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Old 06-01-2010, 05:04 PM
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Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

Why is there such a disparity in aftermarket support for the Tikka T3?
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:26 PM
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Re: Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

I dont think there is lots of guys are moding there Tikka

What where you looking for Im sure we can point you in the right direction and find you a good smith to do the work.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:39 PM
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Re: Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

Tikka T3 Lites have a floating recoil lug that isn't attached to either the receiver or the stock. It just slides into matching slots. If rebarreling a T3 Lite, then perhaps the best way to convert from that lug is to run with a Rem 700-style lug screwed tight between the barrel and the action.

Shy of rebarreling, the T3 Lite recoil lug presents an impediment to placing the barreled action into any other aftermarket stocks. There are only a couple companies making after-market stocks for the T3 Lites, and they're pricey because of low volume production and sales.

In summary, I'd guess the T3 Lite recoil lug is the largest factor that has kept them out of the aftermarket limelight.

Fortunately, they shoot pretty darn well right out of the box. I've got two 7mm Rem Mags and one shoots well enough for 1000 yd hunting. The other is accuracy-limited to more like 750-800 yds. This is with finely tuned handloads. I don't know what they'd do with random factory loads. I've never shot a factory load out of either.

Last edited by phorwath; 06-01-2010 at 11:25 PM. Reason: To clarify my comments pertain to my T3 Lite models. Don't know if other T3 models have a different recoil lug design or not.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:59 PM
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Re: Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

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Fortunately, they shoot pretty darn well right out of the box. I've got two 7mm Rem Mags and one shoots well enough for 1000 yd hunting. The other is accuracy limited to more like 750-800 yds...
phorwath are you describing T3 Lites or Hunter models?
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:20 PM
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Re: Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

Sorry. I have two SS Tikka T3 Lite - 7mm Rem Mags. Mine are SS barreled actions with the black plastic stocks. I don't know if the Hunter Model has a different recoil lug design or not. To clarify, my report is what I have examined on my two T3 Lites.

Let me know if the Hunter Model recoil lug is different, if you happen to know?
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:02 AM
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Re: Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

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Sorry. I have two SS Tikka T3 Lite - 7mm Rem Mags. Mine are SS barreled actions with the black plastic stocks. I don't know if the Hunter Model has a different recoil lug design or not. To clarify, my report is what I have examined on my two T3 Lites.

Let me know if the Hunter Model recoil lug is different, if you happen to know?
Judging from other reports I believe the only difference between hunter and T3 Lite is the stock, additionally I have never heard a report of any Tikka T3's (Varmint / Tactical) being bedded.
wow not bad for a rifle design that doesn't require $800.00 in aftermarket parts and tuning to shoot fair at a fair distance. I have T3 Lite in 7mm-08 shooting about 1.25" groups at 100 yards with the cheapest winchester silver box. Sometimes I get an occasional clover leaf. I am very anxious to learn handloading and see if I can get it to shoot 1/2 at 100. Lot a guys say they are doing it, just find the sweet spot and learn to shoot. If I can learn to shoot well and get it tuned it's a realistic 500 yard hunter / shooter I figure thats a good milestone for a beginner.

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Old 06-02-2010, 05:02 PM
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Re: Why are the Tikka's lacking aftermarket support

M, the 7-08 of yours will 1/2 MOA easy as it is , I have a 595 the model before (IMHO Tikka/Sako went backwards with the T3), in 7-08 and I have taken lots of game out to 500 with it.
Ive mucked around with various bullets from 115 gr Speer HP-150 gr Serria 150s they have all taken game ranging from Hares through to Red deer with relative ease.

Sadly my 708 is now my bush gun so it dos'ent get out much like it use to, but if I ever just go for a rekie to a new block its the go to gun!

The two loads I have settled on are a 120 gr Nosler BT for light skined stuff(goat culling load really) but my main hunting load is the Nosler 140 Accubond which performs superbly. I shot a 80lb pig on Sunday nite,close really at 178 yrds through the right ham, smashed the hip joint, thru gut cavity broke its neck and stopped just under the skin behind its left ear! most impressed.

If you want another stock for it, Manners are now making composite stocks for the T3s they will be superb stocks but, I would suggest tunning yours as it is with a handload and just shoot it before going down that path.

If you havent yet lighten the trigger too, very easy job, if you google it it should come up with pictures if not PM me and I will send you some but its waaay simple and you cant really go any lighter than 1.5 lbs and its totally safe.

The Optilock rings are fine rings too I had people tell me that they crap because the Hex bolts strips the Hex part easy!! 15 IN/LBS tourque its all that it required, they will never ever strip! Ivce got them on my 375 H&H and in 4 years and 1000s of rounds they have never given me grief so they are strong.

Thats my 2c, you have a made an excellent choice anyway and will give you years of enjoyment.

Damm I got all carried away and didnt answer your question, they dont really need it, for factory guns theyre really good, and theyre made in Finland!!!
I asked a very well respected gunsmith about truing a Tikka action, "havent found one that needed it"
As for bases etc they have screws in the action for them, plenty of them out there! if you for some reason dont like the optilocks.
Limbsaver make recoil pads for them, Ive covered stocks and trigger
Anything else you need to know just ask.

Regards 300WSMMAD

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