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Hi, folks.

My XL7 had the problem of the left side stock putting pressure on the barrel, resulting in no better than 1,5-2 inch groups at 100 yards with my handloads. I carefully sanded the side of the stock so the barrel was free of side pressure, sitting correctly on the pressure pads. Today I took the rifle for a test drive.

I'm in short of brass right now and I heard some good things about Swedish made Norma brass, so I bought a box of Jaktmatch ammunition which are 150 grain full jacket flat base bullets loaded to 2772 fps.

The temperature was around twenty degrees with low wind. I shot about 30 rounds at the 100 yard range. Shooting was done in prone position off the sandbags in front and rear.

After 3 fouling shots off the clean barrel the XL7 started producing some of the best groupings I've ever shot with this rifle. Without much effort I could easily keep the 4 shot group size no bigger than 1 inch. There were no more of those annoying fliers I used to have before sanding the stock. I almost started to like this Norma ammunition until instead of going BANG the gun said CLICK ???. Waited for a good 30 seconds, inspected the cartridge and there was a clean firing pin strike mark on the primer. This happened 6 times randomly. Some of the cartridges had a correct firing pin mark on the primer and couple had very light mark. Could be I received a bad batch... I really hope it's not my XL7 doing some weird things again :D

Well, hoping not to find out any more dud's I proceeded to try out what the rifle is capable of and really putting my focus on the shots. Here is the result:

Sub-moa! ;)


Some other pics:

2 Dud's


 

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great shooting! seems like a common problem with the pressure points. hope its not a prob with your gun but if thats the only time its happened i'm sure its just the primers. ah well can't win em all. atleast when they do fire they hit!
 

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Indeed, the Norma cases appeared be a little short on headspace and I think the case moved forward when struck by the firing pin failing to hit primer hard enough. I shot the rest of the 50 round box today and found 5 more dud's. Heheh I've never had such a bad batch of factory ammunition...
 

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Indeed, the Norma cases appeared be a little short on headspace and I think the case moved forward when struck by the firing pin failing to hit primer hard enough. I shot the rest of the 50 round box today and found 5 more dud's. Heheh I've never had such a bad batch of factory ammunition...
I'd give them a ring on the phone or e-mail them with the problem. I wouldn't doubt it if they sent you a few new boxes or a coupon for a FREE BOX. I know Remington has done that in the past when people send them a dud 22LR shell.
 
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