Took my new Steyr Pro hunter 6.5 x 55 out for the first time today. Has a box of Privi P 156g and some home loads which included 3 loads of 129g Hndy SST's and a load of 95g VMAX. Got the rifle on the paper with the bore slighter then zero's at 100 yards (will adjust this next week at the range to 1" high at 100 yards). Started off with the privis and to my amazement (didn't expect much for £14 a box) I achieved a sub 1" group at 100 yards. Then tried the SST's and found that they were almost bang on the same zero and the same with the VMAX. All nice tight groups. Moved out to 200 yards but had the sun almost directly in-front of us so had to improvise with a bit of a sun screen and found it hard on max magnification on the scope so stayed at 18 mag. Shot 5 of the SST's and 5 of the Privis and had a walk back to check the groups. Was very pleased to find that considering he conditions I had managed a 1.5" group with both rounds, the SST's had dropped close to 6" (which is almost bang on the ballistics calc which stated 5.5") and the Privis had dropped a further 4 inches. Happy with where my POI was at that range we decided to set up the 'GONG'. My mate had made a 10" solid steel (apx 20mm think steel plate) plate, which we hung from a tree apx 2M off the floor(Before I get slated for safety, this is on a property right out in the wilds, this particular spot has a very large bank right behind it sloping up onto moorland, we were shooting down hill with a good view of the whole area, so very safe).
We took turns taking shots at the GONG at 200 yards, which was good fun, seeing the thing shoot back and up adn then hearing the 'DING'. Ive got a range day on Saturday so will give it another good test and then get some practice on sticks ready for my first deer stalk with John for YRS in February.
All I can say is that considering the bad press this rifle gets for the flimsy stock (and it is very flimsy) I didn't have one flyer out of 50 rounds fired and was very impressed with the safety system, trigger, action and the fit of the stock. The for-end was touching the barrel for every shot I took due to me shooting off a bipod and it didn't cause me an issue. At this point not going to mess with the for-end, I can handle it being floppy (happens to us all after a few beers ). If it aint broke don't fix it!! Very pleased, I got a real bargain and couldn't believe the minimal level of recoil from such a powerful round. Im sure Ill get slated for saying this but it compares with the kick off my 22.250.