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Sweet Googly-Moogly! This XD-357 is a shooter!!

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Every time I take this XD out, I am impressed by how well it shoots. It is right up there with my P320 and Glock 31 as my favorite striker-fired 357Sig.
This was also probably the hottest range trip I have ever experienced - mid 90's. I prefer the cold if anything so....yoi! After 150 round thru my Grand Power, I had to shut it down after one box thru the XD. But, what a box it was! Federal American Eagle - 125g - FMJ.
I came within one shot of having no misses out of a box of 50. I have only done that once before - with the CZ P-09 and Sig Sauer - 125g - FMJ ammo. It was even more of a challenge on this day though as I had three knockdowns rather than one, and the knockdowns were at 36 yards rather than 32 yards. I had moved most of the targets closer, as I had moved back to keep in the shade, but the knockdowns, the popper and the far steel were at their usual spots ...and therefore further away!
Anyway, here are the first three shots on paper at 14 yards (all standing and offhand as usual):

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I didn't use the same aiming point for the next three shots, to try to attain the tightest group. I wanted to hit the orange dot! Still, not a bad six shot group:

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I then put three shots on all the steels with no misses. Only one shot on the knockdowns at 36 yards tho' - as they were all hits!!

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(The knockdowns are an 8" round, an 8" square and then a 7.2x12" small silhouette)
Then I went around the horn again....again with no misses!! Here are all six on the gong at 25 yards:

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And a nice little check-mark pattern on the popper at 31 yards to show all six hits!:

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I then concentrated the rest of the shots on the far steel at 53 yards. On shot #49 out of the box (yes 49!!:burn:) I had a miss. Hit on the last shot to go 13/14 on the far steel:


I may have missed a rare opportunity. Oh well, just have to try again! No malfunctions at all - as I would expect with Federal ammo and the XD.

Totals for the gun:

357Sig: 595 rounds representing 11 offerings
40S&W: 0 rounds representing 0 offering

Parting shot: Two shots, two knockdowns on the 8" square at 36 yards:

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Thoughts bought this gun for $300 at pawn shop. Wife bought it for my 34 bday hints the 34 I put on it. Complaints and hate accept first time trying this just looking for opinion
Looking good, and comforting. :)
Had the XD out again.... Took out a couple of loads that I just wanted to turn into empty brass and one good load.
First load up was Battle Born Ammunition - 124g - TMJ (RL) This is no longer made...has been sitting around for years. I seemed to recall that out of the P229, it
had one or two issues..... and about every third shot wandered off somewhere. Same experience with the XD. I had two failures to go into battery....the OAL of the rounds may have been too long. Here are six shots at 18 yards - four shots on and two wandered off somewhere:
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Next load up was Vairog -125g - FMJ - very nice load. Only two misses out of the whole 50 yard steel. No malfunctions. Here is 10/10 on 18 yard steel to my left:

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Was also 10 fer 10 on 18 yard steel to my right. And 3/3 on each of the knockdowns @33 yards:

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Then 10 outta 12 on the far steel @50 Yards:
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The remaining shots were at a paper target.

Next load up, the notoriously bad SBR (S. Ballistics Research) - 125g - HP. I bought a whole case of this stuff years ago...still have 250 rounds to churn thru. Won't shoot well out of any of my pistols. Occasionally, one will fly straight... here are two that paper @ 14 yards:
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Unfortunately the remaining rounds flew everywhere....most keyholing at 14 yards:

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A closeup of two bullets going thru the paper sideways:
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Amazingly I went 2/2 on 18 yard steel to my left..... but at the 33 yards knockdowns, most shots were digging holes in the dirt at about 24 yards!

Totals for the gun:

357Sig: 745 rounds representing 13 offerings
40S&W: 0 rounds representing 0 loads ( I need to put the 40 barrel in and give it a go!!)

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