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    Posted: October/23/2021 at 15:22
BCG 280 Ackley Improved XP-100. This custom XP-100 shoots so good, and everyone who has shot it loves it.
I finally was able to draw first blood with it on Friday morning. I used the 140 grain Accubond at 2961 ft./s. I set the magnification between seven and eight power, since I expected a close shot, and wanted a greater field of view. I also checked my parallax adjustment as well.
The beauty of the country we live in is, you can see forever, but at times it can be challenging, because they can see you too. It took me some time to figure out how to be able to make the stalk, and him not see me. I had terrain (creek bottom) and sage brush in my advantage, but the wind was almost coming from my back, so I knew there was a chance that could create a problem.
I had to be exposed slightly for a short period of time, before I got down into the creek/draw bottom, but I was far enough away, and he was looking the other direction, so it was not a problem.
I shot this buck at 204 yards. I crawled around 150 yards and then stomach crawled somewhere between 35 and 50 yards to make the shot. I had an opening in the sagebrush to my left, and I had almost made it to the stage, when the buck started moving to my left. Since I was on public\state land, and in a little bit he was going to be crossing on to private land, it was time to get things done.
The gun is so capable of shooting so much further, but the stalk was fun.
I am looking forward to shooting the 160 class bullets out of this, and see how it compares with my 284 Winchester XP-100’s.


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Very nice Ernie, congrats on a successful hunt. Good looking rig, shoots as good as the man behind it!
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Very nice!

Just out of interest, do you tailor your loads for the short barrel?

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As usual 👍💥.Very nice!
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Originally posted by Scrumbag Scrumbag wrote:

Very nice!

Just out of interest, do you tailor your loads for the short barrel?

Best wishes,

Scrummy


This is actually Nosler Factory ammo-It shoots real good.
When reloading I typically use the same powder as a rifle shooter would use.
Some examples (These are all specialty pistols):
26 Nosler with 147's Reloader 33
7mm Dakota with 175's Reloader 33 or Retumbo
284 Winchester with 160 class bullets H-48331sc
6.5-284 with 140's H-4350
6mm Dasher with 103-108's Varget
6.5x47 Lapua with 123-140  Varget
6 Creed, 25 Creed, and 6.5 Creed with the heavier bullets for distance - H-4350
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Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

Originally posted by Scrumbag Scrumbag wrote:

Very nice!

Just out of interest, do you tailor your loads for the short barrel?

Best wishes,

Scrummy


This is actually Nosler Factory ammo-It shoots real good.
When reloading I typically use the same powder as a rifle shooter would use.
Some examples (These are all specialty pistols):
26 Nosler with 147's Reloader 33
7mm Dakota with 175's Reloader 33 or Retumbo
284 Winchester with 160 class bullets H-48331sc
6.5-284 with 140's H-4350
6mm Dasher with 103-108's Varget
6.5x47 Lapua with 123-140  Varget
6 Creed, 25 Creed, and 6.5 Creed with the heavier bullets for distance - H-4350

I used to use Varget in my 6.5X47 before the shortage. Tried some VV N550 because I was able to find it. It has become my go-to power in that caliber. Just as accurate, meters better and more velocity. If you can’t find Varget, give it a try.
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Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

Originally posted by Scrumbag Scrumbag wrote:

Very nice!

Just out of interest, do you tailor your loads for the short barrel?

Best wishes,

Scrummy


This is actually Nosler Factory ammo-It shoots real good.
When reloading I typically use the same powder as a rifle shooter would use.
Some examples (These are all specialty pistols):
26 Nosler with 147's Reloader 33
7mm Dakota with 175's Reloader 33 or Retumbo
284 Winchester with 160 class bullets H-48331sc
6.5-284 with 140's H-4350
6mm Dasher with 103-108's Varget
6.5x47 Lapua with 123-140  Varget
6 Creed, 25 Creed, and 6.5 Creed with the heavier bullets for distance - H-4350


Thanks Ernie, appreciate it.
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Originally posted by tejas tejas wrote:

Originally posted by Ernie Bishop Ernie Bishop wrote:

Originally posted by Scrumbag Scrumbag wrote:

Very nice!

Just out of interest, do you tailor your loads for the short barrel?

Best wishes,

Scrummy


This is actually Nosler Factory ammo-It shoots real good.
When reloading I typically use the same powder as a rifle shooter would use.
Some examples (These are all specialty pistols):
26 Nosler with 147's Reloader 33
7mm Dakota with 175's Reloader 33 or Retumbo
284 Winchester with 160 class bullets H-48331sc
6.5-284 with 140's H-4350
6mm Dasher with 103-108's Varget
6.5x47 Lapua with 123-140  Varget
6 Creed, 25 Creed, and 6.5 Creed with the heavier bullets for distance - H-4350

I used to use Varget in my 6.5X47 before the shortage. Tried some VV N550 because I was able to find it. It has become my go-to power in that caliber. Just as accurate, meters better and more velocity. If you can’t find Varget, give it a try.


Viht is really popular in Europe and well thought of. It will be interesting to see if it stays popular in the US after supply / demand becomes a bit more balance.

(Interestingly my local stockist sent out an email saying iof we were running low it would be worth stocking up on Viht as apparently our distributors were struggling due to a lot of powder heading to the USA)

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