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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

Then, I jumped out to 500 yards.
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

The factory ammo shot pretty good.
Looking forward to deer and antelope hunting this year.
 

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Looks like you had fun. My Dominator is a factory 7-08 with a SSK muzzle brake I had them install back in 1988. The 1911 really does require some good trigger parts for the Dominator to reach it's accuracy potential, my trigger pull is a very crisp 2 lbs. I've never shot mine beyond 300 yards as the bullets (120 - 140 grains) aren't moving fast enough for reliable expansion beyond that. The really nice thing about the Dominator is that the velocities produced do not require "PREMIUM" bullets to hold together, inexpensive cup and core bullets do very well. Now if I can just find some before my meager supply run out.
 

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This is so cool!
I have only seen one other factory Dominator that had a brake installed.
What scope do you have on it?
If I had some 120-140 7mm bullets, I would help you out, but I don't think I have any on hand. Most of my 7mm bullets start around a 160 grain and go up from there.
What brand do you use?
If you have a picture of it, could you post it here or send me a PM?
My 6.5 Creed has a slower MV than expected, but my 25 Creed has great speed for a 14" barrel with the 110"s.
The reason I started out with the 110's is that Aoudad was a possibility combined with a shoulder shot. With a 2726 FPS it allows me to use the 110AB out to 550 yards and still stay above the 1800 fps minimum impact velocity. I don't plan to use it that far for hunting, but it is nice to have the capability.
I may have it with me for elk hunting this year as well-I have a cow tag.
My 280AI center-grip XP-100 is my primary for elk this year.
 

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Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x32. I've only used 8x on the range and normally use 2.5x when hunting. The most accurate bullets ever in my Dominator where the Sierra 130 SSPs, sadly they quit making them so I have switched to the 130 Speer BTSP I4166 and Varget are doing well, but haven't settled on a load yet. I also have and use the Nosler 120 & 140 BTs, the 120s punch a pretty clean hole and don't expand much but the 140s expand better, probably due to their construction. I read the 120s were really designed for shooting silhouette. My favorite loads are 120 Nosler BT seated at 2.875" with 45 grains of IMR 4166 for 2690 fps, 12 fps ES and 4 fps SD. 140 Nosler BT seated 2.862" with 43.5 Varget for 2587 fps, 22 ES and 10 SD.
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