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SPS Tactical models ‘benefit’ from the X-Mark Pro™ trigger ..... Hmmm!


Lost Bargains I’ve mentioned price more than once and the Tactical and Varmint models represented a real bargain two or three years ago at not much more than £500 if you shopped around - especially if you didn’t need the muzzle machined to accept a moderator before proofing. UK importers, Edgar Brothers, arranging this for an extra £50.


I even found some plain muzzle examples for sale in the high £400s and reckoned these prices couldn’t - wouldn’t last. Sadly, my crystal ball was in fine fettle, the RRP having since risen to the high £700s, although you can still shave £100 or more off if you shop around for the cheapest deal.


At these prices, the rifles should have flown off gunshop racks in 2008/9 but sporting shooters had contracted a severe dose of ‘Tikka T3-itis’ and 700s were seen as ‘boring’. With hindsight, I can see that I made a good decision in buying one at this time, reckoning this was far too good an opportunity to miss, especially given the 700’s suitability for customisation.


However, this wasn’t my first consideration at the time, as what I really needed was a plain- Jane heavy-barrel .223 to do a round of load- development with the cartridge covering bullets in the 35-70gn weight range. I had attempted this many years ago in an early Remington 700 VS, but had been limited by its 1-12 rifling twist.


On top of that, many new bullets and powders have been introduced over the last 10 years for


Dave Wylde starts the tune- up with a complete strip- down (of the rifle!), knocking the trigger assembly retaining pins out here.


34 Target Shooter


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