Well after picking up a few leftover tags for the family I headed out to the range. Both of my rifles needed zeroed as one is new and the other had a bunch of work done to it.
First my 7mag did great. I had put a new laminated stock with aluminum bedding block fron Stocky's on it and also had a muzzle beake installed. I had been having problems with the bolt sticking shut as well no matter what ammo I used. He installed the brake, polished the chamber due to possible scratches from hunting in some very dust conditions, polished the firing pin a few other small things. Rifle zeroed quickly and is shooting right at 3/4 of an inch at 100 with 160gr TSX. No more bolt sticking problems. Now despite what everyone thinks about them the Vais muzzle brake I had installed worked extremely well and I did not notice any more blast than the 270wsm I was shooting today as well, in fact it seemed even less and the recoil was very noticeably less. More like a .243.
My new Tikka 270wsm did not do nearly as well today. First of all I continue to have problems with the Zeiss 4.5x14 scope I have on it, I have tried everything but I can just not get a super clear focus on the reticle. Others don't seem to have the problem but it bothers me a lot. Probably gonna sell that one if I can. This gun did not at all likr the bullets brought with me and I was only able to get 2 inches with Winchester Supreme 140gr Accubonds. I also tried some Winchester 130gr Powermax as they are cheaper and did do better with those but the barell was getting too hot so I quit for the day. I don't think those are what I would want to hunt with though so I'll have to try some others. They shot to 2 inches at 200 btw. I will probably try some Tsx bullets in this one as well later as they shoot great in all the guns I've tried them in. Hopefully I will do better next time but my hunting plans for that rifle this year are over for now.