Field Shooting / Practical Shooting / Field Steel / Long Range - it all essentially means the same thing - shooting targets, at distance under positional and/or time constraints. It's a great deal of fun, and it's growing as a sport in New Zealand.
Whether you plan on heading out to competitions, or just want something nice to plink away at the range with, wouldn't you rather be shooting than setting things up?
After years of seeing guys sold the wrong thing, and not having the set up correctly, I offer a complete turnkey system option - including a day of setup and shooting your new rifle!
Let me take the hassle out of the setup, and, make sure you get the most out of your investment!
Now I see the difference between a store bought rifle and a custom setup.
The rifle fits me like a glove and shoots like a dream.
TAC A1The Rifle
If you live in New Zealand, you know the Tikka brand. The T3 and now T3X potentially being the most popular hunting rifle for years.
The TAC A1 takes the Tikka (and Sako) pedigree and updates it to a modern shooting system.
Never before has there been a rifle that meets the strictest quality requirements for unrivalled long range accuracy at this price range. With best-in-class value for every sports shooter, the T3x TAC A1 is the ultimate tool for long range accuracy.
The Tikka TAC A1
If you haven't already seen it - I have been doing an ongoing series of articles on the Tikka TAC A1 - as it quickly became my personal favourite 'out-of-the-box' precision rifle system.
The slightly heavier action and barrel (which it shares with CTR rifle) and the phenomenal 2-Stage trigger originally seen in the T3X Arctic, this firearm just shoots everything well.
The precision rifle darling just won't go away!Cartridge and Ammo Match
6.5 CreedmoreThe Cartridge
Despite being called a fad for the longest time, the 6.5 Creedmoor has proven itself time and time again as a phenomenal long-range cartridge. Great ballistics, less recoil and support by a wide range of Factory Ammunition - the cartridge is here to stay, and the obvious choice for a rifle system like this.
Reload if you want, but also be confident that you can find ammunition to feed your rifle from most gun stores, including us. Match Ammo, plinking ammo - it's there.
Should you, for some reason, take the TAC A1 out hunting (a little too heavy for us, but up to you) - there is also plenty of hunting ammunition available.
Hornady Match Ammunition
Our factory ammo choice is Hornady's sublime 147-grain Match ammo.
While, to be fair, this firearm system shoots everything well, this ammunition simply shoots better than the rest. The 147 grain projectile, with its G7 BC of .351 - this is the load to take you out to 1k (and beyond).
While by design, this is considered target ammo, the ELD-M projectile, with its foundations based on the venerable A-Max projectile - still does the damage on 'targets of opportunity' while out shooting on the range.
This is the ammo we zero and test with the firearm, chronograph, set up the optics and custom turrets for, and enter into the ballistics calculator.
Along with the rifle, we supply 100 rounds of ammunition. While the zero and performance shift between batch to batch is negligible, this just gets us started off on the right foot.
Again, another step of setup we remove for you. Just go shoot!
It's what you see your world through.Don't skimp on optics!
Steiner T5xi 5-25The Scope
A fine rifle deserves fine glass.
There is no point in phenomenal rifle, with sub-par optics. While it could be argued that there is no real upper limit for the optics you could put on the rifle, it's also a case of keeping things in-line in regards to overall investment in a system.
I personally suggest people budget spending the same amount on optics that they do on the rifle. In fact, in my case, on my personal guns, I tend to have more invested in the optics than the rifle. I suggest you seriously consider the same.
A couple of neat tricks...
Apart from the sublime glass, the Steiner 5-25 has a few neat tricks up it's sleeve - the main one being the turret numbers that actually change depending on how many rotations you have on the dial.
More than once I have seen shots missed because people have either left a rotation on, or forgotten to dial up properly. With this turret system - that isn't an issue.
I have already done a bit of a write-up about it's smaller version - the 3-15 - but a lot of the points are the same between the two.
On the Tikka TAC A1 though, the larger 5-25 really comes into it's own.
Less faffing around. More shooting.Setup and Validation
Setup for youWith you
The scope comes fully set up, zeroed and ready to go.
However, the entire firearm system will be customised and tweaked just for you - which is part of the setup process and training that we include with each one of our firearms.
We will spend a day with you ensuring eye relief is correct, performing a final zero validation with you shooting the firearm and run through its operation and features.
All of our rifles are supplied with a set of confirmed (by you) ballistic tables, removing the guesswork.
Setup and training
A big part of getting into the firearm supply side of things was out of frustration of having to set up and troubleshoot new rifles for clients. New guns, sold and 'setup' for customers - but not being remotely ready to go when out in the field. During our shooting fundamentals courses, instead of being able to focus on the shooting, we ended up gear focused.
I decided a better way was needed. So, each of our systems includes a day of setting up, training and trueing the client on their new investment. Before the customer even turns up, we have confirmed the system is set up correctly, functioning properly and ready to go. No more questioning if it's you or the rifle - you can just focus on shooting fundamentals and getting out and shooting.
The setup day involves an orientation around the firearm and optics system, before setting the rifle up just for you, including zero confirmation at 100 meters. Once that is done, we spend the rest of the time working on some basic shooting fundamentals and stretching the legs of the new gun.
You will walk away familiar with your new rifle, how it shoots and how to get the most out of it.
Documents and Reference Cards
Along with the rifle, you will also receive a suite of documentation and information on the rifle system.
More than just a drop card, we provide information on how to get the most out of the firearm in varying conditions and environments. We supply a barrel shot record, as well as a quick reference on scope reticles, MIL and MOA and much, much more. It's DOPE (data on previous engagements) ready to go for your new gun.
Working with Kerry was really easy.
We figured out what I needed, he put it together and showed me how to get the most out of it.
Tikka TAC A1 Precision Rifle System
- Tikka TAC A1 24" 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle (Right Handed)
- Steiner t5Xi 5.25 MIL SCR Scope
- Steiner Scope Rings (with Bubble)
- Accu Tac LR-10 Bipod
- Mabpul Pic Rail Section
- Hornady Match 147 Grain Ammo (100 rounds)
- DPT 6.5mm Suppressor
- Rifle Drag Bag
- A day shooting and setting up the system
- The hassle
Questions? Keen to get underway?
Get in touch to start a build, or, if you have any questions.
If it's not quite what you are after - let us know - we can customise most things.