I have recently re-barreled my Tikka M595 action with another 17 Rem barrel. The previous barrel was a 21.25" Pacnor 3 groove 1:9 twist but fire-cracking in the throat began to cause major pressure and fouling issues.
I had a 23" LW 5 groove 1:9 twist fitted by Steve Kershaw about 4 weeks ago. Steve did a fantastic and speedy job in chambering, proofing it and getting it sorted for collection. I had it back within a week and was kept up to date the entire time. A superb guy to deal with IMO. The barrel was then hand lapped by my local smith Dave Folwell from Bowtec custom rifles as it was a standard (non-match finish) barrel. The result of the work of both smiths can be seen on the targets. The rifle has printed very good groups with the 25g Vmax - the 17 cal bullet of choice (IMO) and I have now settled on a load of 23.2g Vit N135, Fed 205M primers, which I have yet to chrony. I neck turn all of my brass, uniform primer pocket depth and de-bur flash holes.
I have a 6-24x50 Sightron SIII on top and I use a 17 cal specific DM80 mod.
Here is the rifle now:
Here are the last targets I shot with it to fine tune the powder charge:
Over the last couple of weeks this rifle has accounted for 20 corvids and pigeon over 300 yards and displayed very high consistency too. I have no doubts that this will be a superb shooter until it's shot out.
Looks like a keeper to me !!, I also love the target you use, ideal for the job.
Was it nor worth taking 4 inches of so off the old barrel and re chambering it or was the profile not suitable.
The profile was a standard tikka sporter as is this one so tenon not enough to re-chamber.
I really like those targets coupled with a precise reticle allows for consistent point of aim.
Took out my longest 17 cal pigeon on Sat at 400 yards exactly. It's cleaning out so many Corvids beyond 300 yards with serious consistency.
look nice !
How meany shots did you get out of your old barrel ?
thinking of getting rid of my 22 khornet for one of the 17's so just getting all the info before i put my FAC in for one.
cracking rifle simon. a keeper for sure
very nice rifle, tempting me with a 17 center again.
Nice review Si - I've just found myself after lots of looking what I hope to be a decent .17Rem - its a Remington 700 LVSF which would appear to have had little use - if it shoots anywhere close to yours I'll be chuffed to bits!! Once I get her up and running I'll post a little review myself.
Thanks guys - yes its been a bit of a slog... As you may know I really wanted a Sako Vixen and was never really a fan of the 700's, but this looks 'right' to me in Stainless and the price was sensible soooooo I'll give it a go until that elusive vixen turns up!
Regarding reloading I would appreciate some help please. My intention is to use the 25g V-max as its a 1:9 barrel and ultimately I will probably be using Vit 135 for obvious reasons! However, I do have some H380 and Rel7 and was wondering whether these could be used and if so whether you guys (or anyone else) had any load data for these powders please? I'm not looking for really fast loads, 3600-3800fps will be plenty for what I want, and will hopefully help prolong the barrel life.
Also wanted to say a big thank-you to several people who have given me support and assistance in my quest to join the .17 club - you know who you are and it really was appreciated.
Should be picking her up this week and will let you know how we go!
Nice looking rifle there.
I had this one in .17 rem which had a Walther barrel blank,RPA action and Macmillan stock.I wish I had kept it as it was super accurate.I sold it and bought a Sako 75 in same cal and have been shooting it for about 8 years without too many problems,only had two pierced primers.
In saying yes to this air rifle you are confirming that you are not a messer and are allowed to go out in public without your carer
Si, good to see that It shoots as good as it looks....Could I ask you who spiral cut the bolt for you?...Thats a nice touch..onwards and upwards...Cheers
Not sure where I`m going.....But I`ll get there someday