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Old 10-04-2013, 03:05 PM
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Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

Hi, I'm Andrew and I'm new to this forum and long range shooting.
Basically I've been staying inside 400 yards for shooting and I recently set up a new
Tikka T3 Superlite (fluted barrel) 300WM with a muzzle brake and a nightforce nxs 5.5-22x50mm scope

The attached photos are pictures of my first round of handloads for it with Berger VLD 185gr bullets. I would have gone heavier but I can't find any heavier berger bullets

the grids on the targets are 1" and all were shot at 100 yards

3 shot groups and every shot is cold bore. I waited about 10 min in between every shot.
5mph wind

I was wondering how accurate this rifle would be out to say 600, 700, 800+ yards.
Is it accurate enough to take an elk at those ranges with the groupings i've got so far.
getting about 2835 average on velocity.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:27 PM
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Re: Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

Andrew- those are great groups , amazing out of sucha light rifle. they easily have the potential. you have to shoot futher to see.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:18 PM
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Re: Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

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Andrew- those are great groups , amazing out of sucha light rifle. they easily have the potential. you have to shoot futher to see.
100% agree, just dont let that barrel heat up and I suspect you will be fine.

I also wanted to thank you for the well thought out question and the info you provided, GREAT FIRST POST!

Jon
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:20 PM
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Re: Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

Thanks Guys!
I'm heading out tomorrow to shoot. Hopefully weathers good...
I will try to get some shots out to 600 and see how it does.

Andrew
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:39 PM
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Re: Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

Whenever you wonder how far you can shoot at a game animal the questions to ask are
1- can I hit the vitals 100% of the time at that range in the SAME conditions? This includes temperature swings (POI of the rifle CHANGE) and of course WIND!
2-Do I have enough energy/momentum?
3-Do I have enough impact velocity to make the bullet open reliably?
4-Can I recover this animal

The manufacturer will have a minimum expansion velocity on the box/website, then just look to you ballistics charts and see how much velocity you should have at that distance. I always come in a few hundred just to be sure.

And yes you can certainly shoot a light gun at long range... you just gotta be cut from the right cloth.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:56 PM
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Re: Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

Alright, I got out this morning and was able to get my tikka out to 625 yards.
this is the group it shot at 625 yards.
3 shots
what do you guys think?
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Re: Tikka T3 Long Range Capabilities

Great, it looks great!
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