Brian is 6'2, at a guess. We were joking about him not standing straight to make the rifle look taller. A few things stood out to me:
Weight - The stability of the rifle was great. I felt I could grab the rifle and pull myself up to it. The bipod was solid, the rear mono pod was good. Although, we both preferred a rear bag.
Accuracy - I must admit I was skeptical of how the big rig would shoot. Thor states a guaranteed MOA. I figured that was pretty sloppy. I was pleased and impressed with the accuracy of the rig and ammo. The supplied BC and velocity were amazingly close. We zeroed the rifle at 500 yards. The rifle comes with a 40 Minute rail. Using the supplied BC and velocity, Brian dialed to 1050 and took a shot to check trajectory. The bullet impacted perfect vertically and half a minute left windage.
I shot a group at 1050 to see how things were grouping at range. Three quick shots impacted no more then .4 MOA apart. We shot the rifle in 500 yard increments to 2650 yards, where we ran out of vertical adjustment in the scope.
Accuracy remained impressive to the mile mark. At 2000 yards, we started to see things open up a bit. Five rounds went into about 1.5 minutes. Three of the shots were spot on, and .75 minute. Two rounds went high. The cases were loaded quite hot. Bolt lift, with the yard of brass, was heavy, primers were cratered, and ejector marks were deep. It was approaching noon and 80 degrees when we got to the 2000 yard mark. The two high shots had perceived stiffer bolt lift. You can see a round on top of the Nightforce.
Cost: The Thor retails near $12,000. Loaded ammo ran $1500 per 198.
Suppressor: The suppressor was easily the highlight of the outing. I tried removing an ear plug when spotting. In no time, shooter and spotter had removed ear plugs. It was very comfortable without hearing protection. It was great to have normal conversations while shooting! Recoil reduction and muzzle blast reduction were superb. There was significantly less perceived recoil compared to the the 12 lb braked 338 Lapua.
The Sako TRG was next. I liked the action. The trigger was smooth, once you got accustomed to the yard of take up. The bipod felt loose and sloppy. We tried 250 Accubonds and 300 SMK's per the customers request. We were pleased the SMK's were stable and accurate at 1k with the 12 twist barrel. We didn't bring enough to test at further yardages. Accuracy was 3/4 minute at 1,000 with Accubonds and SMK's.