Whilst waiting for my Forbes rifle I purchased a Tikka T3 Lite in Stainless/ Synthetic left handed in 30.06 to tide me by.
It finally cleared for pick up on Friday so I headed to the range with the new Zeiss Terra 4-12 x 50 fitted on Talleys with some factory ammo and Saturday.
I also took a precaution and fitted a limb saver recoil pad as well to try and minimise recoil.
To be honest I am gobb smacked with the results using factory ammo. I used 2 types 150gr Remington Corelokts and 150gr Fusions. Straight away with the remingtons at a 50 yd initial zero I had 3 shot, shot on shot clusters no issue.
When I moved out to 100yds it was shooting reasonably tight but then I started to flinch a little with the recoil so I stopped for a while and used some snap caps to practice and ditch the flinch and then loaded it with some of the Fusions. Straight away I shot a 3 group sub moa (see attached target ignore the 2 outer rounds as this was a result of the previous flinching) and this was off a wooden picnic table with a harris bipod.
Needless to say its got me questioning why I need a semi custom rifle and confirms the legendary status of the Tikka T3.
Next step will be to have a muzzle brake fitted to calm the muzzle flip down.