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Old 07-21-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Anschutz Exemplar range report

I couple of weeks or so, ago, I posted that I had lucked into finding and purchasing the superb Anschutz Exemplar 22 LR pistol. At the time, I was asked how it shoots. That's what I have been working on .... a lot, actually, as in four range visits, culminating in the one we made, this afternoon. Here it is, again, if you missed it, only now wearing a Nikon 3-9x Rimfire scope that I have been using for accuracy testing.



I have to tell you that this gun has been keeping me up nights. My first three trips to the range were a huge disappointment. No matter how or what I tried, my best five shot groups at 50 yards were 3/4" to 1 1/4" and, equally disturbing, the groups were stringy in all directions. Now, that might be good enough for some folks using lesser pistols, but it is not good enough for me and certainly not good enough for anything wearing the Anschutz name. For crying out loud, they use Anschutz rifles in Olympic competition. Shameful, just shameful.

Over the course of two weeks and three range visits, I checked everything and used every brand and model ammo I could find. I changed my grip and tried every pistol technique in the book. I took the pistol, apart, again and again and again to find the culprit. Adjusted the trigger. Scrubbed the barrel. Took a magnifying galls and inspected the crown. No results. Groups remained unworthy of an Anschutz.

At that point I was so depressed, I actually removed the scope and decided to trade the gun, away, and let someone else deal with it.

Couldn't bring myself to do it, though. Last night, I got up and took the pistol apart, yet again. My intuition and the pattern of the groups kept telling me that it was a bedding issue. I took a much closer look at the stock inletting and finally spotted something amiss. At the two points where the action rested in the stock, I noticed indentations, as in someone had over torqued the action into the stock and left it that way for years. No doubt they did just that.

Since I didn't have any bedding compound, I cut a double thickness of strips from an aluminum can and set them in the indentations. I used just enough to bring the stock back up to original specs and then torqued down the action tight, but not over-tight, in the stock. That's the way the gun had been used, before, so why not try it that way?

We returned to the range for our fourth try.

For the first time, the gun started to respond and, yes, I was using the same ammo I had been using on previous visits. At fifty yards, I took two shots to see if I needed to readjust the scope. Those two shots were touching. A couple clicks of adjustment and we were good to go. Took five shots and looked through the scope. For the first time in hundreds of rounds I had a group worthy of the gun. That was Group A. I nearly cried for joy. Shot two more groups using the same hold on the gun and they were nearly identical in size AND actually a bit smaller, just nicking half inch. Where had this gun been, all this time? My pistol was now shooting half inch groups at 50 yards and doing it, consistently.

Using 9x on a pistol ain't easy when you're so happy you could dance a jig, so I cheated and placed a bag under the butt of the grip to help steady things a bit. Now, I now better than this from having shot Contenders for so long, but had to try. Five shots got me Group B. Repeated, using the same hold and got identical group. Group size was not good, but that kind of consistency was. The gun was performing in a very predictable manner, now, something it had not done, before.

Finally decided that I had to remove myself from the equation as much as possible. I used four sandbags to completely support the gun with me only touching the gun enough with one hand to work the 6 ounces or so of trigger pull (hey, this is an Anschutz). Took a lot of fussing with the bags over the course of five shots, but I got it done. Took a look through the scope, but couldn't really see the group, so walked the fifty yards to the target and pulled it. That is Group C and, yes, folks, that is five shots. You'll just have to trust me on this, but it really is actually shots. The magazine on the Exemplar holds five shots and the gun was now empty.

I did the NCG happy dance. I told Bill that I was in no mental condition to be handling guns, now, so we cut our range visit, short, and headed for home.

I am now in the curious position of owning a pistol that is more accurate than any other gun I own, including a safe full of fine bolt rifles. Now, that is worthy of an Anschutz.


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Old 07-21-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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So it is safe to say you have a keeper there. Great report, you have a way with words.
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Good to hear you figured it out. I think you are a far better shot than I am. But I've never owned anything in your league either. Have you thought of entering the Ruger Forum Summer Contest? You can't use a scope but I bet you would do good.
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Great shooting ............I know you have TC Contenders and I'm guessing you have one in 22LR and maybe even have one with the target chamber . In your opinion which do you believe is more accurate in your testing so far . I shot the 10" TC in IHMSA in 22 matches when the Exemplar came out and only seen a few in matches , but none scoped or did know anyone who owned both guns at same time to check accuracy ..............

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That is good shooting. Are you going to bed it or leave the metal strips in it? I might be hesitant to pull it apart again with the groups that you are getting now. However I suspect that you aren't hestitant about much.
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I have a 10" bull barrel TC and also an octagon 10" in 22 LR, but nothing, yet, in a match chamber. The bull barrel, using the same scope, is a 5/8th to 3/4" 50 yard shooter, which is pretty darn good. I use one of my "bench" frames with a re-worked trigger in the 1 pound pull to get that. I've often wondered about getting a match barrel and will no doubt get one at some point.

It has been my experience, shooting XP-100s, especially, as well as some of he custom bolt guns, and falling block guns, that they do have a slight edge on break action pistols like the Contender when it comes to measuring group size. I would expect a TC match barrel to be a half inch shooter at 50, maybe even less with high class target stuff, but I would be surprised if it could catch up to the Exemplar. In fact, I am not done with the Exemplar, yet. I know it has the potential to shoot under 3/10", I really do. All I have to do is find some Eley or RWS ammo.

303, I am really more interested in competing against myself and pushing my guns to the limit of their accuracy potential. You might even say I'm obsessed about it. Besides, I'fd have to find a competition category for old ladies with old eyes to have a chance against all these young folks.
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That is good shooting. Are you going to bed it or leave the metal strips in it? I might be hesitant to pull it apart again with the groups that you are getting now. However I suspect that you aren't hestitant about much.
I will eventually do a more permanent job of bedding, but, for now, no way will I mess with it. Have a lot more shooting to do with this one, as is.
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So it is safe to say you have a keeper there. Great report, you have a way with words.
Thank you, as always, for you kind words, Seabee.
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I will eventually do a more permanent job of bedding, but, for now, no way will I mess with it. Have a lot more shooting to do with this one, as is.
I was going to suggest duck tape
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Great report and heart to stick with it and figure it out.
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I will eventually do a more permanent job of bedding, but, for now, no way will I mess with it. Have a lot more shooting to do with this one, as is.
In bedding stuff this won't shrink , run in holes and solvent won't soft it . The top benchrest shooter use this for bedding . I repaired cracks in engine with it stuff .

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I have a 10" bull barrel TC and also an octagon 10" in 22 LR, but nothing, yet, in a match chamber. The bull barrel, using the same scope, is a 5/8th to 3/4" 50 yard shooter, which is pretty darn good. I use one of my "bench" frames with a re-worked trigger in the 1 pound pull to get that. I've often wondered about getting a match barrel and will no doubt get one at some point.

It has been my experience, shooting XP-100s, especially, as well as some of he custom bolt guns, and falling block guns, that they do have a slight edge on break action pistols like the Contender when it comes to measuring group size. I would expect a TC match barrel to be a half inch shooter at 50, maybe even less with high class target stuff, but I would be surprised if it could catch up to the Exemplar. In fact, I am not done with the Exemplar, yet. I know it has the potential to shoot under 3/10", I really do. All I have to do is find some Eley or RWS ammo.

303, I am really more interested in competing against myself and pushing my guns to the limit of their accuracy potential. You might even say I'm obsessed about it. Besides, I'fd have to find a competition category for old ladies with old eyes to have a chance against all these young folks.
I'm competing against them.....not doing so hot though.
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North Country Gal, your shooting skill leaves me in awe. Your dedication to your craft is inspiring.

Only the character and personality you show us here exceeds these in my esteem. My respects, Ma'am.
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Thank you, Machinist, thank you, kindly, sir.

TX, I have used that stuff for some boat repair as a matter of fact. I may have to take a look and see if I can fins some, locally. That stuff is some serious epoxy.

303, are you having fun, though? That's the important thing. We may head to the range and just shoot for the fun of it, tomorrow. I've been so absorbed in this serious accuracy testing, that I need to relax and do some fun shooting. Yup, time for some fun.
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Thank you, Machinist, thank you, kindly, sir.

TX, I have used that stuff for some boat repair as a matter of fact. I may have to take a look and see if I can fins some, locally. That stuff is some serious epoxy.

303, are you having fun, though? That's the important thing. We may head to the range and just shoot for the fun of it, tomorrow. I've been so absorbed in this serious accuracy testing, that I need to relax and do some fun shooting. Yup, time for some fun.
I'm having a blast going to the range everyday. Only problem is I'm not getting much done around here.
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I know the feeling, but sure is fun, isn't it?
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I hope to get to the range tomorrow to try out my two 9mm handguns. I ordered two 17 round factory mags and one 18 round Mec-gar mag for the Beretta and one 8 round mag for the Walther. They are not here yet but I can try them out with the magazines I have (two each). I was going to wait until I shot them but CDNN had a sale so I went for it. I am sure the Beretta will be fine and if not it will be fixed as it is new. The Walther seems fine, feeds JHPs fine manually and it is only one in any case. If it shoots well I may pick up a couple more.

I also ordered 500 rounds of 115 grain JHPs from Freedom Munitions that should get here later this week. If they work well I may order a thousand more. With shipping and taxes the price is just under $.40 a round, good for JHPs. Just before prices went nuts I picked up 600 rounds of Federal 9mm JHPs at Cheaper Than Dirt for about this price. When I can find it online now it sells at twice the price.
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I know the feeling, but sure is fun, isn't it?
I'm sure glad Donna doesn't read this forum.
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I also ordered 500 rounds of 115 grain JHPs from Freedom Munitions that should get here later this week. If they work well I may order a thousand more. With shipping and taxes the price is just under $.40 a round, good for JHPs. Just before prices went nuts I picked up 600 rounds of Federal 9mm JHPs at Cheaper Than Dirt for about this price. When I can find it online now it sells at twice the price.
WOW .... The only ammo I need is 40SW to feed my [3] 40's . I reload everything else ... . I have 600 rds left . So if anyone see a deal on Winc 180 JHP bonded around $200 / 500 rds let me know . I have everything I need to reload 40SW in a pinch if I need too .
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Gunrunner, they do have 180 grain practice ammo at $.29 a round plus shipping and tax.

http://www.freedommunitions.com/40-S...180r-b0500.htm

They also have 165 grain hollowpoints for a little over $.33 a round but the other would be closer to the Winchester loads.

http://www.freedommunitions.com/40-S...165r-b0500.htm
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