Not one for parading my arsenal on the web but this may be of interest to anyone who is thinking of looking at the very buoyant 2nd hand market and showing just what is available
I have been shooting one of two 270's for the best part of 25 years neither one a big name brand or custom tactical rig, both perform perfectly well.
But I decided to get a 243 for Roe and foxing and picked up a nice clean Parker Hale with scope, moderator, strap and 60 rounds of Sako/Privvi and some Vmax homeloads from a very nice chap on here.
The moderator and scope were redundant as I have one of each already and the Vmax homeloads were duly pulled. I had already picked up some Lapua brass and after a perfectly average zeroing session with the factory ammo the factory brass was duly sold on.
the rifle was stripped it down to its individual components, cleaned, polished, oiled, steamed and reassembled. I fitted the moderator and my scope to the existing rings.
I am new to homeloading and am coming at it from a Scotsman's perspective not that of a benchrest shooter.
I use a Lee Classic handloader for both 270 and 243. few minimal accessories and have moved to working with one powder for both. my hardware is worth less than £100. probably the same again in bullets and powder purchased for both calibres.
I wanted to have a 100gn and an 87gn load if possible, but was warned that "100gn wont stabilise" in factory twist barrels. it seemed Ok with the factory 100gn Sako round in the first zero session so I thought I would give it a go.
Didnt get a chance to try the Vmax 75gn that I got with the rifle (anyone want to help me out on a N160 load for 75gn Vmax I would be grateful!) and need more time for the 87gn but..........
To say I am delighted with the results after a few ladder loads working up to slightly under VV quoted maximum is an understatement.
having sold the scope, the mod and the brass from the original purchase this rifle cost me a little less than £100. (obviously the scope and current mod were already mine)
lots of bargains out there, get shopping, I am off stalking!