Tikka T3 280AI project

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by huckjare, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. huckjare

    huckjare Well-Known Member

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    So I am selling my full custom 260AI to free up some funds for other projects. I have been toying with the idea of building a 280AI out of a 7mm-08. From what I can see this should not be an issue with a good smith. Basically just ream it out to a 280AI. The main reason for building it on a Tikka T3 action is I can get a 7mm-08 with basically a long action since all Tikkas have the same action length. I would need to get a new mag, but besides that I should be golden, I think. Any pointer or anything I am missing? I am thinking about getting the super lite which weighs in less than 6 pounds. That would be the ultimate mountain rifle. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks.
     
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    HANDLER Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    You'll have an awesome gun,,,I took one in 6.5x55 and reamed it to 6.5-284 and it was a tack driver,,even with the short barrel, I was able to get 2900fps with 140 bergers and rl-17,,,,good luck
     
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    huckjare Well-Known Member

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    That's what I wanted to hear! Did you put a different stock on it or any other modifications?
     
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    HANDLER Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I put a varmint tikka stock on mine and an extended mag,,no other mods
     
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    huckjare Well-Known Member

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    Great. As soon as I sell my other rifle I think this is the route I might go. I did just come across a 6.5x55 T3, I guess the 6.5x284 is another option. Thanks
     
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    HANDLER Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    You'll like it,,,killed a buck at 750 yards with a 140 berger vld