Well, I did a fast chrono session tonight after work.
I got velocities of 2655, 2600 and 2555 (in that order). 2603 average,ES of 99.77, SD of 50. The first two velocities are where I anticipated it to be, but not the 100 fps gap. I measured each powder charge before dropping it into a case...
Some family members and I had a range session yesterday. One of the loads I was testing used Sierra 165 SBT's in a 308 using Shooter's Workd Precision Rifle powder. It was fired from a Tikka T3x with a sporter barrel.
These bullets were some made by my son who works at Sierra. It should be...
We're home now and have attended to the burial. Frankie is next to Ruger and Ranger, two great dogs in their own rights. He's not in pain or discomfort and can rest his old bones.
The vet was very good in all aspects and that helped. He explained everything in advance and showed real empathy...
In 2007 my dad died of cancer and shortly afterward I got a new puppy from the pound. My dad was called Frankie as a kid so I named my new dog in his honor.
It was immediately clear that Frankie was very intelligent and could learn things without actually teaching him. Over the years, he was...
I guess it shouldn't be too much of a shock. He got some Varget a month or two ago and it's $56/lb.
I would like to know, just out of morbid curiosity, why Alliant seems SO slow getting anything in circulation compared to Hodgdon, etc .
The muzzle brake does help, but bear in mind the recoil isn't horrible to begin with. It's more than your 7mm-08 but nothing like a 300 Win Mag. Like most brakes, it does exacerbate the noise level so wear good muffs or plugs when you shoot it.
You ought to hear what it sounds like with a...
That is the exact rifle I have. I really think you're gonna love it.
If I may suggest, look into installing a Limbsaver recoil pad on it. The 6.5 isn't abusive but the pad just makes it that much nicer.
I have limited experience using a 243 on deer but I did research online and among friends and settled on the Sierra 85 gr HPBT. It uses a Matchking jacket and profile so accuracy is very good. It comes apart in the critter sorta like a Berger. A friend who has used them a lot told me, "It...
I have two Tikkas in 6.5x55, one like yours and the other is a stainless synthetic. I think you are gonna love it! Light recoil, better than adequate accuracy, and plenty of energy for deer sized game. I like 120BTs for deer in mine.
Otter, I have a partial bag of 140 BT seconds if that will work for you. I didn't count them but I'm estimating there are 25-30 in it. I'm really not needing the 145s, but if you PM your address to me I'll send'em to you. No charge.
My two stepsons and I have had excellent results on deer using Hornady factory loads, both the Precision Hunter 143 ELD-X and the white box match ammo using 147 ELD-M's. I know there have been discussions about the merits, or lack of them, using match bullets for hunting, but I am only stating...
I have/have had several Bergaras in various calibers (not 7mm-08) and had no issues with any of them. I also own a Tikka in 7mm-08 and have been extremely happy with it.
Regarding your consideration of the 6.5 PRC, it has rapidly become one of my favorite deer rounds. I have a Tikka T3x...
We put out a corn pile with a camera nearby. My wife loves to watch the deer and we've managed to catch some nice photos so far this year. It just happens to be adjacent to my wife's deer stand.
In the first pic of the mama and fawn, if you look to the far right you'll see a second fawn.