Good Morning All,
I picked up my 220F on Friday, along with about $100 of ammo at dealer cost. Ready to rock, right? Wrong. The dealer pulled a set of bases off a Savage 110 on his shelf, and we didn't look closely. They weren't correct. Walmart (not my favorite gun emporium) to the rescue with a set of 2 Weaver #46 bases. Mounted bases on shotgun, pulled Leupold VXII, 2X7-33 Shotgun scope out of box. As we all NOW know, the action is too long for that scope with standard bases.
Long story short, nothing accomplished this weekend. I'm calling Brownells this morning to get a set of Warne extension bases for this puppy. A long extension for the front and short extension for the rear. The scope has Warne rings on it, so that should work. Hope to have it ready by Friday. But This weekend is early muzzleloader season, so unless I score early, it'll be 2 weeks before I can file a range report. I have Remington AccuTips, Federal Barnes Tipped and hollowpoint and some Winchester silvertips. I will also likely try the new Winchester Dual Bonds.
General impressions: I like the 220F. Finish is a little rough, and fit is not close. But it handles nicely and the Accutrigger breaks nicely at about 3 lbs. I was concerned about finger access with heavy gloves through the trigger guard, bit I usually use the peel back type of mittens anyway. After shooting, I may think about filling in some of the forend stock with bedding glass (still maintaining the float). This will add a little weight and allow less water to accunulate there. I want 2" groups at 100 yards (or better), and if I can do my part, and the gun delivers I will be VERY happy.