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    Just because ....

    Morning all,

    Had a really nice break away from the office yesterday shooting my Enfields and zeroing in my Lithgowicon L1.

    I've never shot the Lithgow on irons before as its always been shot with its SUIT until now.
    Anyway, after a little head scratching and a fellow Milsurpers 'calling the shots' I brought her onto target ... then while expertly tweaking the zero ... promptly off again!

    And back on again. She shoots beautifully on irons, far better than its middle age owner with his fuzzy eyes, is capable of shooting anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    then while expertly tweaking the zero ... promptly off again!
    Yes, that's been done before... Looks great though.
    Regards, Jim

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    Cheers Jim, I don't shoot her anywhere near enough to be honest, I've had Jungle Carbine fever this year and its proved difficult to get rid of, despite repeated treatments of .303!

    Still it was refreshing to be back behind ABC committees finest hour! All things good, wholesome and Inch pattern....
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    I have always wondered if the folding leaf rear sight was known to have a wandering zero? I have had sights (referring to the folding Commonwealth type) that are nice and tight in their up position and some that have become worn enough to have a bit of "wobble" or "wiggle". Does this prove itself to make iron sight distance shooting problematic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmEngRifles View Post
    I have always wondered if the folding leaf rear sight was known to have a wandering zero?
    Ours never gave problem. Usually they were tight enough to stay and if not we replaced them.
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    Rear sight deflection is controlled by the screws being done up tight against the sight base against a clicker spring so they should never come loose (not in my experience anyway) The sight leaf is held rigid by the balls and springs on the axis pin. It is a simple job to replace the 2x springs and axis pin. So a loose leaf shouldn't be a problem either especially as if the springs do loosen up, it will do it gradually over time.

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    Thanks for the usual thorough response Peter, I haven't had any issues with my two rifles, though I shoot both with NOS unissued Hythe back sight assemblies with NOS springs too.
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    Hythe backsight...... I always had my doubts about it - and the trilux foresight that was meant to go with it (they were a pair). We regularly used to do dawn and dusk shoots (we called them twilight zone shoots) in Malaya especially in the run ups for the Battalions heading for SVn. The shooting was so hit and miss - if you'll excuse the phrase - that very soon after the twilight zone programme started the range safety orders were changed so that after the targets were exposed in the butts, the butt crew were withdrawn to safety, back to the 100 yard firing point. The bullets were everywhere. Good job that there was 10 miles of jungle behind the butts. Being semi dark and if your eyes weren't properly adjusted, range control was dire. Fire control was just as bad. We'd usually be out of ammunition before the range time finished! Night vision kit was on its way in any case by then. The first I ever saw was the big US Army ones that looked similar to the big ancient RP SS20/L1 type.

    A lot of the complaints seemed to be that it's a good idea to open up the backsight aperture to accommodate the enlarged pupil you get when you get accustomed to the night light but then to aim, using a dim trilux foresight blade turned on its side was........ Anyway. Next came the SUIT...... God, where do they get 'em from!
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    More very interesting info Peter!

    I find the Hythe sight with its smaller aperture an aid to keeping the groups tighter!

    I've got the foresights fitted to both rifles ti, alas with long expired vials.



    SUIT, well, I do have one that works extremely well and two others that work so so at best!

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