Before I shoot my new gun, I need to know...

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Rymart, May 25, 2005.

  1. Rymart

    Rymart Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    I just got my Tikka M595 Sporter in 308 (very difficult to find). The factory barrel was removed, because the gunsmith had planned to make the gun into a Palma rifle with a custom barrel. I had him reinstall the new original factory barrel.

    After receiving the rifle and installing the rings and the scope I loaded the magazine with 5 rounds of Federal Gold Medal Match Ammo (175 grains), placed the magazine in the rifle, and worked the rounds through the rifle. I noticed that when I closed the bolt with a couple of the rounds, that it seemed to close a little tightly. I inspected these rounds and noticed a slight scratch like mark on the bullet about a 16th of an inch up from the end of the case and parallel to the end of the case. The mark was approximately 1/4 the circumference of the bullet. Do I need to be worried about this? The bolt wasn't really that hard to close, but did seem slightly harder than normal. Could this indicate an issue with the rifle that may effect accuracy in a negative way? Any ideas or suggestions??

    Thank You in advance.
  2. jb1000br

    jb1000br Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2003
    FWIW, my tikka 595 243 has a tight chamber as well -- closes firmly on a FL sized round even!

    It is a good thing /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    see how she shoots!

    THe scratch was probably from the mag feeding.

  3. Aussie

    Aussie Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    Fishfry ,
    The markings on the bullet you have observed are perfectly normal.They occur as the bullet contacts the chamber due to gravity , pressure from the extractor as it slips over the case rim or pressure from the plunger type ejector pushing the case sideways (no plunger type ejector in a Tikka from memory). Firm chambering of a factory load probably indicates that your rifle has minimum headspace . This is positive . /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif