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#6387688 - 07/29/16 06:56 PM Long Range 223 rifle
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Has anyone had any experience with the Tikka HB varmint in 223? I am looking at it for a semi LR gun. What can you tell me, good or bad?
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#6387713 - 07/29/16 07:21 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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For 223, Tikka varmint is the ONE SINGLE factory gun everyone who knows his stuff recommends.
Nice action (much nicer than Remington or Savage)
Good trigger
1/2 moa or better accuracy.

Try to find one with 1:8 twist (the most common is 1/9).


Edited by Kevin1 (07/29/16 07:23 PM)

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#6387736 - 07/29/16 07:37 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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be sure and look at the Remington 5R 20" barrel, its a rock star




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#6387791 - 07/29/16 08:24 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: Kevin1]
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Originally Posted By: Kevin1
For 223, Tikka varmint is the ONE SINGLE factory gun everyone who knows his stuff recommends.
Nice action (much nicer than Remington or Savage)
Good trigger
1/2 moa or better accuracy.

Try to find one with 1:8 twist (the most common is 1/9).


Truth.

Load it with 75 or 80 grain bullets.
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#6388048 - 07/30/16 07:22 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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We have one and it's very fun and accurate to shoot. Have no complaints with it.

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#6388118 - 07/30/16 09:14 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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or u could step up and get a big boy tikka called a SAKO 85

butt I guess I don't know my stuff violin
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#6388208 - 07/30/16 11:16 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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That SAKO 85 is sooo nice! I'll probably buy one. It's two to three times more expensive than a Tikka though. The Tikka is the best value for the money. The SAKO is obviously a much nicer and more refined gun.

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#6388343 - 07/30/16 01:51 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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yes and yes

The Tikka is really a great gun, never heard anyone say anything bad about them. You will love it!!!!


Be sure and get a really good scope with BDC turrets...
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#6388892 - 07/30/16 10:44 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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I have an 8" twist Tikka, very accurate right out of the box with good ammo, loves 75gr Hornady Match.

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#6390042 - 08/01/16 06:13 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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Savage makes a number of outstanding precision rifles chambered for .223... A few of which are known for winning matches just as they come out of the box.

Prices are reasonable too, considering what you get.

Having said that, my son and I have have been looking at the Tikka varmint model too. I have heard nothing but good reports about that firearm.


Edited by charlesb (08/01/16 06:15 AM)
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#6391198 - 08/01/16 10:52 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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I got the Tikka 8 twist promptly chopped it to 22" and dropped Ito a Whiskey 3 chassis. It is the most accurate rifle I own. I'm burning 75gr amax pills at 2950......800 and in is a walk in the park and sooooooo easy to shoot it's causing quite a jealous fued w my AW😂
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#6391537 - 08/02/16 09:48 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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Does Tikka make a 7 twist barrel for their varmint model?
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#6391546 - 08/02/16 09:56 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
603Country Offline
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Single shot made a point that I agree with. My Tikka in 260 is absolutely the easiest rifle to shoot well with that I have ever owned. I don't know why that is, but it's a fact. If I didn't already have a 223, I'd absolutely buy a Tikka with the varmint barrel (8 twist or 9 twist, I don't care).

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#6391548 - 08/02/16 09:57 AM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Originally Posted By: Texan Til I Die
Does Tikka make a 7 twist barrel for their varmint model?


7twst? good luck even finding an 8twst


Edited by SingleShot85 (08/02/16 10:01 AM)
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#6391954 - 08/02/16 02:35 PM Re: Long Range 223 rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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Ok, I have another question for the gurus. I have found a Savage 12 model 223 with 26" ss barrel, 7 twist. Here is the main question in my mind, it is a right hand bolt with left hand ejection port & single shot. What are the positives and negatives about the left hand ejection port? How difficult is it to get used to loading it with the left hand. Give me your opinions. Thanks Daniel
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