New rifle decision and Ivythorne Sporting

Adam f

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Firstly, thank you to all who advised and assisted in picking a new rifle for my new 243 slot.

In the end I rounded it down to a M595, Tikka T3 or a Howa 1500. Having looked around the internet, I gave Steve and Shane at Ivythorne Sporting a call as it looked like that had pretty much all the guns and options I was looking at, plus my time is precious and I liked the appointment system they run - no grabbing 5 mins of a shop assistants time to look at a gun. They also have a range to test the rifles out - perfect.

So I went in with a stainless barrel and laminated stock as my no1 choice - with synthetic stock as a fall back. I ended up with pretty much the complete opposite!

Shane was excellent in running through all the options and even stripping the guns for me to see the fine differances. The laminate stock was quickly ruled out due to it's weight.... nearly 10lb for a bare gun before mod and scope....

It was then a toss up between the T3 and the Howa - both stainless barrells and synthetic stock. My heart said Tikka my head said Howa - but neither really had me that excited... both were good, soild, plain rifles.

Then Shane showed me the Sauer 101 Classic XT - first glance it looked pretty unassuming, black stock, black barrells, but in the hands it just felt lovely. Nice smooth bolt, very similar to my mates M595. Nice shape stock, esp the little forend. A crisp light trigger set about 2lb and a 5 shot mag that flush fits. Basically it ticked all my boxes. It didnt have the stainless action or barrells but Im informed the coating Sauer use isnt a normal blacking and is durable as stainless steel. I summed it by saying it felt like a rimfire to hold not a big heavy centrefire. It comes in at £300 more than a T3, around Sako money I think?

Out on the range I was just as impressed. I'm new to the calibre and the rifle wasnt set up for me, but I still managed satisfactory hunting groups.

Then the mod - I tried an SL5 and a CMM4 both were good but I was torn between short fat and heavy and long slim and light! Then Steve showed me and I tried a new mod that had just come in - an AimZonic Compact. Small, short and light with a 5 year warrenty. I tried it, I liked it! I cant get too excited over mods, but this seemed to tick all the boxes!

So there it is. A Sauer 101 Classic XT in 243 with AimZonic Mod and Zeiss Duralyt 3-12x50. I hope that keeps me satisfied for a new years to come!

I would recommend Ivythorne Sporting to anyone - superb set-up, friendly knowledgeble guys and customer service that is very rare these days.



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Good to hear your sorted
as you say it ticks all your boxs and its your money
​enloy regards pete

Irish Bob

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You have clearly thought about this, taken advice and tried out the various options.

It sounds to me like you have made a good choice which will serve you well.


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Well done Adam - I've no doubt your new rig will serve you well. It just so happens that I was over at Ivythorn today and guess what! I bought a 101 in .308 + aimZonic+.


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Nice one, Adam. Great that you went in with one idea and came away with something completely different (but probably much more suitable).

I suppose we can't really compare the Sauer 101 with Tikka or Howa as they are Sako 85 money. :D

My local RFD has a good Sauer inventory and I swapped allegiance from my beloved Sako to Sauer in 202 form for my newest rifle. I love it! I am buggered now though, because I also need a 30-06 and can't decide whether to go Sako or Sauer. Ahhh - it's a tough life. :-|




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You won't go wrong with Ivythorn, I've bought several rifles from Steve over the years and would do so in the future, I'd go as far to say he's the best trader I've ever come across (he even posted me some Optilock grub screws FOC after a panic phone call - dont ask!). Enjoy your new rifle.


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Heard about the famous 'Gun Room' down there and the wealth of helpful knowledge...Sauer will last a lifetime thats for sure


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This thread and the one on Pigeon watch actually made me book an appointment to see him next week. Just a show that WOM really works even through the interwebs ;)


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Good choice! I got both my Sauer 202s from Steve at Ivythorn! Lovely hunting rifles for sure, have them in .308 and 6.5x55 and they are dead on accurate, rival my RPA for accuracy, just can't put hundreds of rounds down them in one sitting. Congratulations, you're going to love your rifle, if you would like any tips or whatever for reloading .243 I have worked up loads both for hunting and target shooting at 300 and 600 yards.


Adam f

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I've resisted reloading as another hobby... I barely have enough time as it is!

what I would be interested in is what factory rounds people's 101's like? I've always used Federal Soft Points in my 22.250 in the past. I will probably go 80/85 grain and stick to just one bullet for both fox and roe.


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Just collected the rifle Steve at Ivythorne sent up to Fife Fieldsports for me.
very good service from them indeed and I'm now the happy owner of a .222 :D.Nothing flash but it'll do for me


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Buying a Sauer always makes sense! Not that I am biased or anything you understand. I just happen to have 202's in 223 and 6.5x55. The 101 looks like a result. Very tempting just need to find an excuse........


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Interesting Adam - hadn't seen your comments but I've just had a very similar experience with Steve and Shane. A very impressive selection of rifles for sale, and good slection to try on the range - what a great facility to have on site! A few rounds confirmed my preference for the 101 and even though it was fitted with a cheap scope (Nikko Stirling I seem to remember) the .243 still managed a touching group at 100m. Went with my pal AnthonyR and for both of us it was a delight to go to a place that is so focussed on rifles rather than shotguns (they do have some, but you can tell their passion is rifles) and clothing and can make a decent cup of tea/coffee.
I had a few queries in the following days - another difference is that they pick up the phone right away and I got clear answers immediately. As I said to Steve, it was the most pleasurable way to spend money I know! (I can imagine the responses to that!) Not an easy place to find tho!