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Lithgow la101 22lr

17 Jun 2017
@ 10:04 pm (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

Before everyone spanks me, long range is relative, 1000 yards for the hot rods etc, so 150 yards for a 22lr is "long range".

So, I sold my 375h&h Ruger #1 and bought a Lithgow la101 22lr, synthetic stock and threaded barrel (it came with it, pretty useless in Australia) and the local gunsmith lightened the trigger to approx 1 lb.

I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but I have started to break in the barrel as per Nathan's instructions, added the extra stock spacing to lengthen the length of pull.

First comments:

The good - the metalwork has excellent finish, weaver base is loctited, design of the stock is excellent.

The bad - the synthetic stock is crap, it's stiff enough and will benefit from a stock stabilisation job and bedding which I will do with this year's tax return. The problem is it cannot to torqued down, the action screws are small with a small head and it just berries itself into the plastic.

Anyway working again this weekend so another week until I can get to the range.

I will post photos next day off.

Mark

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18 Jun 2017
@ 04:37 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Make sure you shoot it before you change anything. Those rifles are tack drivers according to one review I read just a couple evenings ago.
18 Jun 2017
@ 10:28 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
That's a shame Mark. Once a screw begins to pass into plastic, a rifle can really lose all hope of accuracy. The trouble is, when gun makers utilize such methods, they generally fail to tell customers to use minimal torque (a supplied snap off driver would be nice). By the time the customer realizes what has been done, its often too late to salvage.

Perhaps you can use a large head M6 as we used to do with the Omark's. These would protude from under the Omark rifle but they worked well. Hopefully you can find a fix.

But as Bryan said, do try to avoid any other work until you have tested the rifle, otherwise it might void any warranty.
19 Jun 2017
@ 04:37 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
One more thing about this rifle manufacturer is that they make the tupperware stocked rifle but as well, they sell rifles with a nice laminated stock as well as with a walnet stock:

http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2017/06/lithgow-la101-tack-driving-22-lr-bolt-action-from-australia/
19 Jun 2017
@ 06:48 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Hey Mark,

I was shooting next to a guy who had one of these in the laminate stock on the weekend. It was doing fairly well at 100yds. I can't really recall but I think he had a 10 shot group in about 1MOA. But as I said I can't really recall.

It's a nice looking rifle to be sure. Not sure about any fixes though :(

Is the trigger adjustable like the LA102s ?

Cheers

Andrew.
22 Jun 2017
@ 01:25 pm (GMT)

Andy Hrelja

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Just my 2c worth...I can't speak for the 22lr but I do have the 17HMR LA101 variant with a synthetic stock and I don't know if tac drive would be an accurate description. Tac heads are way too big...lol :) (Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little) I know 17HMR is inherently more accurate then 22lr but I'm consistently getting sub 1cm groups at 50m and not much bigger at 100m. And nothing so far that has crossed the path of my crosshairs has lived to talk about it.

All I've done to it is replace the trigger spring so it's considerably lighter and put in the stock stabiliser. And both these were done after putting about 50 rounds through it at the range (the trigger is crap out of box - so disappointing given how good everything else is). I just torque it up to the specs in the manual and have had no issues at all with movement, screws going into the plastic or anything else. Not sure how tight you did the screws up to get into the plastic. I also have a LA102 in 308 with the synthetic stock and likewise, haven't had issues with over tightening screws (it has a much nicer, and adjustable, trigger out of the box).

What torque are you trying to get them to?
23 Jun 2017
@ 07:52 am (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
I checked the rifle yesterday and gave it a good inspection and reread the manual. On first reading I missed the 1.5nm (13 in lb) torque setting.

When I first re torqued the stock, I was using 30 in lb. It felt like the heads were fulling into the plastic. On this inspection there seems to be a pillar inserted into the stock, probably aluminium. I re torqued to 15 in lb as this is the lowest setting I have and everything is fine.

Hopefully getting this weekend off so I can go the range and test.

My Bad
Mark
25 Jun 2017
@ 08:08 pm (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Finally got to the range today - all is good.

Crony at 10 feet. Target at 50 yards. Scope Nightforce 3.5-15x50 NP 2DD

I had some older Win 40gr solids 1300 fps 0.7 inch
42gr win power Pont 1370 fps 1 inch
40 gr win power point 1290 fps 0.5 inch 5 shot groups

The Nightforce is now permanently cemented to the Lithgow. Great combination.

Mark
25 Jun 2017
@ 10:12 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
I find that my 22LR (CZ452) likes the 40gr PowerPoints too. It certainly does not like the high velocity stuff. Groups were out to 4-5 inches at 100yds. The power points were closer to 1.5-2. I will have to take it out again soon. It's been a little while...

Nice work though mate. Glad to read it came toget her again no troubles.
26 Jun 2017
@ 02:45 am (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
All of my .22LR rifles prefer Lapua Center-X ammunition by far, and I have tested a lot of brands.
26 Jun 2017
@ 08:14 am (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Thanks guys, l will try the Lapua and CCI next.

Interestingly on the bench next door to me was a Savage in 17WSM, $AUD30 for 50 rounds and it was as load as my 7mm-08.

On a side note I tested some ADI2208 for the 7mm-08 40.5gr with 162 A-Max 2" group at 100 yards 2880 fps. Still not as good as ADI8208 39.5gr 1" group 2780fps

Mark
26 Jun 2017
@ 09:42 am (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Hi Mark. Have you tried ADI2209?
26 Jun 2017
@ 06:45 pm (GMT)

Andy Hrelja

Re: Lithgow la101 22lr
Glad to hear it all worked out Mark. I'm sure you'll be more than happy with the Lithgow. It's great to see such great, Australian made, rifles. Have you tried the CCI Velocitors? I haven't used them in a Lithgow but they do surprisingly well in an old CZ. Can't speak for target shooting. It was purely a bunny buster / plinker.
 

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