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Took the Tikka Varmint 22-250 for a walk..........Caution, Gory pics.

orchidmanorchidman Posts: 8,419 Senior Member
Headed up to the farm to do a boundary/stock check today and decided to give the 22-250 a walk. Saw a couple of Spur Winged Plovers ( pests over here) and decided to cull a few as the farm is carrying a few ducklings and their carcases would give the hawks an alternative meal.......

This one was shot at 204yds.


His mate got up, flew in a circle then landed about 15 yds away so I sent a 50gr psp on its way...........Same result.

Drove over the hill on the quad and saw two more land. Ranged the first one at 398yds and figured it would provide a challenge......Held about 2" above its back........


This ones mate got up, flew around for a couple of circuits then landed at about the same distance.


Got back on the bike and as I rode off the sling stud pulled out of the forearm of the Tikka, sending it crashing onto the back of the bike. :angry:
Decided I wouldnt shoot any more until I checked the zero again which will have to wait till next weekend. Will pull the stock off tomorrow night and see why the sling stud fell out.

I will say though that I love the Tikka Varmint. That thing is a tack driver.
Loads used were my handloads and the sense of satisfaction at how they performed added to my pleasure at going 4 for 4.
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....


  • HAWKENHAWKEN Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Nice shooting at small targets. What kind of birds are they ? robin
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    It's those small target that really test your rig. Very nice shooting. That one got centermassed pretty much perfectly.

    As for the swivel stud problem, that exact same thing happened to me with my Lite Stainless .243 Win. Seems the factory front swivel arrangement is the one thing on their gun that sucks. When you remove it, you'll see a coarse threadded screw-in sleeve in a comparatively thin plastic housing. After repeated removal (for instance, taking out the stud for use on a front forearm rest at the range) the metal sleeve will strip out the matched threading in the plastic housing and that's a formula for disaster. The thing will either fall out completey or, in my case spin and spin when you need to unscrew the stud.

    If the remainder of the sleeve is intact, get the following kit:


    You only need the machine screw stud from this kit. Epoxy in the knurled machine nut (carefully, so as to not get epoxy inside the threading) and voila - you've got a stronger, better swivel stud arrangement than you had from the factory.
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  • NNNN Posts: 25,228 Senior Member
    sling stud pulled out of the forearm
    I hate it when that stuff happens.

    Nice shooting, though.
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