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Category Archives: TGR Hunting Rifle Reviews

Staff Gun Review: Dad’s custom Sako 22-250

My dad’s 22-250 he built in 1966 Sako short action mated to a Pre 64 Winchester stainless target barrel originally chambered in 220 Swift.  A guy ordered it, changed his mind and my dad bought it off of him for 15 bucks! Cut it down to 22″ and rechambered in 22-250. 

Building a youth hunting rifle – Browning X-Bolt Micro Hunter .308

For several years the venerable .243 has been used quite successfully for a youth hunting rifle, and as an adult, I have taken numerous deer and hogs with one.

My oldest son is 13 and has been using my old 1959 Sako that has been cut down to the proper length of pull. He has killed a few deer and hogs with it..

Browning X-Bolt Review

Browning X-Bolt

TGR is currently conducting a long-term field test of the Browning X-Bolt.  Specifications:

  • .25-06 caliber.
  • 24″ free-floating barrel with a 1 in 10 twist.
  • Satin finish walnut stock – very traditional look.
  • 6 lbs 14 oz.
  • Detachable magazine.
  • Browning’s adjustable Feather Trigger.

Nosler Trophy Grade 280 Ackley Improved Review

The 280 Ackley Improved cartridge has been around for quite some time as a Wildcat. Basically it has the same parent case (30/06) as the 270 Win, 25-06 Rem and of course, the 280 Rem.  Ackely Improved means the shoulders are at a 40 degree angle making it hold a few grains more powder than the 280 and thus a little more velocity.   The Ackley Improved rounds are generally thought of by those that like it as being extremely efficient, those that do not dismiss it as unneeded and a pain to deal with for a few extra FPS.  Well, my take is they are both right. What the 280 AI does is get danged close to a 7mm mag in terms of velocity without the use of a belted case and with less powder, i.e., more efficient, similar trajectory with less recoil.  I like a flat shooting rifle having grown up hunting senderos in deep South Texas, the 25-06, 243, 22-250 all were common around our hunting camps.  As I started shooting more long range and really got the benefits of high BC bullets at extended ranges I started looking around at alternative hunting catridges.  7mm bullets have high BCs which translate into flatter shooting (in all honesty more noticable past 400-500 yards) with less wind drift.  The 140g Nosler Accubond is travelling at 3150 FPS out of a 24″ barrel and out to 500 yards is just as flat as a 25-06 with a 100g bullet and with less wind drift, past 500 (more than I personally would hunt) the higher BC 7mm bullets start to really shine, guys are pushing well beyond 1K with 160 grain bullets.

Tikka T3 Lite .270 WSM

Tikka T3:  I was looking for a new deer rifle and kind of approached it differently this time.  The first thing I did was to study the ballistic tables and the .270WSM really stood out.  This cartridge can push a 140gr bullet at 3,100 fps – flat shooting.  At 300 yards (with a 200 yard zero) it has about a 5.5″ drop, is moving at 2,600 fps, 2,100 energy delivery.