Tikka T3X CTR First Shots...WOW!

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Today I took out a new Tikka T3X CTR in 6.5 CM shooting for the first time and I have to say I'm really impressed. I was just using old hand loads (with varying powder charges working up in 0.3 grain increments) I had lying around for a different rifle. I labelled the groups in order. It seems the groups tightened up as I shot more. All groups are 5 shot groups at 100 yards. The average group size was 0.57 MOA and all groups were under 1 MOA. I can't wait to see how she shoots with a bit of load development.

The other cool thing is that the first group being low was a result of crudely boresighting the gun. I shot in the middle of 4 targets sheets to make sure I got on paper. Turns out, I was only 1 inch low on elevation (the point of aim was the red dot above the group) and dead on for windage. It doesn't get much better than that. It was probably pure luck, but I'll take it. :ROFLMAO:

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Curious what bullet powder primer you running? I have a new 65cm ctr at my ffl to pick up when I get off work.
 

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Great shots, I have a T3X CTR in 308 (left hand) and I load 168gr hornady ELD-M in hornady brass. Shoots consistently half MOA, and admittedly even from bags, I'm not the greatest shot. First time shooting past 100 yards, I was hitting the 10 inch gong at 600 every shot. I have a cheap Nikon Black X1000 on it.
 
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Curious what bullet powder primer you running? I have a new 65cm ctr at my ffl to pick up when I get off work.
I am shooting 147 grain Hornady ELD-Ms. The powder is Winchester Staball 6.5. The primers are Remington No 9 1/2 primers. Brass is Lapua. The 6 groups I shot were from 41.8 to 43.3 grains, working up in 0.3 grain increments.
I have some 140 grain Hornady ELD-Ms being shipped to my house and will give those a try next.
 
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I took my dad out shooting today. It was his 3rd time shooting a gun in his life and he shot this 5-shot group at 100 yards with my Tikka…Infuriating! It is 0.19” center-to-center.
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