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Mumbles Marble Mouth
01-19-2013, 06:50 PM
So I recently got a Norinco M-14 (M305) and I managed to get some free time today to test it out. Now, I'm not a member of the local range here in Nanaimo so I and a friend of mine, who happened to just buy his first SKS, went shooting at a snowed in, uphill clear cut.

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Now, you can probably see the target in the background there and are probably wondering what distance is that? Its 50 meters-ish. We measured distance using an ancient Chinese secret. A meter is about 40 inches well the M14 is 44 inches. The distance from where we were shooting from, to the target, was 45 1/4 M14s away. 50 meters in inches is about 2000 inches. If you do the math, we were 1991 inches away from the target.

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Well we were shooting; we found a lot of unbroken clay birds in the snow. My friend and I played a game with the clay birds with a bet that whoever loses has to buy lunch. We placed clay birds closer than the target, and beyond it and the game was you had to take one shot at a clay bird. If you hit it, then the other shooter has to pick a clay bird and try and hit that one. You keep going until someone misses. Surprisingly enough, this was only my friends second time firing a gun, and his first time firing an SKS and he was smoking all the birds. He didn't miss once not even the ones that were way out there. I didn't miss any either and we ended up on a draw but still, a real impressive shooter I'll tell yea.

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And here is the target. I'm pretty happy with it for 50 meters and the fact I didn't have my glasses either so I can barely see what I'm shooting at :rolleyes:. The center group was the best because I could easily tell where the circle was. With the others, Id have to look, sight, look again, sight and shoot where I kind of think the circle is :rolleyes:. I put a picture of the back board. Not actually sure why. I think it was because I didn't want people to think that I sucked a lot and just replaced the target with another one that I might have already had.

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I put 40 rounds though her today and my friend put about the same though his SKS. The M-14 had no failures and oddly enough, my friends SKS had two failures to extract, he had one double feed, and a round that got jammed sideways. Bottom line after today is, that was probably the funniest time I've ever had going shooting. I really understand why people love the Norinco M-14.


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The ammo used that day was Norinco Surplus 7.62x51. The ammo looks and smells terrible but it works well. For some reason this ammo has a bunch of metal chunks stuck in the clamping of the bullet and the shell. I though this might be bad, but the gun eats them up no problem. It works out to about 55 cents per shot. Cleaning the gun was pretty quick too. Only took about 8 patches to get it clean enough compaired to about 30 patches if I were to clean my Vz 58 after shooting it. I do enjoy shooting, not the cleaning as much. Thanks to the Norinco M-14 owners manual, I now know how to properly clean a gun. Didn't know you're suppose to use the cleaning brush as little as possible. Apparently using the cleaning brush to scrub the barrel a bunch wears out the barrel more then shooting does. This is the first owners manual from a gun that told me how to clean the gun in great detail.

zulu
01-19-2013, 07:13 PM
Looks like where i used to shoot in campbell river.

Strewth
01-19-2013, 11:49 PM
Nice shooting! It's cool seing the SKS and the M-14 side by side in the snow. Smart ammo container for the snow too:).

sDot
01-20-2013, 02:45 AM
I was dying to do something like that here. Probably have to drive for 2 days to find some crown land to shoot on.

Garetsu
01-20-2013, 08:36 AM
We measured distance using an ancient Chinese secret. A meter is about 40 inches well the M14 is 44 inches. The distance from where we were shooting from, to the target, was 45 1/4 M14s away. 50 meters in inches is about 2000 inches. If you do the math, we were 1991 inches away from the target.

All I can think is the drill sergeant from Jarhead...

"Use what you know to estimate distance to the target. Don't use your dicks, they're too small and I can't count that high. I don't want to hear 'the target is 400,000 inches away!'"

Satain
01-20-2013, 01:54 PM
I don't care how many inched my boom stick is away but this looks like Great Canadian Funs!

Mumbles Marble Mouth
01-21-2013, 12:44 AM
First time shooting it, didn't have anything to measure distance, and I wanted to know how it did at 50 meters. I actually placed the target where I though 50 meters was, then we measured it and it was 45 1/4 M-14s aways. I've been getting really good at judging people.... i mean distances in the past few years.

Canuck
01-21-2013, 12:55 AM
Nice first groups. Shooting clay birds is quite fun and challenging as well. Like the game you made up. Now put them out further next time!!

Mumbles Marble Mouth
01-21-2013, 10:58 AM
I've learned how to shim the gas system with out removing the flash supressor so i'm going to do that and then see how well it does after that. I also found my glasses yesterday so that should also factor into some better accuracy from my part.