Lowered my blood pressure at the range today. Took the Marlin XL-7 in 30-06 and the springer xd 40 since I havn't played with it in a while. All rifle shots were at 100 yds, with 2 different types of ammo, Win ballistic silvertips 150g and fed premium 165 g. I took both for comparison. Range was Sumach Creek near Chatsworth, GA, that was my first time there. It is in a pretty nice setting in the foothills of the mountains.
First group/3 was the fed which came up with a cold bore @ 15/16"(.9375").
Next I put a group/3 on the paper with win silvers @ 5/8"(.625")
Well i thought about that for a second...the feds cost like twice as much as the win. at $40 so I put another group/3 on paper with the barrel hot and it opened up more to like 2".
I did another group with the same results. Maybe I was pulling the shots, even though I don't think I was, I should've done another group with the wins but after that last group my wee little shoulder was getting beat up. I can't see how some of you guys pop those bigger calibers repeatedly. Anyways, as bad as it hurts my feelings I guess I will just stay with the cheaper wins. I suppose the rifle just likes the lighter ammo.
Bulldog,just another reason you should reload your ammo.Quality ammo comes at a high price if you don't load your own.
I like to shoot the 168gr Nosler Silvertips out of my 308,30/06,and 300WM.They are a very accurate shooting bullet in all of the guns,basically a match grade hunting bullet.
Great shooting by the way! As far as the pain in your shoulder goes,you might try a premium recoil pad on your stock. Limbsaver and Pachmayr make some great recoil pads.I didn't see any listed for your gun,but if you have a gunshop that deals them,they might find one of the prefit pads that will work for your gun.
Nice shooting! Those groups look real nice! If you got the time, I'd love to see how you like your Marlin. Only weapon I'm missing in my arsenal is a bolt action scoped rifle and I'm looking to get one hear relatively soon.
As far as the shoulder goes, I can commiserate with you there. After about 150 rounds through my M1 garand, that steel butt-plate starts making its presence known in a big way!
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I have had a Remington 700 in 30 ought for many years. I found the xl-7 on sale a couple of years ago and since I have two Grandsons I bought two Black xl-7's in 30-06. The trigger makes the gun a standout in my book. Included in the box is an extra suprise from Marlin, the scope mounts. I bought them at Kittery Trading Post in Maine, (one of my favorite outfitters) for the ridiculous price of 259.00 each.