The 'marmite gun' has arrived!
I am now the proud owner of a beautiful Parker Hale Safari in .270 Winchester. It's in immaculate, barely used condition with a fantastically patterned walnut stock and matt black metalwork. I have crowned it with a classic fixed stalking scope - another Meopta 7x50 as I'm a bit of a Meopta fan these days - in original Parker Hale rings.
I have put around 30 rounds through it so far, zeroing and getting the feel of the gun - my shoulder remains intact, as do my fillings and eardrums (although without the mod' it is VERY VERY loud ). With the moderator in place, it doesn't really feel much different to any other larger calibre rifle I have fired - just a definite shove; .270W certainly does not appear to be the vicious, unmanageable beast many have assured me it is... Next job is to grab some .270 dies and work up a home-load for deer using 130gn bullets - probably partitions, although I'm open to suggestions for other non-BT bullets (I've got a stock of Reloder 22 so I'm keen to use that up)?
First outing this evening if the rain holds off