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I took the X-bolt out for the first sighting-in.  It's a shooter!  The good news is it shoots sub-moa (3/4") 5 shot groups.  Big Grin

The bad news is that it hates my favorite hunting load, Winchester XP3 150 grain.  Apparently it loves plain ol' Remington Core-locs.  Hopefully I can find  a premium bullet it likes. I know core-locs will hammer whitetail with no problems but I've always preferred to use better bullets... just in case. I haven't ventured into reloading yet so I'll have to stick with factory loads for now.

Anyone want to buy 2 boxes of Winchester .270 XP3 150 grain?

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Originally posted by Heavishot Heavishot wrote:

I took the X-bolt out for the first sighting-in.  It's a shooter!  The good news is it shoots sub-moa (3/4") 5 shot groups.  Big Grin

The bad news is that it hates my favorite hunting load, Winchester XP3 150 grain.  Apparently it loves plain ol' Remington Core-locs.  Hopefully I can find  a premium bullet it likes. I know core-locs will hammer whitetail with no problems but I've always preferred to use better bullets... just in case. I haven't ventured into reloading yet so I'll have to stick with factory loads for now.

Anyone want to buy 2 boxes of Winchester .270 XP3 150 grain?

 
Nice group heavishot!  Funny, my savage 270 hates corelocks so I decided to reload from the beginning.  All seems to be fine using 130gr ballistic tip and SSTs.
 
Tell us more on your set-up.  Benchrest or bags? etc.
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Yeah, I may have to see if I can get SST's or Interbond's from Hornady.  My site-in setup is the MTM Site-in-Clean rest.  I add sandbags from the gun range to help stabilize it.  It gives a pretty solid rest.  It's not iron-clad, 100% solid but it seems to work pretty well and all my cleaning gear is handy.  I also have one of those long, ballistic shooting bags.  It works pretty well but I think the MTM is more stable.
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Originally posted by Heavishot Heavishot wrote:

Yeah, I may have to see if I can get SST's or Interbond's from Hornady.  My site-in setup is the MTM Site-in-Clean rest.  I add sandbags from the gun range to help stabilize it.  It gives a pretty solid rest.  It's not iron-clad, 100% solid but it seems to work pretty well and all my cleaning gear is handy.  I also have one of those long, ballistic shooting bags.  It works pretty well but I think the MTM is more stable.
 
 
I am currently using two bags stacked under the forestock and just shouldering the butt.
Your grouping has mine beat.  I have the next level down in MTM trays.  Its longer but slightly narrower than yours but with the same black brackets.  I haven't tried to shoot out of it yet, just clean and tune.  maybe I'll try shooting out of it next trip.
 
I am interested to see if it is me or the gun limiting the tightness of my groups, I suspect its me.  Check out my posting in this forum titled "1st loads using RE17 in my 270Win" if you haven't already.
 
Yesterday Graf's got in Hornady 130gr SSTs, $26.99 per 100.  Interbonds are more expense, in the $40+ dollar range for 100.   I only bought them because I could not get the SSTs in 130gr and their ballistic and loading are similar.  LOL its just like washing your car to make it rain.  I've waited 4 weeks for somebody to get 130gr SSTs and as soon as I bought the more expense Interbonds...bingo SSTs show up....go figure  Whacko
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My buddy's new 30-06 x-bolt loves core-lokts and especially my favorite hunting bullet, Fusions.
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I went back to the range this weekend and put a box of Tubb's Final Finish ammo through it.  The barrel should be broken in after that.  I also tested some more ammo.  It seems to like Winchester E-tip 130gr, XP3 130gr, and Federal Accubond 140gr well enough.  Oddly it didn't like Hornady Interbond 130gr.  I'll probably do some further testing to verify those results.
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I have a Stalker in 7mmRemMag... it really likes the core-lokt's
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Back to the range today after getting the barrel clean enough to use as a straw.  I got very good results with several different rounds.  Looks like XP3 130gr. is the winner! 
 
130gr. Winchester E-tip... 1.373" (possible flier)
130gr. Hornady Interbond.... .913"
130gr. Federal Barnes TSX.... .823" (2 shots)
140gr. Federal Accubond.... .543" (2 shots / 3rd shot flier)
130gr. Winchester XP3... .523"

It's curious how different loads have different point of impact elevations.  My last test session showed E-tips shooting higher than all others too.




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Don't worry about the high ones if they group the best just adjust your scope.
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I will, it just seems odd that 2 rounds of the same weight and same starting velocity would be so far apart at 100yds. Guns are funny creatures.
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Originally posted by Heavishot Heavishot wrote:

I will, it just seems odd that 2 rounds of the same weight and same starting velocity would be so far apart at 100yds. Guns are funny creatures.
Yeah, but they don't get headaches! Wink
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