Shooting an Oldie But a Goodie

Today I was privileged to shoot an ancient “Commission Rifle”, a rifle designed by a committee in the 19th century. It was crude by any measure these days but far superior to many designs of the day. Key developments in the design were a very nice 8X57J cartridge very similar to the modern 8X57JS still in production today. I made up two groups of rounds to test the tolerance to pressure and to test the accuracy. No signs of pressure emerged in a range of loads for 150 grain bullets. A moderate load with a fixed charge produced reasonable accuracy for off-hand shooting in the standing position. Even a young lady with little experience managed to shoot a group small enough for deer to 200 yards.

The rifle was a joy to shoot. The stock was obviously made for real people to hold. Even thought the load was powerful enough to dispatch deer to 300 yards, recoil was moderate and a young lady fired several rounds with no discomfort. 120 years has scarred this rifle but it still does the job at normal hunting ranges in the bush. Accuracy could likely be improved with heavier bullets and slower-burning powders in the badly worn bore.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Shooting an Oldie But a Goodie

  1. eug says:

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  2. eug says:

    Defense Distributed, the guys working on 3D printed guns and lower receivers for an AR-15, have a storied history with makers, corporations, and our elected representatives. When the news broke they were designing a 3D printed weapon, their $25,000 leased 3D printer was taken away from them. When their designs were too controversial for Thingiverse, they were taken down. Defense Distributed keeps on firing back, though, and now they’re hosting their own 3D model repo called DEFCAD.

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