The L42A1

Stuff sophisticated, pass the 7.62 and the Enfield.
I’ve always been a fan of the L39A1 since being taught to target shoot and subsequently to use the L42A1 sniper rifle whilst in the RAF.

The Enfield action is truly a sweet action, reliable, solid.
A long range stable trigger release better suited for long ranges.
The 7.62 x 51mm NATO is a hard hitting time proven round that happily works out beyond 800 yards. Using NATO green spot ammunition it kept within a 12 inch strike circle at 900 yards.

The FMJ round is great against soft targets although in the right place will happily disable a vehicle. The 147 gr FMJ smacks you with a close range energy of around 2440 ft lbs.

The rifle weighed in at a shade over 9 3/4 pounds, it’s compact size and 27 inch barrel was so well balanced.
It had it’s faults though.
Wet wasn’t popular with a full strip down inevitable.
Blown grit and general mud didn’t lend to ease of operation.
As for using a pull through, I managed to wreak a barrel within a year through muzzle damage caused by chaffing the cord on the muzzle. Nothing too visible but a gently opening MOA at long ranges,
Also (being left handed) it neatly kept catching me out with a half closed bolt only half releasing the firing pin
and once me stupidly slamming the bolt closed and releasing a wild shot.

On the diagram, I call it my Whoops pin. Meant to lock the bolt unless you were careless.

Incidentally the immediate action drill in this case is to grab the knurled bolt end and pulling backwards to achieve a full lock THEN gently closing the bolt.

General Ballistics Table
Range
Yards
Drop
Inches
10 MPH
Wind
Range
Yards
Drop
Inches
10 MPH
Wind
0
-1.5
0
600
102
39
100
0
1
700
157
56
200
4
4
800
230
77
300
15
9
900
326
102
400
33
16
1000
447
131
500
62
26

Yep, stuff sophistication, bolt action and 7.62 (.308) Rules OK.

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