Browning Stalker

#1
Any chaps own or tried the newish Browning Stalker (buggered if I can remember if its A, T or X bolt). Im looking for a short barrelled .243 and it seems a good option?
 
#2
Any chaps own or tried the newish Browning Stalker (buggered if I can remember if its A, T or X bolt). Im looking for a short barrelled .243 and it seems a good option?
Cannot talk to the .243 version but spent a while in the company of a .223 X bolt equipped with an illuminated Swarovski Z6. Shot very well indeed, far better than I had expected.
 

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#3
If its the short barrel 51 cm whatever those are its the A bolt UK stalker, is it threaded as a factory option? if so then thats the jobby synthetic with a bronze matt finish. Just to confuse the issue there is also an X bolt stainless stalker which is threaded. Info correct from 2011 catalogue!
 
#4
Any chaps own or tried the newish Browning Stalker (buggered if I can remember if its A, T or X bolt). Im looking for a short barrelled .243 and it seems a good option?
the other make you might take a look at, which seems to be a similar price, is the Tikka T3 Lite (20" barrel)...never owned one but have heard plenty of good things about them and are supposed to be extremely accurate out of the box...
 
#5
Cheers, just read that the A bolt actually comes as 22 inch for .243 win. Longer than I was hoping. Ive used T3s and always been happy...blatently angling for a cheaper option though.
 

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#7
Cheaper? Go for Howa, as for accuracy out of the box being astounding, I'm afraid the big aftermarket accurizing industry only serves to flatter the shooters ego and empty his wallet. I firmly believe that the turning point was the Ruger 77Mk2 and the only thing astounding out of the box should be innacuracy!
With Tikka and Sako you just dont see any aftermarket add ons, they are fine as they come. Its the factory US stuff that people have this urge to tinker with and most of them make stuff for Howa. Honestly VFM I would get a Howa dealership if I could!
 
#12
Re the Tikka T3 a few blokes in my rifle club have them and swear by them. I fired one in .308 at Bisley on Saturday and got a couple (out of 10 total) in the bull at 600 yards. That was prone, with a moderator and using a bipod, scope, and shooting left-handed, but my first time with a full-bore rifle (I'm a never-served civvy) so i've got nothing to compare against. It's now on my wish list once i get my FAC, alongside a 303 and a couple of .22LR
 

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#13
The thing to remember is that the Tikka is the cheap long action rifle fitted with magazine blocks to allow your choice of cartridge to feed. The Sako (same company as Tikka) make the rifle action and magazine to suit the cartridge length but apart from that there is very little difference bar price.
Modern factory made bolt action stalking rifles are capable of Moa and out perform most service rifles on the range but thats what they are capable off. I wouldnt take a T3 for fibua!
 
#14
Cheaper? Go for Howa, as for accuracy out of the box being astounding, I'm afraid the big aftermarket accurizing industry only serves to flatter the shooters ego and empty his wallet. I firmly believe that the turning point was the Ruger 77Mk2 and the only thing astounding out of the box should be innacuracy!
With Tikka and Sako you just dont see any aftermarket add ons, they are fine as they come. Its the factory US stuff that people have this urge to tinker with and most of them make stuff for Howa. Honestly VFM I would get a Howa dealership if I could!
There is a little bit of aftermarket stuff for the Sako / Tikka from your man Pete Lincoln over at Roedale... not much I grant you
Roedale Precision - Stocks
Roedale Precision WebShop - Tikka
 
#16
Cheaper? Go for Howa, as for accuracy out of the box being astounding, I'm afraid the big aftermarket accurizing industry only serves to flatter the shooters ego and empty his wallet. I firmly believe that the turning point was the Ruger 77Mk2 and the only thing astounding out of the box should be innacuracy!
With Tikka and Sako you just dont see any aftermarket add ons, they are fine as they come. Its the factory US stuff that people have this urge to tinker with and most of them make stuff for Howa. Honestly VFM I would get a Howa dealership if I could!

I've been saying this for a good while. A large market for "tuning" products is an indication that the original item isn't up to much. You don't see people changing the lights, wheels, exhausts and everything down to the fuel fillers on Porsches or Ferraris. It's a Vauxhall Corsa phenomena.
 

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#17
Word on the street is that Savage are turning out some of the cheapest yet most acurate rifles at the moment.
If you want European built to US specs Zastava made the barreled actions for Remingtons 710. Got to the point where Remington asked Zastava to leave their own name on the barrels. Zastava now do some very nice mini mausers!
Savage has sadly changed its UK importer due to the European main dealer which is a real pity! I like the Savage and the accutrigger takes no getting used to at all!

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#18
I've been saying this for a good while. A large market for "tuning" products is an indication that the original item isn't up to much. You don't see people changing the lights, wheels, exhausts and everything down to the fuel fillers on Porsches or Ferraris. It's a Vauxhall Corsa phenomena.
You often overhear the Corsa mob at auctions looking at well built classic properly bedded rifle and gobbing off about free floating, trueing and squareing most of which would ruin a good rifle and be a total waste!

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#19
Cheaper? Go for Howa, as for accuracy out of the box being astounding, I'm afraid the big aftermarket accurizing industry only serves to flatter the shooters ego and empty his wallet. I firmly believe that the turning point was the Ruger 77Mk2 and the only thing astounding out of the box should be innacuracy!
With Tikka and Sako you just dont see any aftermarket add ons, they are fine as they come. Its the factory US stuff that people have this urge to tinker with and most of them make stuff for Howa. Honestly VFM I would get a Howa dealership if I could!
I have to agree with the Howa. The only thing you may wish to change is the stock although having just bought a new 6.5 x 55 it still manages bug holes with the Hogue stock. Trigger adjustment tool less than five minutes too.
 

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