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Anyone shoot a Mauser 71/84?
Old 11-13-2017, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default Anyone shoot a Mauser 71/84?

I recently picked up another 71/84 at a great price recently, so I thought I would make this my shooter.

First time I have loaded this caliber.
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Old 11-13-2017, 10:09 PM   #2
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They Are a work of art..Im sorry I let me unfurled one go..Nice you're able to RELOAD..Enjoy !!Billbert
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:32 PM   #3
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Sweet, Willi! Never shot one. Closest I came was a vintage .58 Springfield musket.
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At the time they were originally sold you could pay a few dollars more and get an absolutely unissued rifle. Most had a few stocks dings which they probably got in shipment, and original paper patched BP ammo for 10 cents a round.

Even though the standard rifle was worn on the outside with no finish, the bores were mirror bright.

We never worked up a load that shot as good as the original BP paper patch ammo.


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Old 11-14-2017, 05:12 PM   #5
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Yep. I have had several over the years. They shoot very well if you get the bullet diameter correct.
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I recently picked up another 71/84 at a great price recently, so I thought I would make this my shooter.

First time I have loaded this caliber.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:20 PM   #6
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@Tom, you should join me sometime. This range is 3 miles from me, so west of you, and it is a small (150 member) private club that goes out 200 yards. I use it for load development and zeroing.

@Johnny, I have a superb unissued 71/84 in the collection, which is why I was pleased to find this one. How accurate were the patched BP rounds? I developed a smokeless load using 20.5 grs of AA5744, a powder I used on my "Prussian capture" 1870 Peabody in 43 Spanish. I will a do BP load for a 71 I will try next.

@Gary, I slugged the barrel and it came to .444 - .445, so I use a 370 gr .446 bullet. I have read about all the problems in zeroing this rifle. I guess I am lucky. I developed a load which was about 300 fps lower than the full military load. I fired 5 rounds at 50 yards and they were high left, but in a 1.3 MOA group. I tapped the front side and at a 100 I was dead on for elevation, but still left with my next 10 rounds. I did a little more front sight tapping and here was my next 10 rounds. The first 5 shots were the 4 "9"s and a "10". Just me and the trigger/ sights. The final 5 were all "10"s, so I think I have good load. 100 yard military rifle target. More time getting used to the trigger.

This old stuff is a new experience for me, but I like the challenge.
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