I think I remembered how to shoot my XP-100 (Hey Ernie)

knitepoetknitepoet Senior MemberPosts: 18,657 Senior Member
It has been a couple of years since I've even shot my XP-100 (The SE Shoot 2-3 years ago IIRC) and a lot longer since I've hunted with it.

Decided I wanted to hunt with it this season and found a 1/2 box of Barnes 110gr TTSX FB on my bullet shelf.

Figured "why not?" and prepped a few cases. Figured out through QL that the 39.0gr of H4895 I was trying in wife's 308 behind some 125gr SCHPs would be a safe and moderately mild, load with the 110s in the 7mmIHMSA.

Only loaded 5 of them, because I wasn't sure how they would shoot in the XP, and I really didn't feel like having to pull a bunch of bullets if they didn't work out.

Also loaded 5 with 40gr behind my normal 120gr NBT.

Shot the NBT load first and there was a LOT of vertical stringing. Which, if you haven't shot SPs much, indicates that I was varying my grip pressure.

Let the barrel cool while I tested some other loads in the 2 rifles I had with me. When I went back to the XP, I was a little more relaxed and "on my game"

Nowhere near the best group I've shot with this pistol, but for it's first outing in a number of years, I'm not going to complain.

Before you get to the picture, it's rotated 90° for that actual orientation when I was shooting it. The group is actually 1.25" ABOVE the POA not to the left. I had already run it through "Ontarget" for an accurate measurement, so orientating the pic correctly would put the text sideways, and I'm feeling lazy.




So a 0.882", 5 shot group, pretty well zeroed, with a brand new load, in a SP that I haven't shot in years. I think I need to load up a few moe of them and go hunting (Once the season opens)

I'm happy :cool2::applause:
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


Replies

  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Looks like you're now a crack pistol shot.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,657 Senior Member
    Here's an old pic of the beast, from when I was re-stocking it with the Walnut stock it's currently wearing.



    15" Shilen Barrel (installed by Shilen way back when they actually did that)
    Burris 2-7x32 LER scope (I cannot grasp the idea of using a rifle scope on an SP, sorry Goose :nono: )
    Burris 1 piece mount and rings (Pre-Signature series)
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Sub MOA will work for hunting.
    Good restart!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    Does your Scope have the BP reticle or plex?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,657 Senior Member
    Does your Scope have the BP reticle or plex?
    Plain old fashioned Plex. That scope was made the year of, or the year after they came out with the "Posi-Lok" Weren't nearly as many reticle options back then

    Worked out GREAT with my old load. Zero @ 100 and where the plex widens out (on 7x) was spot on @ 300
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,657 Senior Member
    And for the rest of the load specifics...

    W-W 250 Sav case, 3rd loading (Including the fire forming load)
    WLR primers
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


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