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#6529046 - 11/06/16 01:13 PM Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber?
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Looking for the best combination of available and cheap match ammo, low recoil, and plenty of power to get out to 500-600 yards. This will be used entirely for target shooting at the range, so there are no concerns about hunting.

I had a Savage 308 that was pretty good and had a heavy barrel, but I would prefer less recoil than that if I'm moving to a Tikka Lite.

Considering 223, 243, 22-250, etc. I don't want to be paying $1.50 a round for match ammo like I was for the federal 168 smk. If there isn't a centerfire round that's cheaper to shoot than that, then I might just forget about it entirely. I was hoping 17HMR would fill my needs for target shooting, but I'm just not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.

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#6529048 - 11/06/16 01:16 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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Based on that info, id go 243

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#6529072 - 11/06/16 01:39 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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In the Tikka Lite, the 243 is likely going to meet your needs the best. The 7mm-08 is also a good choice and has more range, heavier bullet availability, and still less recoil than the 308. The 6.5 Creedmoor would be awesome, but unfortunately Tikka isn't importing it in the Lite yet.
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#6529075 - 11/06/16 01:41 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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What match ammo is available for those and how much does it cost?

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#6529084 - 11/06/16 01:46 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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If you want the caliber that will let you shoot match loads and plinking loads, get the 223. That should be the cheapest caliber to feed. A 1in 8 twist would be good, though a 1 in 9 would do. If you decide to hunt, get the 243.

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#6529106 - 11/06/16 02:09 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: 603Country]
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
If you want the caliber that will let you shoot match loads and plinking loads, get the 223. That should be the cheapest caliber to feed. A 1in 8 twist would be good, though a 1 in 9 would do. If you decide to hunt, get the 243.
What type of good/cheap match ammo is there for 223? What could I reasonably expect a Tikka 223 to shoot at 100 yards? MOA, sub-MOA,...?

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#6529131 - 11/06/16 02:28 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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I don't think there is such a thing as cheap/match ammo muyloco
Especially for anything not .223
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#6529140 - 11/06/16 02:34 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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Get the fat barrel version of the Tikka T3 and you should have sub MOA results with good ammo. Probably get the good results with the std barrel, but I'm a fan of heavier short barrels (20"). My 20 inch barrel Tikka shoots well below MOA, but it's an aftermarket barrel. Others will likely comment on their Tikkas.

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#6529160 - 11/06/16 02:55 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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Tikka .243 lacks the twist to stabilize 6mm bullets with much BC. Economical to shoot, er available mass produced match ammo, you'll have to go .308 Win.

You considered getting into hand loading? A mediocre rifle can become a great rifle with hand loads tuned to that particular rifle. 600 yards is less frustrating with very consistent ammo. And $0.45 per round is much easier to swallow than $1.50. Course you'll have equipment to buy, but in no time it'll pay for itself.
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#6529177 - 11/06/16 03:04 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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I have a Tikka .243 and I love it!

What Fireman said is true about hand loading. I load for my Tikka and itt shoots sub MOA. I just use it for hunting but if I were you I would strongly consider hand loading ammo.

A nice guy on here showed me his set up and took me through the loading process.

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#6529184 - 11/06/16 03:08 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: 603Country]
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
Get the fat barrel version of the Tikka T3 and you should have sub MOA results with good ammo. Probably get the good results with the std barrel, but I'm a fan of heavier short barrels (20"). My 20 inch barrel Tikka shoots well below MOA, but it's an aftermarket barrel. Others will likely comment on their Tikkas.



You don't need the heavy barrel to shoot well unless you just want it. We have a T3 Lite in 7mm-08 that was under MOA out of the box with factory ammunition. Handloaded my son shoots cloverleafs at the 100 yard line.
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#6529237 - 11/06/16 03:31 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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I sold my Savage 308 because I was tired of feeding it ammo at $1.50 a shot and it was terrible on the cold bore shot plus the next 2 or 3 and was insane trying to find a decent stock for it. Federal 168 SMK is $30 a box at Academy. It can be had for $23-ish a box on gunbroker if you buy a case at a time, but I'm still looking for something cheaper to shoot. I figured 223 might qualify for that, but I have no idea what kind of match ammo to get.

As for handloading, I don't have the time, money, expertise, or motivation for that. I've got a wife and two kids, a full time job that I sometimes work overtime for, I'm in graduate school, and I play golf & go fishing some as well.

I'm just looking for a rifle/ammo combo that is relatively affordable up front and will allow me to shoot MOA or better consistently at 100 yards without spending $1+ a shot. Found a place to get Tikkas for $450-ish for the synthetic/blued version, which seems like a fantastic value.


Edited by patriot07 (11/06/16 03:35 PM)

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#6529240 - 11/06/16 03:32 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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I'll probably stick an SWFA 16x42 on it. I loved that scope when I had it on my Savage. Best bang for the buck for a target shooting scope IMHO.

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#6529260 - 11/06/16 03:43 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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In that case, you're going to have to get a 1:9 or 1:8 .223, and deal with Chad for ammo. That is, inexpensive to shoot, and capable of long range consistency.

Before you go looking for .22-250, it's probably going to have a 1:14 twist, so 55 gr is as heavy a bullet it will run. It'll give you fits 500+. I've done it.
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#6529301 - 11/06/16 03:57 PM Re: Looking to buy new Tikka - what caliber? [Re: patriot07]
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As all Tikka's have long actions anyway, why not consider the 6.5X55 Swede? Light on recoil, great long range bullet selection and even the "practice" ammo from Norma is pretty dang good stuff.


Edited by HandgunHTR (11/06/16 03:57 PM)
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