what do i go for???
looking for a 243 set up has got my head done in been offered/saw in a shop
cz 550 american with a dm80 mod £500
browning a bolt doctor scope t4 mod £700
parker hale £300
tikka m55 screw cut £250
or hold out for a 2nd hand or new T3?????
please help me decide
Well they will all get the job done. Do you want new or s/h? Do you want wood or plastic? If you can try them out, if not which one fits you best. Consistancy of quality probably goes to the Browning. I'm sure others here own some of these rifles and can tell you more.
It all depends on your budget; I would be inclined to go for the T3 with an s&b 6x42 Hungarian on top and any moderator. But if going second hand ask the RFD to guarantee accuracy i.e. if you cant get it to shoot sub 1.5 inches and you know you are capable of it then the RFD will take it back and change it for something else. This wont stop you getting something coming to the end of its life but it should prevent you ending up with something completely shot out. Some keepers give a rifle so much use it could be shot out but only be a few years old and still look quite good from the outside if he has looked after it.
Tikka M55 over the rest and a T3
Very well engineered, just depends on the condition of the barrel.
Also good base for future rebarelling.
at the moment ive set my sights on a tikka T3 hunter so i'll keep you informed
I've got the T3 Stainless Synthetic in 6.5 x 55, and I'm well happy with it. Excellent accuracy with factory ammo. Scope wise I got an excellent price on a 3-12 x 56 Docter, however if I was buying again, would probably go for fixed 8x56 S&B.
As you are doing foxing also, you might want to look for a Zeiss Conquest 6.5 - 20 x 50. I have just bought one a few months old for £550 to sit on my hmr. Would also sit well on a .243 and give you the extra mag for your foxing.
Moderator wise, it's the Jet-Z, which has excellent moderation, although it makes the rifle unbalanced as it is an end of barrel mod. Going to try an overbarrel mod to see if it improves the balance.
Your welcome to have a look at any of my gear, just ask.
p.s. make sure whatever you buy is easy to resell
Cheers Stu. I am just in the middle of a tikka t3 hunter deal which comes with a t8 fitted so i will only need rings and a scope and i think the S&B 8x56 is the way i am going.
just an update chaps i bought the tikka m55 243 just need some bits before i can get out
May I wish you good fortune with your new acquistion and please keep us informed ahow it goes.