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Two 1911 Dominators Hunting Prep-Steel out to 500 yards with videos

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  • Two 1911 Dominators Hunting Prep-Steel out to 500 yards with videos


    On Friday I went out to Mac's Gunworks to zero and get some drops out to 500 yards with my two Pachmayr Dominator's. These both have long eye pistol scopes on them with external turrets. It is very difficult to shoot accurately at distance with just holding over.
    With a 1911 frame and trigger, and not being able to use a bi-pod, makes the Dominator system a little more challenging to use. I used a front rest and a Holland's small field bag under the pistol grip.
    The Dominator on the left is a 6.5 Creedmoor with a 15" barrel. Scope is the Leupold 2.5-8 EER. The drops on the grip are for my 140 A-Max load, which I did not use yesterday.
    The one on the right is a 25 Creedmoor, and it has a 14" barrel and a Harrel brake. The barrel is heavier also. Once new trigger/hammer parts were put in, the trigger pull is great for a 1911.
    Initially, the trigger pull was quite heavy, and being the trigger snob that I am, I didn't like it-Now I love it!
    It shoots the .257 110 grain Nosler Accubonds at 2726 fps.
    I like the classic looks of the 6.5, but the 25 has become my favorite.
    This is the first time I have used the new Weaver 2-6 pistol scope.
    You can zero these turrets easily, and so far the adjustment have been spot on to meet me needs.
    I like the eye relief better on the Weaver than the Leupold on the Dominator at least.
    I knew the velocity with the 110's, so I stated with the 25 Creed.
    I had to re-zero at 100 yards, since I had put a new scope on it.
    I got lucky, and within 3-shots I was off to shooting steel.
    I started at 300 yards on a 10" piece of steel, and I didn't hold or dial for wind. I shot right.
    Either the wind was doing something weird then or I pushed the shot right with some bad fundamentals. I am not really sure.
    With all the further shots, from that time forward, I had to deal with an ever increasing quartering tail wind to full value wind from right to left.
    I was just checking to make sure my drops were solid.
    300 yards
    https://youtu.be/d3zrtvKhxdI

    Then, I jumped out to 500 yards.
    https://youtu.be/J7LHdOVNYWY
    You don't have to have a lot of magnification to connect at distances further than 500 yards.
    If I had my druthers though, I would like to have more than 6x, but I was happy with the shots at 500.
    Took some pics, videos, and painted targets.
    The wind continued to get faster with some gusting-Notice the swinging steel targets as an indicator!
    Time to shoot the 6.5 Creed Dominator.
    I tried some Hornady factory ammo that used the 120 grain GMX bullet that I traded for during WY-SHOT.

    After a 100 yards zero, I went to the 10 inch plate at 300 yards, and kept subtracting my guesstimate on the velocity until the drops got close.Then, I went to 500 yards where there is a large target, so I could get my wind figured out and it be able to see if my vertical was close. I had to drop my MV more than I thought I would. Notice the swinging plates at 300 and 400 yards.
    I shot at 300, 500, and then back to 400 yards

    https://youtu.be/zD9VoOnnYF0
    https://youtu.be/XWjKKUMNvh4
    https://youtu.be/bucddad8_vc
    The factory ammo shot pretty good.
    Looking forward to deer and antelope hunting this year.

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    Ernie, I find your posts fascinating! I had no idea handguns like those two existed. Those would be more than adequate for my type of hunting. The challenge would be holding them steady in an unsupported standing stance.

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    • #3
      Most people remember Wally Siebert from his benchrest work bumping up the power x's of Leupold scopes but he did some great work the other way, converting high power rifle scopes to long eye relief handgun scopes.( which would cut the magnification in 1/2). You ever come across any? Maybe had one? Did you ever have any of J.D. Jones' SSK rigs? I've often thought about a CVA v2 scout pistol but 243, 6.5 Grendel or Creedmoor don't interest me. What I really want is one in 7mmbr & 221 fireball like the old xp100s. Then if I don't fill my tag during rifle season I could use it in the December alternative season and if I do fill in November I could still chase varmints with the fireball. Stay safe & aim small.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
        Ernie, I find your posts fascinating! I had no idea handguns like those two existed. Those would be more than adequate for my type of hunting. The challenge would be holding them steady in an unsupported standing stance.
        I very rarely shoot standing/off-hand, with no support for hunting. I always try to get as low and secure as possible.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dewman View Post
          Most people remember Wally Siebert from his benchrest work bumping up the power x's of Leupold scopes but he did some great work the other way, converting high power rifle scopes to long eye relief handgun scopes.( which would cut the magnification in 1/2). You ever come across any? Maybe had one? Did you ever have any of J.D. Jones' SSK rigs? I've often thought about a CVA v2 scout pistol but 243, 6.5 Grendel or Creedmoor don't interest me. What I really want is one in 7mmbr & 221 fireball like the old xp100s. Then if I don't fill my tag during rifle season I could use it in the December alternative season and if I do fill in November I could still chase varmints with the fireball. Stay safe & aim small.
          I knew Wally.
          I had him do a conversion for me, and used to take my longest prairie dog connection ever to date for myself.
          https://www.longrangehunting.com/art...irie-dogs.133/
          I know JD as well.
          The CVA's shoot well for the money.
          I have a friend who has one in 243 Winchester.
          Be patient and you can find a 7BR XP-100 for a reasonable price.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ernie View Post
            I very rarely shoot standing/off-hand, with no support for hunting. I always try to get as low and secure as possible.
            I'm guessing almost half my shots have been from standing offhand. I'll take a prop when available and there's enough time.

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            • #7
              Our styles of hunting are very different.
              I can count on one hand how many standing off-hand shots I have taken at big game

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              • #8
                I had a chance at a XP-100 in .221 Fireball. At that time, it was intriguing, just not that exciting. I let it slide. Dad gummit! LOL!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
                  Ernie, I find your posts fascinating! I had no idea handguns like those two existed. Those would be more than adequate for my type of hunting. The challenge would be holding them steady in an unsupported standing stance.
                  One with a shorter barrel, to get the correct balance for you for off-hand shooting would be my guess.
                  Depending on the user my 6.5 Creed may be about perfect for off-hand shooting
                  You can also play with barrel taper too to get the weight right.

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                  • #10
                    Been hoping one would show up around here for sale.
                    Aint seen one for ages.
                    Cool rigs Ernie.

                    Im kinda looking at some specialty pistol in 6.5 Grendel

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                    • #11
                      What platform are you considering for your Grendel build?

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