Originally Posted by Texas Republic
I am needing some direction here. I am fixing to purchase a Tikka Varmint 308. The several reviews and comparisons I have read give it high marks on accuracy and function. The only complaints I found were the stock and recoil lug set up.
The mods I know I want are an after market stock and threaded barrel for a muzzle brake. As far as the stock is concerned, I would like to get something along the lines of the RCS stock that has the thumbhole feature. However, the price is ridiculous in my opinion for a stock. Anything out there that is comparable to that for less cost? If not, which stock would you guys recommend? I want something not too heavy with adjustable cheek piece.
What other modifications would you guys recommend for the rifle? Can anything be done about the recoil lug?
It doesen,t look like any experts are going to chime in so I will tell you what little I know about
As you said they are very well made but the recoil set up is a poor design. I built myself a 223 AI
on a S 491 action and this is what I ran into.
First the stocks are almost impossible to find for any Sako and I ended up re inletting a
Remington short action ADL stock, Had to build an eccentric front pillar to get the action screw
spacing correct. Then I had to build a recoil lug that fit between the barrel and the receiver and
Inlet the stock for it. (It was the only stock that came close to fitting the Sako action but still
required lots of work)
After that I did a full bedding job and it shoots great.
The recoil lug is simply not anchord solid and allows the action to move.
I don't know how much a smith would charge for all of this work or would even attempt it. Finding
a stock is the real problem because Sako wont sell you one of theirs.
If you want to build a long range rifle a Remington, Savage ,or a Winchester would be a better choice to build on. The Remington rifles are like the small block Chevy's there is every part in the world available for them.
Don't let me talk you out of what you want, I was just telling you what problems you will have
trying to customize it.
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