Sunday I finally sat down at the bench to start shooting my 220F. Mounted the Leupold 2X7 VXII Shotgun scope using Warne extension bases (and Warne rings). Long extension on the front and a short extension on the back.
Everything was at 50 yards this weekend, just to see what grouped. Plus it was pretty windy, but I went ahead anyway shooting into the SSE where the wind was coming from. I test my loads from a cradle rest.
First Remington Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded 2 3/4 - First 3 shots into an inch....like magic. Of course 6 inches left and 2 inches low. But these were the first 3 shots after sighting down the bore and aligning the scope.
Next Federal Barnes Expanders, 3" - I had more of these, so played around with elevation adjustments. I had several 3 shot cloverleafs. But they seemed to move up and down more than the Remington. a 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 inch group to go along with three groups under 1 1/2". But it was windy, and the wind was in my face.
Federal Barnes tipped. Just like the non tipped. 2 great groups and one stinker.
Remington AccuTips 3" - The gun just liked them....maybe it was because these were the last I shot. The barrel was cleaned every other group (every six shots). I had a cool clean barrel. Shot 3 consecutive 1" groups (OK maybe 1 1/16, but I didn't mike them). I also believe I timed the wind better at this point. But this was VERY nice.
Other comments: This is a sweet little item to shoot. Mellow, even. I shot a bunch and you never feel the thing recoil. extremely pleasant. But, it won't eject worth a c*@p. Not a major problem for me at this point. I expect to be a little more jacked up shooting at deer and I'll probably cycle the bolt like a banshee. Wouldn't want to have my life depend on it. But I deer hunt from tree stands or a hoch sitz (elevated blind) and I get looks at pretty undisturbed deer. The way I look at it, it will be a second shot improvement over my muzzleloader.
Hope this helps.