4 MOA at my heart rate. I think my new position has eliminated this.   I’m heading to the range to tomorrow to test it out.  

I must admit, cast bullet loads for the CMP matches is intriguing, but I am wondering how much that will change my head/eye position on the stock to get a solid cheek weld due to the increase in rear sight elevation needed for shooting lower velocity loads.  The benefit is that it reduces cost of shooting considerably and extends barrel life dramatically. 

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When you are ready. There is a tried and true method of smoothing out that heavy trigger pull...
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I worked the trigger down on my No. 4 shooter to just over 3.5 lbs, which is the minimum allowable for VMR matches.  I actually got a verbal warning at the last match because it would not pass the trigger weight.  The armorer checking trigger pull weight was lifting the rifle too quickly and it tripped the trigger with the 3.5 lb weight.  

With training and practice, it really doesn’t make much difference if you have a 3 lb or 5 lb trigger.  The important part is that it releases without any creep.  I can say that I have lost more points because I had a trigger too light that too heavy. This is particularly noticeable when shooting several rifles with different trigger weights, I tend to pull shots early on the light weight triggers. 


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I could never compete in any VMR, CMP or what have you. I like shooting my rifles my way and my rifles adjusted to me and my shooting capabilities. You are correct in the sense that with continued practice and training, it really doesn't matter if you have a 3 or 5 pound trigger pull. But why work harder? To me thats like digging a swimming pool with a spoon.
All of my Enfields have near identical trigger pulls so I never have an issue with pulling shots too soon or too late. Being able to shoot how I want to allows me a more pleasurable shooting experience in the long run. With all the rules and regulations you must adhere to at a VMR or CMP match, sounds like more of a nuisance than being pleasurable. But, that's just me and to each his own...
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britrifles there is no skill here that was only 3 shots kneeling  group.... could’ve been dumb luck. My standing shots were only 6 shots and one of those wasn’t even on the paper ... just playing around now that I know the load and rifle is capable. Never have shot in a rifle competition. Shot ipsc pistol limited and open class for a year or two then twin daughters were born that ended that! I have my own range now a few steel targets so I just play. I did get to shoot the ram targets with a match conditioned garand and pigs targets one day while working down in Corpus Christi Texas. My boss on that job was a dcm shooter. He was coaching and spotting for me, that was fun. Shot standing and slung on pigs and slung prone at the rams. He seemed to think I would of done well if I tried it. I may have to try setting up and shoot to same standard as a match just to see where I’d be. Could be fun to try??
Tackling the trigger is on the list now I got a decent load to practice with. 
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