Getting ready for deer hunting.Posted by Ericbc7 on November 7, 2019 at 7:22 am
I have used a different rifle for every deer for the last 5 years. This year I’m planning to use my new/old 7mm Tikka it’s new but is old t3
I got it cheap and had a grs stock on hand. That combined with federal rebate makes this experiment a good deal. Athelon scope, and a number of aftermarket things like bolt handle
My backup rifle is my trusty 6.5×55 Tikka
MemberNovember 7, 2019 at 7:31 pm1 Bullseye
Sounds like a great “new” toy. Love to hear how it goes.
I’m just heading out this afternoon for a hunt. Agree with the two rifle approach. I’m taking a 6.5CM and a 30-06.
Best of luck in the hunt.
MemberNovember 12, 2019 at 1:00 am21 Bullseyes
No deer yet but interesting observation.
I sighted in the rifle when I got to camp with factory ammo atabout 50 deg f.
Tested the federal 150 grn “whitetail” load out to 461 yds on our steel targets and the “dial up” was 25 clicks on mrad scope. I checked zero day before I left and at about 7deg or less (got down to -3 f) deg f I was almost 5 clicks (5x.1 mrad) low at the same 461 yds. I had no idea that the factory ammo was so temp sensitive.
Check your zeros!
I should expand on this, I plugged numbers into my ballistic calculator and it seems in very cold weather my velocities were close to 300 fps slower than sight in temp. Some powders exhibit considerable temperature sensitivity. Take my results with a grain of salt, I was cold, the rifle and ammo was outside all day so was at ambient temp. I was not using the bench the same way and was different time of day (light). I just mention this to highlight some of the variables involved. I will be going back to cabin in a week or so and hopefully will get a shot at the big one. I’m deffinetly checking the zero when I get back!
ModeratorNovember 12, 2019 at 2:31 am296 Bullseyes
Over here in England we are trying to find good powders that aren’t temp sensitive has we’ve just had a lot of powders band , when my 4350 actually runs out ( I’ve got 4 tubes left ) going to try imr
MemberNovember 12, 2019 at 5:40 am21 Bullseyes
Hey Larkin, did you say you had powders banned? Can you elaborate? Is this something we should worry about? I mean more than usual lol.
ModeratorNovember 12, 2019 at 12:06 pm296 Bullseyes
Nothing for you to worry about just over the top health and safety ,
MemberNovember 12, 2019 at 7:20 pm105 Bullseyes
Best Hogdon powders I've used for cold weather sensitivity while hunting is H4831sc & Varget…I use H4831sc exclusively in my 6.5 Creedmoor + 143gr Eldx, and in my 300wsm + 200gr Eldx for all hunting loads now. I use Varget for 223, 308, and even 30-06 reloading believe it or not…doesn't have the greatest velocity in 30-06 with a 178gr Eldx but dam consistent!!!
I just harvested 3 deer here in Ontario Canada last week with my 6.5…all neck shots under 250yrds, zero meat damage.
Leaving next week for a 1 week trip to our Saskatchewan family farm to hopefully get a bruiser of a deer.
Some huge 8 and 10's on camera…might use the 300wsm there just for more knock down power because the deer there are much larger and the shots are usually alot longer.
Will post some pics of both hunts when I'm back.
MemberNovember 14, 2019 at 7:43 am21 Bullseyes
Look forward to the pics!
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