Sub-1/3 MOA With A Handgun

    It’s not so unusual to hear of sub-MOA accuracy or better from a well-tuned rifle. Bringing the accuracy of a rifle below half-MOA, though, is a challenge to the gunsmith and shooter alike, and every increment below that is an increasingly difficult challenge. Sub-1/3 MOA from a rifle is definitely an achievement for the gunsmith, shooter, and handloader each.

    Sub-1/3 MOA from a handgun? Get out of here (link to Accurate Shooter )!

    That’s Precision: 10 Shots in 0.29 MOA — with a Pistol!

    Report by Boyd Allen
    This pistol belongs to Dan Lutke, a Bay Area benchrest shooter who publishes the results for the Visalia matches to the competitors and the NBRSA. He has been an enthusiastic competitor for an number of years, at various ranges, notably Visalia and Sacramento. The action is a Remington XP-100, to which a Kelbly 2 oz. trigger has been fitted. On top is an old Japanese-made Tasco 36X scope (these were actually pretty darn good). The Hart barrel (a cast-off from Dan’s Unlimited rail gun) was shortened and re-chambered for the 6x45mm, a wildcat made by necking-up the .223 Remington parent case. The custom stock/chassis was CNC-machined by Joe Updike from 6061 Billet Aluminum to fit the XP-100 action and mount a target-style AR grip with bottom hand rest. The gun was bedded and assembled by Mel Iwatsubu. In his XP-100 pistol, Dan shoots 65gr custom boat-tails with Benchmark powder.

    XP100 target pistol 6x45 6x45mm benchrest

    TEN Shots in 0.303″ (0.289 MOA) at 100 Yards
    How does Dan’s XP-100 pistol shoot? Look at that target showing TEN shots at 100 yards, with eight (8) shots in the main cluster at the top. The ten-shot group measures .303″ (0.289 MOA), as calculated withOnTarget Software. Not bad for a handgun! What do you think, can your best-shooting rifle match the 10-shot accuracy of this XP-100 pistol?

    XP100 target pistol 6x45 6x45mm benchrest

    I’m not going to go out on a limb and say this is a record – but it sure isn’t far off!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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