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Big Problem

I went to the range today to sight in my 8mm Mauser for a friend.  I haven't shot it until today, so I had no idea what to expect.  Well, after 45 rounds, I couldn't get the thing to hit paper!  Here's what I got.  Iron sights, rear adjustable.  It apprears the rear is in standard metric distances begining at 200 meters.  When I started to fire today, I started at 100 yds.  It appeared the rifle was shooting high so I moved the target to 150 yds.  Same thing - still appeared to shoot high.  At 200 yds, I finally got lead on paper by aiming about 4 ft low.  Unfortunately, I can't find a way to adjust the rear sight lower.  What do I do?  I don't have resources to have it drilled for a scope.  The ammo I shot was Winchester 170 gr. Power Points and 190 gr. Military surplus ammo.  The military ammo had a head stamp "12 53"  I assume this is December, 1953. 

I would appreciate any suggestions on what you all think the problem could be.  My fear is that the sights were damaged in shipping to the U.S., however, the rifle doesn't have any cosmetic damage.  My other thought was that the military ammo was so old it just simply didn't shoot well.  But, for that theory to be true, I would think the Winchester ammo would've performed differently.  Could it be the rifle is just crap? 

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K98

I would start all over again, 1st use good up to date ammo, new manufactured.  2nd lower sights to 100 meter or yds and shoot 3 rounds at the bulls eye at 25 yds. see were it hits. if centered do not adjust sights. move target out to 100 yds and fire 3 more rounds for a grouping. If problem still is there take rifle to a gunsmith and have sights checked. I'v had a few WW2 k-98 in 8 mm and some were great shooters and some bad, also  have the bore and crown checked. rifle is 60 some yrs old and might need a good cleaning with a copper and lead cleaner. Also when you sight down the bbl make sure front top of bead is even or levle  with the the top of the v on the rear sight. 

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Thanks Hunter12 for the

Thanks Hunter12 for the advice.  I will give that a try next time.

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