Well I just bought 200 rnds of 7mm federal 150 gr soft point to get the rebate and the brass. I put the 7mm Tikka lite in a berserk stock I had, and tried the ammo I was concerned when the first 2 groups were 2-1.5 in Then I settled down and got a .75. I was kind of switching between groups and steel so I have no complaints. I’m planning to thread it 9/16×24 to fit my suppressor and brake.
I’m going to use the 6.5×55 for deer this year I think. If I could get the 7mm barrel threaded for my suppressor I would use it this year. I love deer hunting and have used a different rifle for every deer for last five years… I think I love the variety as much as the hunt lol. Good luck to all you deer hunters -Eric Post script Btw that 7mm lite heats up fast! 3 shots and it’s hard to touch. I bought it with a re-barrel in mind and if I do I will get a thicker barrel.
Another point I should mention, I bought mountain tactical trigger spring because the factory trigger pull with the screw backed all the way to the limit was still harder than the other Tikka’s I use with aftermarket trigger springs.
The takeaway is get the aftermarket trigger spring. Good shooting folks!
Whats your plan for reloading with this rifle…can I put in a request? Hornady 162 ELDx…? I'm totally in love with the 143gr for my Gunwerks 6.5 CM…44.5gr H4831sc, .040 off the lands and it will shoot the wings off deer flys at 100yrds…lol…
I don't think the factory 9.5 barrel twist will stabilize the Berger 195gr EOL but this is a projectile i would love to see someone do a complete load delvelopement on. Its a sexy bullet!
I have been collecting blemish and inexpensive bullets in the 150-160 range in anticipation of developing a good load for the factory rifle. I will definitely get some eld-xs but not sure if I can get any testing done before this years hunting season. If I can’t get some loads worked up I will go with my 6.5×55 and hammer hunter bullets.