VERY interesting and fun afternoon of target punching, scope tweaking and pellet testing. I set my target backstop at the usual 25 yards. Iattached several Shoot-N-C targets as well as some I printed. For fun, I added some paintballs sitting on top of golf tees and some lollipops. The center ofthe squareShoot-N-C is where I aligned the XL1500 with Beeman Kodiak Extra Heavy 10.6gr rounds. Took a couple of shots to get it in the 10 ring but stacked them fairly well as long as I did what I was supposed to do. I pulled a couple of times. The shots in the lower right and left were on purpose, not pulls. I'm notTHAT bad of a shot, normally. LOLAfter getting it where I wanted, I popped two paintballes and two lollipops (one shot each) on the right side. After doing some tweaking of the scope on the XL1100, I popped two paintballs on the left side. Didn't shoot the lollipops, it was getting dark. I love watching things explode.This was my first encounter with scope shimming. I bought a CenterPoint 4-16X40 at Wally World and attached it to the XL1100. I applied locktiteyesterday and let it set for several hours. I started withH&N Crow Magnums 18.21gr and it was firing 4" low after reaching the fullelevation adjustment. Icut up a 16 oz Dr Pepper bottle and made a shim from part of it. I slid this under the rear mount and retightened carefully. Shooting this target, I had to make a couple of tweaks but it fell right in within 4 clicks of guesstimatedcenter adjust. Again, a couple of fliers due to operator error and rushing.Then I switched to the Beeman Silver Bear 12.65gr ammo. Had to adjust a bit but it fell in and ripped the bull very consistantly.
The hole on the left side of the chipmunk (on paper)is wherea fireflylanded. I couldn't resist and yes, nailed it!!!! LOLNow I'm in a conundrum. My belief is the MOST important consideration in shooting (hunting or paper punching) is accuracy. The next important item in hunting is knockdown power. Now I've shot two very different rounds in the XL1100 with very impressive results. The Beeman Silver Bear gave me the best velosity and surprisingly the best fpe numbers. The spread of a 10 shot group was 23.9 fps. They averaged 979.97fps in velocity. They generated an average of 26.98 fpe. The H&N Crow Magnum weiging in at 18.21gr averaged only 808fps with an average of 26.44fpe. The spread over a 10 shot string was a mere 13.86fps. Not a lot of difference in energy but almost 180fps difference in how fast the Beeman Silver Bear makes it to the target. Crow Magnum has a lower spread, which SHOULD translate to more consistancy and accuracy. I just think a larger projectile generating almost the same energy should be more acceptable as a hunting round. But the Silver Bear generates slightly more energy and gets there faster.What do you guys think? I want to set the scope for one round and get my order on the way to PA for a stockpile. Oh, and CPUM and CPHP shot equally as well in the XL1500 with VERY little scope tweaking.Happy Shooting!!!!Dave