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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by ClaytonT88 » 22 Apr 2019, 7:12 pm

So I got the chance today to go down the range with a bloke who knows his way around rifles in a big way. He's a mate from work and really loves the sport of rifle shooting, has a few state titles in F-Class and is a fairly handy gunsmith himself. He gave me a nudge on Friday to give him a buzz Monday if I was around and had time to give the rifle a clean, sight it in and put some lead down range. He had a look with his bore scope and said the barrel on this T1X is pretty bloody close to a custom match barrel in quality and very impressive for a sub-$1000 rimfire rifle. He expected it to shoot well.
We probably shot close to 250 rounds in 10 shot groups and even thought the wind was a fairly gusty right to left around 10-12km/h we still have some pretty pleasing results with the little Tikka T1X in 100% standard configuration.
Complete with Shoehorn, un-adjusted trigger and standard bedding etc. we just nipped up the action screws by hand, fitted the scope at the right orientation (I had it 90 degrees out), bore sighted in the backyard and away we went.

We shot mostly off a rear bag and a front Caldwell height adjustable rest which was sitting behind the front sling stud. A few groups were off the bipod but they weren't as nice, we think the stock flexes quite a bit and was causing a bit of an effect. We also shot from the prone position at around 55 paces for all groups.

The range of ammo we had is in a post above.

Started with the 400pack of Winchester Super X. Hit the paper, did a tweak on the scope and went from there. We weren't trying to get a zero/point of aim just test a few types of ammo and see what it likes, this isn't too bad. The first group was the best out of the 4 to shot rounds with this ammo. I've got a box of....360 left so plenty of plinking to be had with this.
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Next was the CCI Standard, shot 5 groups of this one and they're all about the same, very good considering the conditions from a 22 with less than 100 shots down the barrel. The coach was very impressed at this stage. I pulled the bottom two shots of the best group which was disappointing
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Up next were the CCI Segmented HP Subsonics - I was hoping this would group as well or close to the CCI Standard as this is what I was hoping to use if I went rabbit shooting. These had a funny knack of dropping the first one a little short and then the rest of the group being fairly consistent. No other ammo seemed to do this.
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After these 2 groups we chucked on the bipod to see if it was any better or worse.
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SK Standard Plus was the standout of the day. 12mm 10-shot group even with the conditions. Do SK do a hunting ammo?! Pretty happy with this group in the conditions we had, the coach was chuckling to himself as the last 5 shots all went in the same hole.
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CCI Velocitor was next up, we tried it on the bag first
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Then the bipod - probably my go to hunting ammo at this stage...
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We had some power points too which were okayish but the velocitors slightly out performed them.
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All in all, an absolute ripper day apart from the wind, the back of my knees are sunburnt to buggery so I've learnt that lesson for next time. Hoping for a calmer day in the near future and we're looking at setting up a little rimfire range a bit closer to home so we can have a bit more of a play. The stock didn't feel too horrible in the prone position but with the bipod opening up the groups there is some definite fore end flex there. I've taken the shoe horn out of the stock when I cleaned it before putting it away and I'll get some lower mounts for the scop as well which should improve my cheek weld as I daresay the groups would have been tighter with less wiggling of my head on my part.

Cheers! :drinks:
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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by solarpak » 22 Apr 2019, 8:12 pm

Anything from SK or Eley in standard velocity shoot very well.
I have been testing the new Eley EDGE, Eley Standard Bulk Pak, and a few of the new SK's through my Weihrauch HW66 and CZ452 - 2E ZKM - all shoot very well indeed - 10 shot groups at 50 m all under 30mm!

The Tikka T1x is certainly a lovely rifle - but with its retail price around the $900 mark it competes head -on with the tried and trusted CZ models .

Personally i would invest a a bit more $$ and go for an Anschutz or Weihrauch in the 22LR .......but thats just me.
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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by ClaytonT88 » 22 Apr 2019, 11:09 pm

I agree that it competes with the CZ price wise but I like the features it has. Footprint of its centrefire cousin. 10 shot mag that isn't too protrusive. Short bolt lift. Semi target barrel.

For $850 I think the features were pretty good. I'm very happy with it after today. I look forward to shooting it for many years to come.
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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by solarpak » 22 Apr 2019, 11:11 pm

Great to hear your happy with it - thats all that counts!!

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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by ClaytonT88 » 13 May 2019, 1:09 pm

Since the last time out I've removed the barrel bedding block and lightened the trigger a smidge. Being a calmer day we got the POI on the money and shot some groups.

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Another group with SK Standard + @50m. The white circle in the centre of the black ring measures 18mm.

Velocitors shot quite a bit better with the barrel block removed maybe a 1.5" group @50m. Would be good if they shot a bit better. Next up is buy a box of the same lot sk standard + and see how some power points go.
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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by Mattraff » 25 May 2019, 11:13 am

Always good fun finding the best round for a .22. I have tried 10 different rounds in my new CZ457 and so far CCI Stingers have been the best with 5 shot groups under 10mm @50m with perfect conditions. All other rounds I tried were fine for hunting but the Stingers really amazed me. CCI subsonic are also a good in all my .22rifles.
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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by bladeracer » 25 May 2019, 12:24 pm

Mattraff wrote:Always good fun finding the best round for a .22. I have tried 10 different rounds in my new CZ457 and so far CCI Stingers have been the best with 5 shot groups under 10mm @50m with perfect conditions. All other rounds I tried were fine for hunting but the Stingers really amazed me. CCI subsonic are also a good in all my .22rifles.


It's certainly good fun shooting thousands of rounds looking for the best in your rifle, but expensive and time consuming. Just buying one 50rd box of each type of .22LR we can find in Australia will cost over you over $1000, without including any freight. I bought at least 200rds of everything, and some I bought bricks and bulk packs.

That is stunning performance from the Stingers. Is that a consistent group size or just a one-off? Stingers haven't been great for me, generally holding around 10rd 2.5MoA out to 100m on a good day. I might occasionally see a 1.5MoA group, but it's too rare to be considered normal.

CCI Subsonic is pretty decent, but have you tried CCI Standard Velocity yet? It's been consistently the most accurate for me of everything I've tried.

I would also recommend doing another test after you have a thousand or more rounds down the tube, you might find some improvements.
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Re: Tikka t1x rimfire

Post by ClaytonT88 » 26 May 2019, 12:47 pm

Impressive results from the stingers, I've been swamped with homework these last couple of weeks but looking at getting out in the next fortnight with some more ammo, some lower scope rings and see what I can manage. I might get a few more hollow point ammos to try including power points and see how they go. My bulk buy box of Winchest Super-X doesn't feed very nicely but they do look like a poorly cast bullet.
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