.280 Ackley Improved build
Just returned from the range after putting a few rounds through the new barrel as part of the initial break in and figured since it's 90% finished, I'd post some pictures.
It still needs a new bottom metal, which I'm waiting for Jason to make when the shop has time to get them into production, but otherwise it's done.
Topped with a Vortex Viper HS 6-24×50, 20MOA Elite Series II rail, Performance Bolt Shroud, Hardened action screws, Stainless Recoil Lug, and the Thumbhole Tactical stock. Incidentally, the stock STILL didn't have a wide enough inlet for the Bartlein 7mm 1-8.5″ twist, 5R barrel. Apparently Tikka Performance didn't anticipate anyone putting a 32 inch barrel on a T3. 😉
Since the scope had just gone back on and it's barrel break in, plus fireforming rounds, I was trying more to get the more or less in the same spot with a cold completely naked from cleaning barrel. The quarter size group was more of an accident than anything.
Fireforming rounds are Norma .280 Remington brass, WLR primer and a 140gr Hornady Interlock over 52gr of H4350. Eventually they'll end up with Berger 180gr Hybrid Target heads.
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