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    Who's the bad influence here?

    At the range today there was a young Mennonite couple sighting in a Tikka T-3 in 22-250. They were pretty simple farming folks and showed up with some Winchester “White box” 22-250 and the rifle but that was about it. I lent them a rest and gave them some targets. After firing three, three shot groups the young man announced that the grouping wasn’t what he’d hoped for: About 1.0 -1.4 inches. I suggested that accuracy would be improved with handloads but he said that he didn’t load. I told him that up on the high shelf at the Trading Post was an old N.O.S. Lee Classic Loader in .22-250 with the original $10 price tag on it and that he might want to look into it. They left.

    An hour later he returned, pretty young wife in tow, with 20 handloads they’d put together with IMR 4895 under some 55 grain Hornady Ballistic tips while sitting on the tailgate of his pickup truck, parked on the main street of our little town. I told him that I’d never seen anyone jump into reloading as fast as he had and settled down to watch him shoot. He shot five, three shot groups that measured from .3 to .5 inches. I was impressed! He put the gun up with the remaining five rounds in case he met a coyote on the ride to his farm. He then shook my hand and invited me to shoot prairiedogs on his farm whenever I wanted. They left to get an icecream cone before heading back to their place. It was refreshing to meet such a nice young couple.

    I couldn't get that Tikka's performance out of my head. I went back to town and ordered a new T-3 in .223. It’s funny the things that happen to you on a warm day at the range…~Muir

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    There you go agi'n Andy!!!......... buying toys just like one of those ice cream cones!!! Over here?........ not in a million years buddy!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Mennonite's,you planning on getting that work done at last

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    it 'does' sound like you need more rifles in your collection

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    yet to see a tikka that doesn't shoot well out the box

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    I seem to remember a certain 223 of yours, Douglas pre stressed barrel, single shot and a devastating beast on long range prairie dogs, then you went and sold the bugger, you remember "The Judge" ?

    John, down memory lane.
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Muir as upsetting as it may be to hear.

    How much did you pay for your T3?

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    John: These kids were farmers, not builders, but said that they had just bought the local septic pumping business as well. Too bad. I'd have traded off some construction around the homestead! Yes. I remember the Judge. I built it, didn't I?? It was a good shooter.... all 16 pounds of it!

    Fatbloke: $500 US delivered. Can't find them used anywhere.....~Muir

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    I knew it would be upsetting but 320 for a brand new Tikka please tell me it was the base Wooden Stocked and Blued Metalwork model

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