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Gold Cup Trophy accuracy at 50 yards?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mr. Doughnut, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Mr. Doughnut

    Mr. Doughnut New Member

    Looking for a 50-yard plinker in .45ACP.

    What is the inherent accuracy potential (i.e., capable from a machine rest) of a new box-stock Colt Gold Cup Trophy at 50 yards?

    BTW, this is not for formal competition, just plinking at 50 yards.

    When it comes to 1911s, I like Colts, but I'm not locked into the brand. Is there anything else in the Trophy's price range ($1K, roughly) that's worth looking at?

    I want to stick to a 1911 platform.

    My budget is $1,100.

  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The 50 yard NRA bullseye target has 10-ring 3.3 inches in diameter.
    Inside of the 3.3-inch 10-ring is a 1.7-inch X-ring used to break ties.

    A match gun would have to be able to stay well inside the 10-ring to even be considered competitave.

    I shot with a guy a couple of years ago who was using a Kimber Gold Match and it was one accurate pistol for sure!

    The Springfield Trophy Match is also very good.

    The Springfield Range Officer also seems to have a lot of glowing reports, and it's price isn't half bad.


  3. el Godfather

    el Godfather New Member

    Gold Cup is great pistol.

    Have you also looked at H&K Mk23?
  4. Mr. Doughnut

    Mr. Doughnut New Member

    Thanks for the replies.

    I can see how true competition guns can get very pricey.

    I'm just in this for the fun.

    My standard: Shooting offhand, I'd like to be able to hit clay pigeons that are sitting in the 50 yard berm.

    Haven't considered the HK Mk23, as I'm already familiar with 1911s. I've handled a couple of HKs over the years at my LGS. They strike me as being a little chunky.

    Mr. Doughnut
  5. creeper1956

    creeper1956 New Member

    One of the new Gold Cup Trophy or National Match models will do that all day, right out of the box. For that matter, your typical XSE model will do it too.
  6. el Godfather

    el Godfather New Member

    Ok. Well since we are talking about 1911, how would gold cup hold up to a dan wesson valor . Price is about the same, but in my opinion you get more out of box with DW.
  7. creeper1956

    creeper1956 New Member

    The DWs are pretty nice. There's a certain level of "trading on the brand name" with Colt... that's what happens when you've been doing 1911s for over 100 years. It's not a bad thing, but for a number of years, Colt's reputation was in the toilet and the hit and miss reputation was well deserved.
    The current Colts are excellent and I'd not be the slightest bit concerned with quality, but I think you pay a small premium for the name... and this is from a guy who is a well known "Coltista". :D
  8. psyopspec

    psyopspec New Member

    Any modern production handgun from a reputable company should fit the bill. Go for whatever you like. A Colt would be a fine choice, as would many others.
  9. Dlowe167

    Dlowe167 New Member

    Ive shot a Dan Wesson CCO,enjoy it alot. Seen them around $1100 on Cheaperthandirt.com .But id like too try a Colt.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Yes, but you also get it all back in spades if you ever decide to sell it.

  11. creeper1956

    creeper1956 New Member

    I've owned a good number of Colts in the 40 years I've been shooting 1911s, in fact, with the exception of a Randall "Portsider" and a Springfield Omega, they've all been Colts. Almost any time I've put one of them up for sale, especially the older pre-war and 1948-1968 guns, they sell the same day for full price and sometimes more than what I ask... so that is definitely a true statement. :D
  12. Shoot66

    Shoot66 New Member

    The reports say the Valor can do it. Not in my hands though. Most of my plinking is done at 54 yards (50 m) at clays or 4 in steel. I can do it just fine with my SIG P210, I just can´t with my Valor. I am not saying it´s the Valor´s fault.
  13. tuj

    tuj New Member

    previous poster was right, a gold cup at 50 should be able to hold the 10-ring on a bullseye target from a rest.

    A worked-over gold cup should be able to hold the X ring (1.5") for 10 shots of tuned loads or premium match ammo from a rest. That's the standard in bullseye guns. Les Baer will build you a gun that guarentees this, as will many other phenomenal bullseye smiths.
  14. WC145

    WC145 Active Member

    Find yourself a nice used hardball gun, they're set up for that type of shooting and you can find them on gunbroker from time to time. They're fun to shoot, have a lot of character, and even an older one will still be plenty accurate.
  15. Mr. Doughnut

    Mr. Doughnut New Member

    Thanks to everyone for their observations and input.

    I ended up rolling the dice on a new Sig 1911 stainless rail. (I don't need the rail, but the price was right and I really like the fit and finish.)

    After comparing the Gold Cup Trophy (stainless) with the Sig at my LGS, I had a much better gut feeling about the Sig. Simple as that.

    I'll let you know how it works out!
  16. el Godfather

    el Godfather New Member

    Good luck.
    Although, I dont believe Sig Sauer 1911 measures up to Colt GC.
  17. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Active Member

    I have a Colt XSE that could could hit clay pigeons at 50 yards all day long, provided I do my part. The barrel is not marked "NM" (National Match) on the XSE like the Gold Cup, but dang if I can tell any difference (other than the different feed ramp design).

    That said, I'm considering a Springfield Range Officer for my next "target" 1911. From all I hear, the RO is every bit as accurate as a Colt Gold Cup. Sure, it doesn't look as nice, but it's also about $350 cheaper (that's a lot of ammo, or another gun!), and you can find them just about anywhere (it took me almost 18 months to find my Colt XSE).
  18. Mike OTDP

    Mike OTDP Active Member

    WC145 is right. Look for a bullseye-tuned 1911.

    MICHAEL T Active Member

    Well when you trade the Sig in for that Colt Gold Cup. I hope you don't loose to much:rolleyes:
  20. psyopspec

    psyopspec New Member

    Congrats on finding a 1911 to fill the bill. Looking forward to the range report.

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