XP - Center grip or rear grip

Discussion in 'Specialty Handgun Hunting' started by Len Backus, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    I will be using a rifle scope and most times will be in a seated position because of terrain and vegetation where I hunt in Wisconsin. I'll have a bipod at the front and a tripod (Stoney Point Tagalong) for rear support. I am going with a 12 pound weight for my rig to reduce recoil and want to be able to spot my hits since I hunt alone most often.

    Which should I get, center or rear?
     
  2. Ernie

    Ernie SPONSOR

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    I would choose center.
     

  3. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks, Ernie, and why would you choose center, please?
     
  4. 3sixbits

    3sixbits Well-Known Member

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    I like the way the Mcmillan stock balances the 14" barrel on my old XP 100 action, but mine is used only from available rests or offhand. Also, I only use it as a .223 Rem. Recoil is not an issue. It does kill moose however.
     
  5. Ernie

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    When using a rifle scope you would want (at least I do) the ocular of the scope to be as close to you as possible. That is one of the advantages of the center-grip design.
     
  6. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

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    I will second the center grip. It just has a better balance and I like the position of the gun being closer too.
    I'll let you try one when we get together again, it's a 7br.
     
  7. sscoyote

    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    X4, and i especially like the McMillan in the Swirly pattern tho i doubt the color of the stock will have a lot to do with balance/fit/recoil reduction.
     
  8. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Len

    I agree with everyone about the center grip but it does
    have one drawback (the trigger link) it can be troublesome
    with a real lite trigger.

    I have a 7-08 with a heavy 16" ss hart and found 3" to 4"
    of eye relief was not enough so I went to an intermediate
    eye relief 2 x 7 burris, very tough and works great.

    I also have a 444 marlin in a 14" barreled contender by JDJ
    and due to very heavy recoil I use a 3x burris long eye relief and 4 scope rings(kept shearing off the 3rd ring on a
    3 ring redfield set up).

    I find both intermediate and long eye relief scopes perform
    well so be carefull if you decide to use a rifel scope with
    a heavy recoiling pistol.

    Just my 2 cents
    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. billt

    billt Active Member

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    This Fajen works well in my .35 Remington. It balances and handles recoil very well. Bill T.
     
  10. hshunter

    hshunter Well-Known Member

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    I too like the center grip, (HS), owned a couple of weatherby rear grips and sold them. just didn't like the feel or the accuracy.
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  11. billt

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    The only thing I don't like about the center grip is all the spaghetti that connects the trigger to the sear. Bill T.
     
  12. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

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    Go to a local silhouette match and see if someone has a Mike Dewey or Dell Taylor trigger setup in their gun and I'll bet they'll let you try it, very nice down to 4 oz.