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Beginners report [I copied what I shared on snipershide] -
[This was at Volusia Gun and Hunt Club, FL]

Today I took out my Tikka T3 A1 and for the first time I was alone getting off the 100yd. sight in phase. The range has a mix of 300yds. But my goal was to feel confident to get access, through a qualification session, to our brand new 900 yd. range. By new, I mean it is in the process of being opened up as we speak and I'll be one of the early guinea pugs of the qualification test.

As the rifle has been mainly moved from spot to spot within my office, I started with simply setting up the rifle and seeing if it still had zero. Slapped up an NRA SR-21C at 100 and proceed to monkey around with the rear bag as this was all prone. Side note, I have got to figure out what my criteria will be for my rear bag. Too much swapping around trying to get a comfortable height. Three shots, 1, 2, 3. all inside the X and almost touching.

SWEET!

Feeling confident, I pulled out the Kestrel and simply got the Temp and air density( humidity?). It was 86 degrees, felt like 92 in the shade, and I get an elevation of 1.05 for the 297 yd steel torso. Gotta get more cotton rags, I'm dripping all over the cheek rest. Turned onto the Steel Torso. First shot I hear the twang and watch the target twist in the impact.

Aww, Nuts. I forgot to adjust my Bushnell XRS II.

I figure what the H. and simply pull up 1 mil on the Tremor reticle. I watch the next two shots hit exactly on my POA. Spot on. At this point, I'm not quiting while ahead; I am extremely confident in this rifle as every shot felt great, every shot was on the mark, and I have completely melted into a puddle. So 30 Minutes after arriving, I pack up and head home. But not until I get the phone number of the man who will qualify on the longer range. I need to schedule it this week.

This rifle must be very forgiving as it amazes me to the point, dare I say, of boredom. Aside from trying to remember all the things I've learned so far, I did walk away with a couple innocuous notes. (1) - Pack more cotton rags, the cheek rest got slippery real quick as I was so darn hot. (2) I like the trigger pull weight. On another rifle, A Bergara action/barrel on an MPA frame with a Diamond trigger (.75 ), that trigger is far too light and the rifle is less forgiving as it has considerably less weight than the Tikka for my skill.

While I don't think I'm ready for the ranges first PRS match next month, I definitely feel I am on my way. No problems, no issues, and zero drama make for one of those rare great perfect range days. Now If I could get my smoker working by tomorrow I'll be a happy Father.


Happy Fathers Day Everyone!
 

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Sounds like a great range session. That Tikka is a popular rifle on the Hide forum.
 

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Nice AAR, frgood and you enjoy Father's Day tomorrow!
 

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Sounds like a great range session. That Tikka is a popular rifle on the Hide forum.
I swear by the Bushnell and the Tikka, for now.My only uneducated worry is the weight. But some exercise is the first order before I complain.
 

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Sounds like a great range trip, it's a small world I bought a Bushnell XRS II but have not got to sight it in yet because of the kung flu restrictions. Hopefully your next range trip will be on a cooler day, good luck.
 

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Yep! Soild range session. Nice!!
"86 degrees, feels like 92 in the shade" - that about sums up Florida weather this time of year.

I sweat so much I feel like I should bring a commercial-grade mop bucket to the range April - October.
 

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A good thing about the new FWC range here in PB County is that the firing lines are shaded. The PBSO range had no shade. It could be BRUTAL in the summer.

But, we can't go prone at the new range, dammit. Not a fan of the benches with the Fudd-style side cut-out.
 

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Nice AAR, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Tikka rifles.


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