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  1. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Back from the range. I need to preface this report by saying that the weather did not clean up as we had hoped and the overcast skies were still hovering over near freezing temps. The wind was also a small factor but it was more like a stiff breeze. We did very little shooting at 50 yards but spent a great deal of time at 25 with a variety of ammunitions. Between us we had a Sako Finfire heavy barreled match rifle and two Tikka T1X. The Sako was shot off of a bipod and the Tikkas off of a canvas shooting bag. No rifle had a rear rest. We shot ammo we had from Federal "Lightning" uber bargain basement ammo to Federal Ultra Match with several brands and styles of bullet inbetween. The punch line: I can honestly say there was no difference in accuracy between the rifles. This was switching shooters, swapping rifles, but always comparing the same ammunition per session. The most accurate was the RWS-made Federal Ultra Match. Swapping rifles and shooters produced identical groups across the board using it. At 50M the Federal / RWS was shooting 1/4" to 5/16" but to show what trollops the Tikka's were, they out the $1.99/50 Federal Lightning into a half inch. Almost always four cutting and one out, which I believe is simply the ammunition. At 25M the Ultra Match was delivering bug holes from all three rifles. They would put the bullets into as small a hole as the shooter was able to hold steady enough for. All the shooters were amazed at the lack of fussiness all three rifles showed. When I asked the other two shooters if they would agree that all three rifles were equally accurate they said yes without hesitation. ~Andrew
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    New Tikka rimfire

    I was in the City today to take advantage of a sale at one of the ranch stores and pick up some more Federal Ultra Match 22LR in the process. A friend rode along and after the ranch store stop, we made our way to the store where I bought my T1X. They had received a total of 5 of the 22LR in stock but were reduced to one by this afternoon. My friend bought it. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to break and we will see some warming to above freezing. My friend and I will bring our T1Xs to try at a variety of ranges and another friend will being his SAKO FinnFire Match rifle. Should be an interesting show down. I'll let you know how it goes.~Andrew
  3. Andrew

    .224 Valkyrie

    I'm sorry to hear that. Doesn't seem right. ~Andrew
  4. Andrew

    .224 Valkyrie

    It will end up getting better. A stunning development with thr Valkyrie here is that the inexpensive ($11/20) Federal American Eagle 75 grain FMJ will shoot ridiculously small groups from AR's. Better or equal to the heavier match loads. Valkyrie ammo and components are now available and inexpensive here. I wonder when that will materialize for UK shooters?~Andrew
  5. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I haven't mounted that grip yet. I was planning on using it for prone shooting during the 200 yard comp, along with the foreend that will have a permanently attached bipod rail. Neither of these items would be of much use for small game hunting. To me. at least.~Andrew
  6. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    It was only 25M due to weather and lighting.~Andrew
  7. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Had the Tikka out briefly just at the end of daylight so that I could quick-check the zero after moving the glass. Used the Aguila HV and again, shot all 10 inside about a 35 caliber hole. It was almost dark but I decided to try some Federal Ultra Match (Made by RWS and rebranded) for 5 rounds. All five shots went into a single bullet hole. It was too dark to continue. All the shooting was done with my suppressor in place, btw.~Andrew
  8. Andrew

    New barrel breaking in

    It never would have seen a round through it. He'd have gotten it back the moment I got 'run in' instructions.~Andrew
  9. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I have found that the wind is the greatest bugger-boo. Additionally, I don't have the kind of follow thru skills needed to shot sub-sonic / match ammo into small groups from a light rifle. Wind is the worst though: With some loads it only takes an errant puff of wind to destroy a good group. Other than a series of groups I fired on one magical day with PMC Rifle Match from a Brno, I have found that good quality 40 grain HV delivers the most consistent accuracy at 100 yards provided the wind gods allow it. I shoot quite a bit of the old Eley primed, Aguila HV "Super Extra" 40 grain. I fell into these when I was comparing this to some SK Standard and found smaller ES and SD from the Aguila over several lot numbers. I have not tried it at distance with the Tikka (indeed, winter's blast has kept me from shooting the Tikka or anything for that matter...) but I'm guessing it will at least stay in the MOA range at 100 yards as it does in my CZ's and BRNO's. I hope so as I am planning on using the Tikka for our clubs 200 yard matches this coming summer!~Andrew (PS: Are the replacement fore-end and pistol grip options available to you on GB? Ridiculously inexpensive here)
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    New Tikka rimfire

    What makes the Tikka less accurate at 100 yards?? I have never encountered this problem with a 22LR when all things are equal.~Andrew
  11. Andrew

    New barrel breaking in

    Roy: Thanks for posting that McMillan piece. I have been meaning to look it up. It a waste of time and barrel life. I have always contended that if I was told to 'run in' a high dollar custom barrel I would ask for my money back. ~Andrew
  12. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I got to shoot my rifle only briefly as I was being buffeted by a snow storm. My rifle has a superb trigger and is ammo/shooter capable. I tried two kinds of Aguila ammunition -one high velocity and the other their old Rifle Match. The rifle match shot bug holes at 25M (visibility was too poor for 50) and the HV put 10 rounds into about a 3/8" diameter hole. I am going to try it again tomorrow. I expect good things.~Andrew
  13. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    And just like that? It arrived this afternoon with no warning other than a call from the shop. I'm quite happy. A quick 120 mile drive and it is home. Happy days! ~Andrew
  14. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Great to hear. Thanks. Still no word on US deliveries.~Andrew
  15. Andrew

    Best tool for removing military crimp?

    I agree. Love mine.~Andrew
  16. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I'm liking everything I'm seeing and hearing so far.... even the cheap stock. My rifles see some rough work so any stock I can drag over barbed wire and rocks without shedding a tear is good for me. I really appreciate all the updates and range reports.~Andrew
  17. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Thanks! Glad to see it works.~Andrew
  18. Andrew

    Vortex Strike Fire II red dot

    For a 22 it would be gigantic.~Andrew
  19. Andrew

    Vortex Strike Fire II red dot

    I have the Vortex Sparc in a couple of versions. One is on my girlfriends Beretta Storm 9mm carbine and the other on my ISSC "Skar" clone 22LR. I like Vortex RD's in general but I can say from past experience that 4 MOA will not be pleasing. The smaller dot is why I chose the SPARC versions.~Andrew
  20. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I would be really happy just to see some more 50M groups. Less influence from externals. I have shot some miniscule groups at 100 when the wind gods smiled but I know that they are not always 100% representative.~Andrew
  21. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Dang. I am envious.~Andrew
  22. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I have a couple of dozen 22LR that won't be getting much field time once (if-ever) my T1X arrives.~Andrew
  23. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Jesus. 5 to 8mm?!? Could be bettered???? Now I really want Beretta USA to get off their a$$ and get-me-my -rifle!! (ARRGH!) ~Andrew
  24. Andrew

    300 Win Mag Reloading

    It is a very accurate bullet but I have yet to take it to any serious distance. My initial loads of RL22 were too anemic and then I got distracted and the project got shelved til after hunting season~Andrew.
  25. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    I stopped into the shop I bought my T1X from yesterday and spoke to the gun department manager. Another dose of gibberish culminating in a shrug of the shoulders when asked when Beretta will ship the T1X. I'd really like to shoot it before it gets to -25F! ~Andrew
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