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Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

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Old 03-25-2014, 02:31 PM
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Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

The .260 Remington round is far from dead. My relationship with the .260 started early in its history. In the late 1990’s Remington did a slight change to the 6.5-08 A Square which had been around for many years and standardized by A Square through SAAMI. The .260 has the same ballistics as the 6.5-08 but the neck of the .260 is just slightly longer. About the time the .260 hit the market, Thompson Center brought out the Encore. As soon as I saw this rifle was available in the .260, I ordered one. I mounted a 3x9 Leupold on it and sighted it in on my range. This rig would shoot a one inch group all day. It became my primary rifle to hunt whitetails. I once lent it to a friend to take a doe. He got the doe and came back almost in amazement; he said, “That rifle shot exactly where I aimed”. Read More...
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Old 03-28-2014, 04:42 PM
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

Production rifles continue to give sub MOA results. Savage started the break thru but Ruger Weatherby Browning Remington are trying to catch up. JJ what was the price range for the rifle and what gun smithing would you recommend to take this rifle to custom performance. The bedding was not mentioned??
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Old 03-28-2014, 06:13 PM
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

CR that was a bare bones factory rifle with no changes. I would like a little better trigger with less take up but that is personal choice. I really do not think the rifle can shoot too much better. There are no aftermarket stocks. I had five of these but now own only four. One has a rare wooden stock. All shoot less than MOA. Yes there are quite of few factory rifles that shoot less than MOA. That 1/2 MOA difference between factory and custom costs a lot. The cost of this rilfe varies so much. Mine were all purchased for less than $700 but that is changing.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:20 PM
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

It's nice to read what others have to say about one of my favorite rifle/cartridges. I wasn't familiar with the 260 when I found a Pro Hunter at a gunshow and being a long time fan of the 6.5x55 it came home with me. My Pro Hunter is a consistent 3/4moa shooter even with the Remington 140gr Express Core-Lokt. Mine really shines with a 120gr Nosler Hunting BT with 43.5gr of IMR4350 avg 3/8" for 3 shots at 100yd.

FYI Mcmillan offers a stock based on their A-3 model:
McMillan Tactical Stocks, McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, Synthetic Stocks, Tactical Stocks

Most of my rifles are in 6.5 bore, my old Swede in 6.5x55, the Steyr in 260 and a pair of 6.5 Grendels on the AR platform. Makes stocking components easier.

Steyr uses a bedding system that has a round front lug that fits into a matching recess in the stock and both actions screws bear against pillars embedded in the stock. With the accuracy and consistency of shot placement I get I won't bother with further bedding.

I enjoyed this article.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:49 PM
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Re: Steyr Pro Hunter, Hawke Scope and the .260 Review

Nice to see Steyr making an impact over in the US. The model reviewed was obviously a PRO model II. The model I had an awful stock with a very weak forestock. You could leave it sitting out in the sun and literally watch the forestock bend towards the barrel.

We in the UK consider the pro an entry level rifle which is priced similar to Remington 700s, Tikka T3, etc. A common entry level package is the Steyr PRO with a mid range Zeiss Duralyt ( European version of conquest) scope, bipod and moderator (silencer).

Those wishing to move up generally opt for the Steyr Professional or model M.
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