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  1. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    .... another promised delivery date has come and gone.~Andrew
  2. Andrew

    Twist rate

    This. I shoot prairiedogs on open, wind swept grounds and even a 4-5 mph breeze will need correction at 300. YOu just need to learn our load and how it performs in the wind. No 223-launched bullet will save you from being wind-blown at longer ranges. FWIW, i shot 50 and 55 grain bullets out to 350 for years from a 1-12" without difficulty. I still have a slow twist CZ but have otherwise gone to 1-10 and 1-8" twists -the latter seeming to be the standard for many factory rifles these days.~Andrew
  3. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    So you've said. I do too but as I have indicated, patience wears thin once the man has taken your money. Still, it will come when it comes and should I have wanted to back out of the deal, a number of people would have stepped right in and I would be at the back of the line.... again! I think i'd rather be at the front!~Andrew
  4. For what it's worth, the big shop in the City that I frequent has had a short string of Bergara 6.5's on their second hand rack. ( don't know the model, it has a Ruger Precision-like chassis) These are rifles that they have sold and have had returned. I do not know the reason but our gun club treasurer bought one some time back and it wouldn't group so he took it back to the shop and they said it was a "known problem" with the crown and replaced the rifle on the spot. Another curious thing is that their long range expert (ahem!) used to push a Bergara on every one who mentioned the word 'rifle'. Not so much anymore. I have read great things here about Bergaras but at the dealership I have seen some mediocre representative grouping (MOA with Hornady Match) and several returned rifles. It gives one the sense that these rifles may be a hit and miss affair. I have zero personal experience with them myself. ~Andrew
  5. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    Two previous arrival dates have come and gone so I'm taking this news with a pinch of salt. This does put the arrival closer to the vague "July" date that everyone else has been given so this might be the real arrival date. In any event, I'll post my results and hopefully, some groups.~Andrew
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    New Tikka rimfire

    An update of sorts. I went into the City to get some powder and the gun floor manager found me and told me that Beretta USA has guaranteed his and my T1X to be in the store within two weeks. I wanted to ask if he would give me a brick of Lapua 22LR Match for every day over two weeks that it was late but he seemed so genuinely excited that I didn't want to pee on his rose bed.~Andrew
  7. Yup. This speaks for me as well.~Andrew
  8. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    ~Andrew
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    New Tikka rimfire

    I also have Anschutz. They are....pretty. I was at the SHOT show a few years back and asked the SAKO/Tikka folks how they determined which barrels went on SAKO and which went on Tikka rifles. The answer was that the barrels all come off the same production line no matter what. I don't recall shooting an inaccurate FinnFire. What I have found was that my Anschutz, when compared across a wide spectrum of munitions, were no more accurate than others shooting ammunition they like. If anything, they had better triggers and that was it. A friend just bought a $499 Ruger Precision 22LR and it is no less accurate than his 64 MS when fed ammo it likes. The T1X is a hunting rifle and despite the "Multi Purpose Rifle" designation, the MPR is a target rifle. When mine shows up I'll post some comparative groups**.~Andrew (**Between a M64 and the T1X)
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    New Tikka rimfire

    I had to pay for mine to get it ordered. I think just waiting for them to hit the shelves will have you waiting longer yet! The shop I ordered mine from (a Tikka dealer) said that the 10 rifles in each chambering they ordered are already sold and spoken for. I really have no problem waiting -look at the NET: No on has them yet on either side of the pond. What really bugs me is the lack of wherewithal exhibited by the dealer when they don't call (Beretta USA in my case) and get an update to pass on to a customer that has already paid in full, and whose rifle is now 6 weeks over due. The last time I talked to the gun department manager about my Tikka (and his because they were on the same Special Order Form last December) all I got was a lame smile and a shrug. "I don't know..." That gets me a little miffed. I don't' expect him to knit aT1X for me out of cobwebs but a more informed answer would have been a bit more respectful -especially in light of the fact that the shop has had my money for six months. Once you've handed over the cash and the deadline has come and gone, it is no longer simple 'impatience" on the part of the anxious buyer. I don't think that some form of explanation is unreasonable and the dealer who can't provide it is not looking out for the interests of the customer.~Andrew
  11. Leave it long. You can always cut some off but going the other way? Not so much. Twenty two inches was optimal for my 17 Mach IV. Should be great for the 17 Hornet.~Andrew
  12. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    You and me both. And I had to pay delivery price in full a the time I ordered it! ~Andrew
  13. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    And it's now a month overdue with no reason given......~Andrew
  14. Andrew

    Depth of bullet inside the case

    A US Marine once told me "If it looks stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid." There is some wisdom there! That said, some of my most accurate cartridges have the bullet seated well into the case: 300 WM., 300AAC, and 6.5 Grendel have been the three rounds i have been shooting this month. All half MOA class with the bullets seated deep into the case.~Andrew
  15. Andrew

    Tikka 260 T3x odd groupings

    New rifle new shooting dynamics. I have a CZ 527 Grendel that I am finally coming to terms with, performance wise. It's taken me about a hundred rounds to really get to know how to shoot it for group. Off hand in the field, no problem. I've already taken deer with it, but squeezing the smallest grouping needed practice. ~Andrew
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    Tikka 260 T3x odd groupings

    It looks like an inconsistent hold. Maybe you just need to get used to it more.~Andrew
  17. Andrew

    Primer seating tool

    I just bought a Forster priming tool two nights ago. Haven't tried it yet but it came highly recommended.~Andrew
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    New Tikka rimfire

    I had a 64MS model and sold it. It was accurate but not commensurate with the price tag. As to the delay, you might be right. I went into the city yesterday and stopped into the store I ordered the Tikka from. The gun department manager and I both had rifles on the same 'special order' sheet and he couldn't offer me any updates but said he would look into it. I already bought a Tikka case, the accessory stock attachments, and ordered a new suppressor.~Andrew
  19. Living in Montana has it's perks. This is one of a couple of informal ranges we have available that reach to 850 and beyond. The most challenging is a timbered canyon that has maddening wind shifts and eddies. Dependent on the time of year and foliage, there is better than a mile to be had but the bullet's path takes it past rock faces, over coolies (right angle ravines coming in from the canyon walls) and through stands of timber. All of which play hell with bullet. It's great shooting when you can decipher the conditions and find a path to the steel, but on other days the conditions are too wild. You really need to work at it. On one outing we had a very good west coast PRS shooter with us for some 850 yard plinking. About 3 minutes into firing a wind came up (with the accompanying dust and debris) that held a steady 27-34 mph. One fellow retired to the pickup truck, the PRS guy hung with us. Afterwards he described the conditions as "sporty". ~Andrew
  20. This is so true! Our Sunday afternoon long range group sets a steel target at 540 just to get a quick scope zero verification. The next target is 614 and then they space out to a tad short of a mile.~Andrew
  21. Andrew

    OCW method and seating depth

    I agree with the man's statement about seating depth. I load to recommended OAL for all loads.... the same way manufacturers load their match ammunition. ~Andrew
  22. Andrew

    Quickload check

    Reloading data is not an absolute. I have several cartridges that give "max" velocities with a mid range load. I also have some that struggle to hit predicted velocities. You'll get no confirmation from the internet. Consider yourself blessed and go shooting!~Andrew
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    Quickload check

    What does Hodgdon say about expected velocities? The manufacturer's established data is always Quickload's recommended default. ~Andrew
  24. Andrew

    New Tikka rimfire

    According to all the reviews, it does come with a standard, adult sized stock. I hunt with a T3 lite and when set up with identical glass and sling and weight of trigger pull, the T1X should provide some inexpensive practice. ~Andrew
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    New Tikka rimfire

    This more recent vid seems to indicate that the bottom plate from the T1X will transfer to other stocks? ~Andrew
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