Hi, having purchased a new rifle I thought I'd post my experience of dealing with Steve Beaty from Ivythorn sporting.
I decided to sell my Sako 75 in 6.5x55 in favour of a .30-06 a couple of months back as I needed a more powerful all rounder that could be used on driven Boar in Germany, as well as on the fallow that I shoot here. So, I put the 75 up for sale, here on this site, and sold it to one of the SD's now even happier members last month.
I decided that it would be a good move to buy a rifle with the option of interchangeable barrels and as such decided to look for either a Sauer, Mauser or Blaser etc. I mentioned this to a friend of mine who pointed me in the direction of Steve Beaty at Ivythorn Sporting as this is his one of his specialisms.
I had a good conversation with Steve and felt encouraged by his thorough and proactive attitude towards dealing with my enquiries. Steve is a breath of fresh air, he runs his business in a way which makes him actually worth trading with.
I asked Steve strait questions and he gave me strait answers. So, having almost decided on a Sauer I took a look at his stock on line and found a completely different rifle - a Schultz and Larsen M97-DL. I rang him back and Steve was a superb guide, he offered me a brilliant deal on it, which I happily accepted, and he gave me a 6 month warranty plus a load of extras.
Having now worked out 20 or so home loads, and put them through it, I've found 2 blisteringly accurate loads, both of which plop one bullet on top of the last and the rifle can only be described as unbelievably accurate. Whilst working my way through the powder charges the rifles poorest group was less than 2" and that was during my bore sighting stage !. The rifle has virtually no recoil to it either thanks to the Pes moderator that Steve threw into the deal with the rifle; its extremely quiet too. The rifle shoots so smoothly that upon taking my 1st shots with it I actually thought there must be something wrong with my home loads because it sounded and felt like only the primers had gone off !
I was also given two sets of Apel swing off mounts and a 5 shot and 3 shot magazine which will be very handy when dealing with my friends Boar problem this Autumn.
Unfortunately, I uncovered a small issue with the trigger after my zeroing session, however, I rang Steve who then had it picked up from me and he had it corrected and on its way back to me within 48hrs.
I simply had to write and say that I'm very impressed by Steve and his assistant Shane, they do a good job well and I heartily recommend their services to anyone who is in the market for a decent rifle.
Steve did not put me up to writing this and I rarely would go to the length of writing such an arse kiss report, but, Steve deserves the praise, he has made me a very happy customer and I wish him and Shane and his little son a fantastic future and great success.
Kind regards, Olaf