Many thanks to a friend for helping me to set up my new .243 Mannlicher Pro Hunter Mountain
Unfortunately the preferred scope was not available but he also leant me a Bushnell for now. A little playing around and that was mounted and we gave the gun/bore a decent clean to remove all traces of oil.
Up across the farm to a field with a good backstop and target board set out at 100m approx. Walked back 20m and I loaded the magazine with 3 home loads, 87gr ballistic tips if I remember correctly.
Shooting off sticks into the target to see how we are and low and to the left. Correct the scope and try again, not so bad so we move back 30m and try another 3 shot group. This required a little work and I made a real horlicks of one shot, pull to the left and high…ouch!
Another tweek on the scope and then back to 100m and shooting of the bonnet of my pick up using a sand bag. 3 shots and things are high and to the left, adjust and try again, better, more adjustment and try a final 4 shot group as the light is going.
This is much better, sub 2” group, if only 3 shots counted then it would have been about ½” better. So considering this is a brand new rifle it seems to be performing ok, certainly using home loads was an advantage in many ways to zero.
As for the rifle:
I really like the 3 position safety. Fool proof and simple.
Trigger, I have not played around with it yet and don’t think I need to at the moment, not tried the second position as yet but will do soon.
Bolt, this is one of the things that help sell me the rifle after the safety, it is very smooth indeed, very nice.
The magazine, likewise, simple and maintenance free.
Stock, seems perfect, fits me well, nice and firm and a good gripping surface, over all weight seems fine.
Finish, the metal work looks very nice indeed and should shrug of the weather.
Here it is with the proper S&B scope on top:
And here is the result of a 100m group of 3 using the factory 100gr ammo.
So far so good, very pleased with it at the moment.