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#1 cantgrowup

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:54 PM

I've just shot my recently converted to WW1 style 1918A3 and realized that it shoots about 6" high at 50 yds and approximately 10" at 100 yds using handloaded M2 ball loads.  Since there is no rear sight de-elevation option, there are no further elevation options other than a higher front sight blade.  Has anyone else experienced this?  I didn't have a spotter to let me know where it was hitting on the berm at 200 yds... so I gave up for the day.  Not that I'm going to shoot this bugger much in the future, but it's frustrating that it isn't spot on at 100 yds with rear sight ladder laying down.


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#2 Oldtrooper

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 10:16 PM

The peep sight on your 1918 rear sight is for 300 yard when down ... If you raise the ladder base of your sight and use the peep sight set at the lowest setting it should shoot pretty spot on ... Mine is the same way ... Same with the 1903 Springfield sight ... You have to raise the ladder base and use the peep.


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#3 Oldtrooper

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 10:24 PM

Try shooting it at 100 yards with the sight in this position ... It should be pretty accurate.... Note how low the aperture sits when the ladder is in the up position.

 

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#4 BPinFL

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 06:00 AM

Yes- my OOW 1918A3 is sub moa using the peep in that position.  Even with tired eyes.

Has anyone ever put a scope or other optic on a BAR?  maybe remove the rear sight and put a short rail section on?


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#5 cantgrowup

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 10:07 AM

Thanks guys! I was shooting pretty good groups... just high. Now I know why!
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#6 emmagee1917

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 02:04 PM

Forgive my failing memory , but I think the BAR had two different slide assemblies from two different eras . One was as in the picture above . Notice how the lower arc below the peep can drop behind the crossbar . The second type does not have the notch under the peep to clear , so it only rests on the crossbar , and cannot go as low . I don't think this is any book .

Chris


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