I ordered a Icon Precision hunter and a Savage LRP, both in 6.5 creedmoore.
The goal is to shoot in both guns with 120 Hornady A-max factory ammo and write a little review.
I need a couple of factory guns for the VHJ shoot in July, shooting in the light or heavy factory classes. If one makes the cut it will stay stock and if one falters in the accuracy dept. I'll lap the tube and punch it out to 260 or 6.5x284 and use it in modified stock class.
I am actually kind of pumped about messing with a couple factory guns that should be very accurate. Not that I'm holding my breath, but I'm kinda pulling for the TC.
Oh and a plug, ordered them both from BJ. 2nd generation shooters supply/Gene Sears. (another site sponsor)
Look for a review in about 4 weeks.
Great!!! I'm looking to get Savage LRP, so far couldn't find any reviews about this model, but I'm considering 260 REM, also I had TC PH in 308 since TC introduced it, its great riffle, just I wish they would put longer barrels on their PH line. Can't wait for your review! I'm hopping to see 26" barrel in LRP getting better velocities and less drop down range.
Last week I ordered in a Sav lrp in 6.5 creed and a TC precision hunter in 6.5 creed.
I have been shooting both and the results thus far have been interesting, I am shooting the factrory hornady 120 a-max load, the 140 a-max load should ship in this week.
I have about 60 rounds thru the TC 22" barrel and velocity is running around 2830-2850 fps. With 20 rounds thru the savage it has been in the 2930 range.
How they Shoot;
Factory trigger was at 3.25 lbs. and as light as she would go, I gutted the trigger housing and now have it at a very crisp and completly safe 2 lbs. No slam fires whatsoever.
This gun disapointed me with my initial inspection, cosmetically looks great, bedding system great, Chamber cut in the lead area visably off center with a bore scope inspection, 5r barrel looks ok, definatly not lapped, has some scratches that run down the bore in a straight line not "with the twist" so a bit curious how they came to be, the last 1/2" of the muzzle has some scratches that were put in it after rifling the barrel, not really sure what TC is doing. 1 st range session of 20 rounds left considerable copper fouling in the bore.
But this gun is a hammer, Second range session; the first 3-5 bullets out of a very clean bore shoot in about an inch, then the barrel gets good and copper fouled and it comes into it's own.
I have shot many 3 and 5 shot groups under 1/2" at 100 yards today. The last 5 shot group of the day after I let it completly cool off had 4 into less than .250" with the second shot going slightly left which I called with a mirage shift in the scope, opening it to still under 1/2".
So on the TC so far it likes; fouled barrel, CBS is in the group, definate sub 1/2 moa rifle with factory load. Is going to make a great factory light gun for the VHJ this summer.
The bore scope showed a relativly nice barrel typical savage machining marks from the drill and button process, not showing the scratches as the TC had. This lead/throat was also visably unconcentric but not to the extent of the TC. The action on the LRP is structurally the same as the target actions with the adition of the cut out for the DBM system. This is nice and makes a much stiffer action than the factory sporter actions as the loading port is the small target style. Trigger was factory at 1lb, 4oz.
Well this gun has only seen one range session so I have yet to find it's consistancies, but what I will tell you is the first 5 shots out of this new rifle went into 1/2" at 100 yards, 4 of those cutting the same hole. I set the rifle aside for 5 minutes and the next 3 bullets went into .900" group WTF I said, had pretty high hopes with the first group.
So I don't let it cool and I shoot 5 more and all but one of those created a nice tight sub 1/2" group with one of the 5 opening it to 3/4". I give the girl a break and the next group is similar to the last. At this point with no brake-in I'm calling it, as I need to see how the fouling is laying down when I take it back to the shop. I'm sure this rifle will come around, so wait a bit and I will continue with it this week. IF it dosen't the chambers getting puched out for the modified class.
Scratches in TC was major issue with my PH, TC even replaced it once because to many of them developed (pitting) in that last portion of the barrel. By the way, can you check how fired brass expands in the neck, just to see who's got tighter chamber. I remember I tried to use Forster neck reamer on brass from Icon PH and necks were to expanded so reamer wouldn't touch it, and Lee collet die was scratching it. I think it has to do with loose chamber.
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It developed pitting after a year, I had about 500 - 600 rounds down tube.
I was getting very good results at first, like 0.25", but with pitting it start to open up, to the point I was hardly getting 0.5", more like 0.8", TC didn't replace barrel, they simply replaced whole rifle, this part I didn't like. The one I had was factory tested to shoot 0.56" the replacement was factory tested at 0.95".