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#5865849 - 08/06/15 09:12 AM Tikka accuracy question
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Here's the deal. I have a Tikka T3 lite stainless, but it isn't bone stock. I had a fancy barrel put on and had it all tuned up. Shoots fabulous. Now I'm thinking about buying a new one in 223. Same lite stainless version, but just the as-purchased version, with no gunsmith tuneup. So, what I'd like to know is how good can I expect the untuned T3 lite to shoot with selected hand loads. I'd really like to hear from those of you that own and shoot the unaltered T3.

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#5865867 - 08/06/15 09:22 AM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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Go look at my latest Tikka thread.

I bet $5 the .223 will hold 3/4 MOA on a hand load, 1/2 MOA (100 yards) would not surprise me in the least.
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#5865885 - 08/06/15 09:31 AM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 04/24/15
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Loc: Pittsburg, TX
I have 2 unaltered in .308 and 300 wsm they shoot great right out of the box. Very accurate.
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#5865968 - 08/06/15 10:11 AM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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What Jason said +1, my 6.5swede and 270WCF were in that that 1/2MOA range even with my clumsy handloads...and the 270 shot a mix of leftover Factory stuff in 5 brands during my break in period 1 MOA or better. The Swede however did not like my super slow brake in loads in 140gr'ers at starter loads...but shot the Sierra book Hunting load in 120gr SGK's all in one hole more often than not. The faster I ran them the better the Swede shot. Making a target was easy...take blank piece of typing paper & hang it on the back board, put a bullet hole in it...and pound the hole as many times as You wanted..and could keep'em under MOA all day.

The 270 was the same way in some disc'd 130gr Nosler FB SP's that I'd bought as blem's to practice with, and @ max MV's. This is the old style pre BT bullet - really just a BT with a lead SP tip instead of the Delrin tip, and I'd buy a BIG bunch of 'em if I could find 'em again at $14 a 100ct again. Might be a cheap bullet but it was scary accurate and killed WTails with ease outta the T3 270.

I expect the same results from the T3 260 I bought last winter the week after Christmas as the 1st & Foundation piece in the Complete Do Over of ALL my shooters and scopes ....just have not shot yet it...it's sitting next to my desk right now with the NIB 2x10x50 Minox, wearing the new Talley Lites, waiting it's turn.

Between the DinL's several life threatning medical events starting in Febuary, multiple surgeries & weeks in the hospital, and other cancer related procedures, then, during this Spring's 3 seperate Floods here at Lake Texoma that put flood water to within 35-40 feet of the house, and several other attention getters....we've had other issues to address.

OBTW we are still 9'+ over flood stage as of this morning and trying to recover before winter sets in, with the boat house still torn loose from it's moorings during a 60-80mph wind storm the Saturday nite after Mothers Day in May...but still floating in pieces roped together, which is waaay better than 3 of the 5 BH's in the creek with me that are severely damaged, sunk or still perched 20' up in the trees off the ground waiting for the contracters floating crane's to rescue it...It Never Stops up here.
Ron


Edited by WileyCoyote (08/06/15 10:16 AM)
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#5865992 - 08/06/15 10:24 AM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
spg Offline
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One of the most accurate factory guns made, you should be sub MOA with hand loads. IMO the best factory action you can get. It would make sense to get a aftermarket barrel with a faster twist if your planning to shoot heavier bullets.

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#5866006 - 08/06/15 10:36 AM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 09/30/13
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I shoot a T-3 in 30/06 with core lokt and it shoots very accurate.

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#5866081 - 08/06/15 11:29 AM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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With the 223, my options would be a 1 in 8 or a 1 in 12 twist. I'd go for the faster twist. I really don't want to spend the money on an aftermarket barrel this time.

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#5866167 - 08/06/15 12:18 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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A bolt action Tikka .223 1:8, loaded with 75 gr A-maxes would be a joy to shoot!
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#5866171 - 08/06/15 12:19 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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Are the .223 Rem. T3's 1 in 8 twist?
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#5866182 - 08/06/15 12:23 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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I have a tikka 223 and 308 that are unaltered. Both shoot 3/4'groups at 100 years with factory ammo. All day long no question. I am about to buy another.
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#5866183 - 08/06/15 12:23 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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That's what the Tikka site says, either 8 or 12.

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#5866282 - 08/06/15 01:24 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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I need a .223 bolt gun at some point, maybe mine will be a Tikka.
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#5866305 - 08/06/15 01:41 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
Anton Chigurh Offline
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Registered: 06/22/14
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Loc: Stephenville
I had a t3 lite SS in 223, with a 1:10 twist barrel. Soon after I got it I dropped it in a B&c medalist stock, which free floated the barrel. I hand loaded for it a little but didn't keep it long enough to do extensive testing, but it would def shoot 3/4 moa.

I am just starting to work with a t3 lite SS in 243, all I did with it is to sand the pressure point out in the factory stock to free float the barrel. Im not going to mess with a stock upgrade on this one. I do think it's going to be a good shooter also.


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#5866306 - 08/06/15 01:41 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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I like my Tikka's too, but they lose accuracy pretty quick as the barrel heats up. Get about 5 shots with my 30-06 and about 8 to 10 with my .243 before I start seeing flyers. It seems the larger the caliber, the further off the flyer. Just something to think about if wanting to shoot lots of rounds in one sitting.

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#5866335 - 08/06/15 01:53 PM Re: Tikka accuracy question [Re: 603Country]
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We have a tikka 223 varmint and I can easily shoot moa or less out to 200 yard with very generic factory ammo. It's a 1:8 twist barrel and it shot a 69gr something that in reloaded brass from HSM about 1/2 at 100yds. Some people here have seen me shoot and Can attest I'm no expert rifle shooter. It's still a bone stock rifle.

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