It was 29 and sunny. Just slushy snow...with some wind...But I fnally got a chance to take out the little Swedish 1907, Model 94-14 6.5 x 55mm carbine and the 1943 Husqvarna M/38 rifle.
My first load was a full grain less than the Reliant Powder book and right even with the new Lyman Book for RL-22. (This load is well under the max CUP for the small ring Mausers)
160 grain Hornady RN, 46.0 grains RL-22 and a Rem 9-1/2 primer. I loaded them a little shorter at 3.00 COL.
The velocity average over the chronograph was:
2,500 FPS for the M/38 (23.5 inch barrel)
2,300 fps for the M/94-14. (17.5 inch barrel) Faster than Lyman book obtained.
The M/38 had a 20 fps deviation but the little M/94-14 only had a 3 fps spread.
Both rifles shot to the left. The M/38 3.5 inches left and 5.5 inches high at 100 yards using a 6 o'clock hold. The M/94 was 6 inches to the left and about 7 inches high using the same target hold.
Both drew a lot of attention since they thought I may be practicing for the upcoming Mauser match.
While the M/94-14 drew lots of attention, nobody thought it would shoot straight due to the short sight radius,,,,, including me.
The M/38 managed a 1.75 inch group with issue iron sights and my old eyes. (benched) Which I am more than happy with.
But the M/94-14 group of the last three shots in the box just about made me think I was seeing things.
This is the best 100 yard open iron sight group I have ever shot.
Now I have to drift the front sights over to get dead center. I also shot some reduced loads that I made up using 140 grain Sierras. I was able to get the elevation right on at 100 yards by dropping 300 fps off the usual load's velocity. But they were still of to the left.