Just thought I’d post my rather unscientific findings whilst running in and initial zeroing of my new Tikka T3 Lite .243 I picked up a few weeks ago.
I elected to go by the “Wipe-Out” method for running in the barrel.
The method can be found here near the bottom of the page:
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Now, I understand there are a many different opinions regarding the running in a barrel, some for , some against, (a simple search on the forum will back this up) but I researched a good bit on here and decided the Wipeout method suited me fine.
So after the initial cleaning of the barrel it was time to see what/where it would be shooting.
I picked up a box of Remmington 90 Grn PSP’s and Federal Power Shock Classic 90grn’s just to get me going & see if there was any discernable difference between the two factory rounds.
My dealer sighted in the scope roughly when I purchased the rifled so hopefully it’d be on paper at least
Anyway, got to my permission and set up a target approx 110yds away.
First shot through barrel was the Rem PSP without the mod and it was about 2” left & 2” low at approximately 110yds without the mod. So it was at least in the ballpark
I then tried the Moderator (Third Eye Spartan Mod)
It was shooting about 4.5” low with the Rem 90grn.
With the Federal it was 4.5” low and about 1” to the right.
1st shot :
It was time up for me but I left happy in the knowledge it all worked ok and gave the barrel two sessions of Wipeout bore foam that night.
I had some free time this week went back out to run some more rounds through and generally have a play and see about trying an initial zeroing in.
I set up 2 targets side by side at approx 110yds
( bad weather & royal mail still not here with my Rangefinder yet!!)
Not as cold as last week but a bit more wind.
I decided to fire my Remmington rounds to the left target and the Federal’s to the right hand side target to give me a comparison on the differing rounds.
Moderator was now on for all the below shots
I fired off a set of 4 rounds by using
1 x Remmi @ Left target,
followed by 1 Federal @ Right target
This sequence continued for the rest of my testing/arsing about.
- First 2 x Remmingtons were within an inch grouping but approx 2.5” low - No adjustment on the Scope
- First 2 x Feds were over 1” apart and max 3” low - No adjustment on the scope
I gave the barrel a Wipeout when cooled as per instructions and found almost no fouling so set about putting another string of shots out.
I tried a 3rd Shot without any scope adjustment to see if cleaning made any change:
- 3rd Remmi was about 1.5” low
- 3rd Fed was bob on height wise but about 0.75” to the left
I adjusted the Swaro 8x50 6 clicks higher (1 click being 0.36” @ 100yds)
- 4th Remmington was 1” low, ¼” left
- 4th Federal was way off, I knew I’d pulled the shot but again, it’s all practise!!
- 5th Remmington was about1” & ¼” higher than shot 4
- 5th Federal was 1” Low and 1” left
Remmington Target :
I was now short of time but I will get out next week and continue zeroing in until it’s about 1” high at 100yds.
At least I know it’s going in the right direction and I’ll continue with the Wipeout shooting/cleaning until these 2 boxes are finished and take it from there.
I appreciate it’s a bit of a mickey mouse field type test as there are many varying factors like temperature, wind speed, and most importantly not forgetting me behind the trigger
However, I found it all quite useful doing it “real world” with Bipod and sitting and prone as opposed to using solid rests and bench so hopefully practise will make near perfect…
Im now looking forward to finalising my zeroing in and getting to know the rifle much more before I’m happy to head out for my intended quarry. Im not wanting to rush.
Now, final request.........please don’t ban me for being boring, once the Salmon fishing season starts I promise I’ll have less time on my hands to post nonsense!!!