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Colt Series 80

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Walkalong, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. Walkalong

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    I recently purchased a slightly used Series 80 Colt set up by a gunsmith up in NYC. It is the nicest 1911 I own. It is slick and smooth, feeds 100% with SWC's and is serious accurate.

    I took it out today to fine tune a couple of loads and shot this target with Berry's 185 Gr. SWC's and N320. It shoots a couple of others loads as well also, but I nailed this one. I put 7 rounds through one hole at 7 yds. The hole to the left is where the target blew over in the way. The bullet made that hole and went through the first bullets hole as well. I stapeled the left side of the target and finished the clip. :D

    I changed the mag release (because it was SS) to a blue Ed Brown and changed the scope (Leupold/Gilmore) to the Ultra Dot LT, because I like that little Red Dot so much. I need to order another when $$'s permit. I "borrowed" this one off another pistol ! I am also going to shorten the Weigand mount when I get a chance.

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  2. Mad Magyar

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    Nice gun & nice shooting...:) I wish I had some "big-$$$$'s"...:D
     
  3. Walkalong

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    $984 plus shipping and $20 to my FFL. Not bad for what I got I thought.
    Wilson barrel and match bushing - fitted. STI internals for a superb trigger. Weigand mount - mounted. Red Dot - which I will use on something. Wilson Safety. Pachmyar slide stop.

    Definitely not cheap, but not "big bucks" either. :)
     
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    Haha...awesome man.
     
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    Make room.. lol

    ...

    :what: <<:a picture is worth a thousand of my words..

    :) and that is why I'm keeping that great picture, gun, and target shooting, in my picture album..

    SWEET!!!

    The_COLT rides ON..


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  7. crankshop1000

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    I can do the same thing with my $379 Rock Island 1911A1 with a crimson trace. Not trying to knock your ability (which is very high), just trying to point out it is the shooter more than the gun!! Nice piece, by the way.I like the mount system.Chuck.
     
  8. XavierBreath

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    I'm wondering..........How does one continue to drill holes in a bullseye when the bullseye is covered completely with a side of the target folded over it by the wind? That's some serious shooting. Almost like X-ray vision or something. Were you using a rest or something?

    Crankshop, if the gun isn't accurate, all the sighting systems and all the shooter in the world can't make it achieve consistent scores. A shooter requires a pistol that is accurate enough to live up to his abilities. Not even Rob Leatham can make an inaccurate pistol accurate. I'm not saying your RIA isn't capable, but the pistol does play a role.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    Nope, it's the gun, trust me.

    The target blew and folded over in the way of the second shot as I fired. I stopped, stapled the left side of the target and finished the clip. I was shooting 10 rounds to get numbers on the load and check accuracy. (I shoot though the chrono to get both and save rounds) I stopped shooting on target when I finished the clip, removed the target and shot the last three. ( Didn't want to blow it. :D )

    Two hands standing. My best group in a while.

    Berry's 185 SWC @ 1.190 0.A.L.
    5.7 Grs. N320
    WLP Primer
    888 Avg FPS from the 5" Colt.
    839 Avg FPS from a 5" STI/Caspian build

    This load is safe in my guns. Reduce 10% to start.
    It is under max by Vihtavuori online data.
     
  10. AtticusThraxx

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    Sweet 80 dude. You get to thinking it needs extensive testing and you don't have then time, send it my way. Heck, I might even give it back someday! Enjoy!
     
  11. XavierBreath

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    I shot a group like that once...............

    When I shot the second round, I ruined it. :uhoh:
     
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    Here are two 10 shot groups with similar loads from the weekend before. The N320 outshot the N310. I was able to repeat that one hole group that same day with the same load with my last three rounds. (yea, only three, much easier) It got 4 stars in my load book. Sometimes my load book will say. Load accurate. I shot bad. I give a load like that, which tried to shoot, another chance later.

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    Sometimes it just all comes together.
    You want to know how many ugly groups I have shot to go along with this one below? If we could do it every time, where would the challenge be.

    5 shots into .144 @ 100 yds @ registered Benchrest Match. Fayette Al. Last match at that range before they moved. :cool:
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  13. Ala Dan

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    Hey Anthony My Friend-

    You're holding out on me 'bud; as I did not know 'bout that one~! :uhoh:

    Very, very nice and great shoot'in ---------Enjoy~! ;) :D
     
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    I just picked up this 80 a few weeks ago. It is stock, but has great rigger and very smooth. I only have about 200 rnds thru it, but no problems yet.

    BTW, does Ultra-Dot make a dovetail mount for your red dot?

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  15. Walkalong

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    I don't think so.

    J-Point does make one for the 1911's. I had a Jpoint on a Kimber for a while. I liked it. It was not quite as nice as the Ultra Dot LT, but smaller and fit real well on the 1911.
     
  16. Walkalong

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    I don't think they have them for the Ultra Dot LT.

    J-Point does make one for the 1911's. I had a Jpoint on a Kimber for a while. I liked it. It was not quite as nice as the Ultra Dot LT, but smaller and fit real well on the 1911.

    Midway has J-Points and mounts as well.

    When I get home I can post a pic of the J-Point on the Kimber. - Here it is.
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  17. gbran

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    THX

    I have 2 JPoints, both w/weaver mounts. I also have a non-functioning old Optima 2000 that has a dove tail mount.
     
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