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Author Topic: Long Range Hunting  (Read 7546 times)

Deego

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Long Range Hunting
« on: December 30, 2013, 04:55:51 AM »

I had a Tikka T3 Varmint in 6.5 x 55 a number of years ago. When I tested it for the first time on the bench it put three shots of 139 grain Lapua Scenars into a single hole at 100 yards. I was amazed and called over the range officer to show him, so he had to have a go himself. After he fired he said "now you have four shots in the same hole". When I measured the hole it was 14mm outside to outside i.e. 7.5mm centre to centre. Some time later I needed a .308 to get into FTR so I traded the Tikka against a Savage FTR which I still have. I also hunt deer with a Sako 75 in .243 and it is excellent, especially when loaded with 95 grain Hornady Superformance SST's. I don't use the .243 for shots beyond 250 yards or thereabouts but late in the season I often see deer, standing watching me across open ground, at 400-500 yards. I'd like to harvest these deer so I've decided to buy another Tikka in .270 Win. The question is, which model ? I prefer wooden stocks so even if I buy a synthetic stocked model I will build a replacement stock.  Taking into account the fact that this rifle will be carried should I buy the Lite or Varmint. ? If I buy the Lite which only has a 510mm barrel against the 600mm barrel of the Varmint, will the shorter barrel with it's unavoidable drop in velocity be accurate enough and have enough retained energy to cleanly kill a deer at 500 yards ?
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yukonal

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Re: Long Range Hunting
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 07:55:01 PM »

That's a loaded question. You won't know until you try. For LR, I'd go Varmint.
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Re: Long Range Hunting
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 05:47:39 AM »

That's a loaded question. You won't know until you try. For LR, I'd go Varmint.
Sorry, it wasn't meant to be a loaded question, I was just looking for experienced opinions, but I know and appreciate what you're saying and I agree with the Varmint option. However I have two options at the moment, I can look for a T3 varmint model in .270 or change the barrel on my 220 Swift Remington 700 to .270 Win. I'll let you know how it pans out.
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Re: Long Range Hunting
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2014, 12:47:37 AM »

I know this is late but I would have sold my truck before I sold that 6.5x55
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Re: Long Range Hunting
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2016, 09:12:32 AM »

505 yds, Pronghorn Antelope buck (sitting down with elbow on leg and buck was walking). T3 Lite .300 win mag.  180g Nosler Ballistic tip, 74g RL22. 4-16x44 Vortex Viper HS LR. After market picattiny style base (apologies can't remember make of rings but they lock in nice in the picattiny).
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Re: Long Range Hunting
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2016, 06:35:39 PM »

Soooo nice! Put some pics if can
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