First match with the new barrel.

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  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    We couldn't do our usual 2 mile hike due to muddy conditions so we ranged all the targets we could see from stage one and added a set of PRS stages at our high power silhouette line. We ended up with 38 shots for record with no sighters or practice time so it was from a cold bore. There were 22 targets on stage 1 and we had 15 minutes to get all of our shots off. Seems like a long time but this is long range. I finished with 3 minutes to spare. Everyone else on my squad timed out with 1-3 targets remaining. Interestingly it seems that my steady rate single loading beat out their rate going from 10 round mags because they kept forgetting to count their shots and clicking on an empty chamber then having to change mags and re-engage. I had 22 rounds loose on the table beside me and just grabbed one and jammed it in each time I shucked one out.

    It was the first time out with a modified version of my last load. I did some testing the day before and was getting thumbnail size 3-shot groups at 200yrds. Hey, the gun shoots. For this load I went half a grain over my last charge of Benchmark (I'm now .5gn over book) and switched to a magnum CCI primer from CCI 5.56 primers then seated the bullets a bit deeper to get the forward end of the boat tail just at the shoulder and make chambering easier. Velocities are now 2986 average (gained ~40fps) with a 12fps SD. The SD is a little tall so I'm going to have to do a little more refinement. Maybe try BR CCI primers.

    In the end I finished with 17 out of 38 which put me mid-pack. As usual I was the only .223 shooter and the rest were shooting mostly 6.5CM, .260Rem, .308win and .300WM. I beat one of each. Conditions were pretty windy at times and my rounds were getting blown off by up to 4ft at 550yrds so as you might expect the vast bulk of my misses were windage misses.
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  2. boostless Active Member

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    Sounds like you had a good time at least. Seems like you have to be pretty ballsy to shoot a comp with out a 6/6.5 these days, not that I shoot comps at all. Heck I haven't even shot over 100 yards in years.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    You definitely have to have your expectations aligned with reality and be able to look at misses as opportunities instead of failures. My 7mag would make trivia out of the course but it's not going to make me a better shooter. Other shooters do definitely give out props for showing up with a .223 against a field of laser fast 6's and 6.5's. The other shooters have very supportive and encouraging.
  4. jwb47 Active Member

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    I personally enjoy a challenge . I get free advise alot about why I should dump my 1911's and out dated beretta . I know the guys mean well but I am simply trying to improve my marksmanship and weapon craft along with having fun . when it quits being fun I will quit and devote more time to trout fishing.
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  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Outdated beretta? Dump the 1911? As Pepe Le Pew would say, "Le gasp, le wheeze."
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  6. jwb47 Active Member

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    lol yeah that aint gonna happen . I have been breaking in my new colt competition 1911 9mm .

    I have to ask I know you got a new barrel from black hole or what ever they are called how long was the barrel and what is the rifling twist ?
  7. Keith Moderator

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    It always amazes me how well other people can spend your money, well meaning or not. Advice is appreciated but don't spend my money unsolicited. Now, that being said, posting on places like this invites such advice and allowances have to be made for that. At the range is another story.

    Spamassassin, I'm interested in what jwb47 asked as well.
  8. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    7 twist at 26 inches.
  9. wood chucker Moderator

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    Sounds like nonsense to me. New is cool and all but..the classics are classic for good reason ; )

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