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    My Lee Metford has an expensive diet

    I was able to go shooting today, and one of the rifles I took with was a MLM Mk II, manufactured at Enfield in 1892. It has New Zealandicon ownership marks, with a sold-out-of service stamp. Bore worn and frosty, but the Metford rifling still looks strong with very little throat erosion.


    This rifle has never been very accurate. It would normally produce 6 to 8 inch groups at 100 yards, regardless of bullet diameter. 311 and 312 diameter bullets all gave large, generally centered groups.

    Well I stumbled on a bullet/powder combo that proved this old girl still has some teeth to her. I put together a load of 215 grain Woodleigh solid round-nose bullets backed by IMR 4064. I didn't have my chronograph with me, but the load book gave me an estimated velocity of 1900 FPS.



    I lost the first 8 rounds and figured I'd missed the target board completely at 100 yards. About 8 inches below the target (on the target backer), I found a nice group measuring about 4 inches in diameter. I walked the next four rounds up with each shot. With the rear sight set at 250 yards, I sent my final 8 rounds into a clean target and produced a 1.5 x 2.75 inch group.


    I couldn't have been happier with this rifle. I found a load it really likes. The only problem being it likes expensive bullets. The 215 grain Woodleighs cost me $52 per box of 50. If this rifle were a girlfriend, her "diet" would put me in the poor house!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smle addict View Post
    If this rifle were a girlfriend, her "diet" would put me in the poor house!
    But if she was your favorite, you'd feed her anyway...nice. At least you have it sorted out.
    Regards, Jim

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    I suspect that date would be 1882.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daan Kemp View Post
    I suspect that date would be 1882.
    1892?

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    215 gr.: the pills that kills.
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

    "None need deceive a people determined to deceive themselves."

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    Sorry for the delayed response; it is a 1892 date-see better(?) picture below



    Surpmil-yes, those 215's do indeed kill.... the wallet!
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    There is a company called BES Bullets in UKicon that makes 215gn Mk6 bullets... I only have a phone number for them! (0044)1302330726

    They are a small scale supplier that has invested in a Corbin set of swages. The bullets are excellent! They usually come down to the Trafalgar Meeting at Bisley next month, but there is no trade fair this year because of Covid..

    You might try giving them a call...

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    Some discussion of this the other day: https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=38182&page=2
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

    "None need deceive a people determined to deceive themselves."

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