Tikka Accuracy Problems

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by tikka270win, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. tikka270win

    tikka270win Active Member

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    I purcased a tikka t3 lite 270 winchester at the end of last summer, and have never gotten it to shoot good groups. I have been using factory loads to try to get it to group but it hasn't worked. It is consistently getting 3-5 inch groups and I'm not sure why. I put new scope rings on just in case that was the problem and it hasn't helped at all. On it is a brand new Nikon Monarch so I find it hard to beleive it's the scope. And i have gone through and tightened bolts and mounts. The only thing i have left to try is check it for copper fouling, but it didn't shoot good groups when it was pretty new. Any suggestions on what to try/check for? I'm lost right now and have never even heard of a Tikka not shooting extremely accurately. And i have been using winchester factor 130s in case that matters. I am getting pretty frustrated with the gun. The only thing I've had happen while owning the gun was a broke an aluminum cleaing rod off inside it but carefully removed it with the other end of the rod and have been told that should in no way damage the barrel.
     
  2. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Try other ammo.

    I know it's not fun to buy 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 types of ammo to see what it shoots well, but that's what you have to do. I have pistols and rifles that shoot some loads very, very well and other loads shoot as poorly as you describe. If you know anyone else with a 270 see if they have a few different loads you can try.

    After you've done that, then you can decide what to do next.

    Oh, and this is assuming your scope is good. Consider swapping a known, good scope and see if that helps. I've had three (3) go bad in the past year, and two were excellent performers last year. Rifles went from terrific to terrible and in the end it was the scopes. One of the scopes was brand new, too.
     

  3. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    I'd try a different scope first as well.

    Are you telling us that you have used a 3 piece aluminum cleaning rod and part of it broke or are you saying a one piece rod broke?

    If you are using a 3 piece rod, do yourself and every rifle you like a big favor and throw it straight into the garbage. Buy a 1-piece rod, and it is arguable whether or not it should be aluminum or coated. I use BoreTech coated rods only.

    Oh, you are using a bore guide right?

    If you put a known good scope on the rifle and still get bad spreads, its time for different ammo.
     
  4. Sami

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    If a switch to different ammo won't improve the groups, it's best to sent it back to Beretta. Looks like you have already went through new rings. I doubt it's the scope but you never know. Different box of ammo and if that doesn't help, borrow another scope from a friend to rule out the scope. Then send it back if it still shoots large groups.
     
  5. tikka270win

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    I have shot both remington and winchester so far and both shot poorly. And i did switch to a one piece rod, and need to purchase a bore guide. I think i will try a different scope although i doubt a brand new nikon is bad. I have been getting a strange marking on brass. A groove down a couple thousandths from the top that sometimes looks like little gouges that go around the neck. And the brass that looks like that has soot as well, which i know typically means low pressure. Do you think theres a connection between the marking and the poor accuracy? I feel like im the only one with an inaccurate tikka lol
     
  6. toddc

    toddc Well-Known Member

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    After breaking a rod in it and showing scratches on neck Id get to a borescope ASAP.
     
  7. tikka270win

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    I should be able to go to a gunsmith about this right? They could tell me if something obvious was messed up?
     
  8. toddc

    toddc Well-Known Member

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    As long as they have a borescope.
     
  9. tikka270win

    tikka270win Active Member

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    What if they dont have a borescope?:D
     
  10. toddc

    toddc Well-Known Member

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    Be tough to diagnose. Has gun always shot like a turd? When you clean it does barrel seem to grab patch at certain spots or slide smooth the whole way?
     
  11. Sami

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    Yes. If the barrel is damaged and you need to replace it, you can either have the gunsmith put in a new barrel or you can still sell it for someone who wants to build a custom rifle out of it. It would not get you a new rifle price but still a decent value out of it. I know a few who would be very interested in T3 action and would pay a good value for one. Just FYI, I didn't mean to solicit on your thread.
     
  12. Sami

    Sami Well-Known Member

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    Then I'd say he's not a real gunsmith and find someone else... :D
     
  13. wasgas

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    My t3 light .270 shoots incredible for about 5 rounds, after that the patter opens up from .5 inches to about 5 inches, then I have to clean the copper out and do it again. It is still a good rifle for hunting but it requires lots of upkeep, so I do not use it for plinking paper. Take some time cleaning it and get all of the copper out and then try it, make sure there is no more green or blue on the patches with a good copper solvent.
     
  14. tikka270win

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    The first time i shot it sighting it in it seemed to be adjusting correctly then since that it has done what you said. Any suggestions on copper solvent?