I had acquired a couple long guns in the past 6 months but only got membership to a local range a couple months ago...finally got a break in the weather and took out a new Mossberg 12 ga (500 with smoothbore slug barrel & rifle sights) and a 1918 No.1 Mk III* SMLE. The SMLE had been lightly sporterized~only some wood removed from forend. I did have the smith check for headspace and test fire and all was good there.
While I got the .303 rounds on paper it shot way right...like a foot @ 100 yards. Later research showed me that, while I knew it was a shortcut rifle made during wartime, they decided to dispense with the windage adjustment ~~~makes no sense but as son of Ireland strange ideas from the Brits comes as no surprise.
I wasn't sure what to do with this gun~didn't pay much for it and ammo cost isn't too bad. The stock is way too small for a guy my size, sights are really tiny and will need the $25 upgrade for windage...I think I may make it a restoration project to return it to original and mount it on the wall...love the look of those old SMLEs...loads of surplus parts available.
As for the shotgun~~tried a slug at 50 yds~~first round hit dead center. At 100 yds I was on the paper but low...hadn't fired a shotgun since my Marine Corps days in the early 80's (...and that was a S&W 3000 for you old timers out there). My first "shot" actually didn't go off...when I ejected the shell I saw a very light primer strike~then remembered reading about needing to "vigorously" work the slide and no problems after that. Forearm will need some work~couple of sharp bits of plastic need smoothed. Fired 00 buck at the 50 yd line and I counted 8 or so holes all within the "body" of the silhouette target I was using.
Range is only about 2 miles from my front door and 1/2 mile from where I work-had it all to myself yesterday afternoon. It's an NRA club, they hold "action shoots" and a load of other events but I'm not much into the competitive thing...look forward to getting out there some more with my .44 Marlin.
Where did you shoot today?