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ballistically challenged Tikka T3 Lite 30-06

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Unread 10-04-2012, 06:22 PM
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Re: ballistically challenged Tikka T3 Lite 30-06

No help to mikeooa, but I shot again last night. I only shot one group, triangle less than one inch with the hornady sst 165 grain custom. My bud shot and he also had one flyer, his first round, with the other two rounds touching each other. He shot the fusion ammo. I did a super clean on this last one, gun slick until there was not a trace of green on the cleaning patches. I am leaning toward this is being a head thing, or just being sloppy on the rest, not the gun. I will shoot again here in a week or two and see what happens.
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Unread 10-06-2012, 11:42 PM
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Re: ballistically challenged Tikka T3 Lite 30-06

Last week I got my pentax back from the factory, they sent me a Pentax III 4-12 for the Pentax I 4-12. Anyway I mounted it and fired from my clean rifle 2 rounds to zero it then I shot a 3 round group that 1 holed (federal Fusion 150gr.). I had my rifle cinched down tight to me in a shooting sling and used a front rest.

I then remounted my Redfield and fired 1 round then adjusted zero and shot a 3 round .6" group with 150gr SST. The next group I shot was .8" with 165gr Core Lokt PSP. These groups I didn't use the sling but just shot from the rest as usual holding the gun tight against my shoulder and on the forearm.

My gun just likes to be held tight. If I let it free recoil it opens up my groups by about 2x it seems.

On a side note I had 1 of my 150 grain Winchester Super X bullets that wouldn't chamber. Looked the same as the rest, but just couldn't close the bolt. The headspace must be hella tight on my rifle, not sure if this is a good thing but it has only been 1 round out of over a hundred so far.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 07:18 AM
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Re: ballistically challenged Tikka T3 Lite 30-06

That sounds a lot better, hopefully it continues. Sometimes it is something as simple as that.
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