I posted a quick blurb about this the other day, but I didn't post any pics. So, here we go:
This is with my 1940 Mauser K98 shot from 50 yards with 1979 surplus Yugoslavian ammo. It's probably the best surplus 8mm ammo out there right now, as it's very reliable, very accurate, and very clean-shooting. I had a couple of lousy shots here (and I knew it as soon as I pulled the trigger). Mausers will shoot high at anything under 100 yards, so what you see here is normal. I was quite impressed that I got one round nearly dead center in the target:
This was with my 1944 Tula M44. The first couple of shots were low and off the mark, owing mainly to not having adjusted the elevation and having the bayonet folded. Extending the bayonet and adjusting the elevation resulted in much better shots:
1943 Tula M91/30 ex-sniper. Great trigger on this thing, and it shot very nice. The shots to the right are the result of not having the bayonet attached. M91/30s were sighted in with the bayonet attached, so firing them without the bayonet results in shots going wide of the mark (usually to the right, in my experience). I could have adjusted the windage to fix this problem, but I was lazy and didn't do it. As a result, most of my shots with this rifle went wide-right when I shot it from 50 yards away.
As for ammo on these last two, I used some Bulgarian heavy ball surplus. I bought back in the days when I was first shooting and not really up on the different qualities of surplus ammo. Unfortunately, this stuff has all sorts of problems, namely split and ruptured cases. I actually had a couple of times this last time out when I could feel the gas from ruptured cases blowing back in my face. Sadly, I still have 600 rounds of this junk to go through. That is, unless I can find someone to take it off my hands...
But, all in all, it was a good day at the range.
These rifles may be old, but they still fire just as well as the day they were made.