Got a cracking deal on a Tikka 658 and all the trimmings from a top bloke on here
Had some troubles with my new purchase since I got it.
First shots I did were with a moderator which I wasn't planning on keeping, so any zeroing would have to be redone anyway
I broke a scope (more on that in another thread)
its a bit short in LOP for me and I couldn't find a grind to fit recoil pad in time so slapped a push over shotgun pad on. fits a treat!
got a muzzle brake made by another top chap on here but didn't have time to blue it.
Rifle came with a whole load of homeloads in two weights, heavier in Lapua Megas, lighter (if you can call them that!) in Sierra SP
wanted to christen it on a trip I have just come back from and the scope issue set me back.
To eBay for a £40 Nikko Stirling 8x50 from the 70's!!
Duly bolted on in time last week and Sunday saw some good weather for some playing, bit gusty from over our right shoulders
We put a board out at 100yds to check zero on my 300 and a friends 270
300 was zeroed a smidge high at 100 as instructed by the former owner (less than the 1" I would normally use for the .270 but around the 1/2" mark.)
(Now I have read all manner of ballistic charts in anticipation of this purchase and run numerous simulations at various speeds, most come back with alost identical trajectory to the .270 130gr I usually shoot)
We had another bigger board put out across a gully at about 250-275yds (difficult to pace out and we forget the range finder!)
The bull was a 2" square of orange packing tape on its corner as a diamond.
I figured I would try and hit it first off and held the reticule just above, at this range the .270 would probably be an inch or two low (as the reticule is as wide as the bull it was roughly aiming 1.5" inches high.)
First shot bangs in exactly where I was aiming i.e 1.5" high!
No holdover required with this big boy!!
We then spent god knows how many pounds worth in ammo in both calibres popping half inflated water balloons I had pinned to the board (approx 3" in size) and trying to shoot the flies that kept landing on the target! (no confirmed hits!! but lots of deaths from fly-drostatic shock!)
my god I love this thing!
The muzzle brakes gives a fine impression of an earthquake registering 4 or 5 on the Richter scale for anyone lying next to you!
christened it yesterday on a stag too!!