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CHILL52

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Anyone here ever seen velocities in the 2800's from a factory CTR 24" with factory 140 ELD-M?

Reason i ask is i'm going back through the data to start working on ballistic tables. From sighting in mine last week the recorded velocities we were getting averaged 2870fps and that seems to be significantly faster than what i've read about 140's out of a factory tikka barrel.

Obviously i'll have to go shoot more at distance to work it out... but was just curious.
 

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Anyone here ever seen velocities in the 2800's from a factory CTR 24" with factory 140 ELD-M?

Reason i ask is i'm going back through the data to start working on ballistic tables. From sighting in mine last week the recorded velocities we were getting averaged 2870fps and that seems to be significantly faster than what i've read about 140's out of a factory tikka barrel.

Obviously i'll have to go shoot more at distance to work it out... but was just curious.
Never heard of a factory Tikka 6.5 barrel getting that kind of velocity from box ammo. My 24-inch Tikka would get 2,740 with the factory barrel using hand loads that would occasionally have sticky bolt lift on hot days.

I'd check the the primers and case head for signs of pressure. If you're not seeing pressure signs then likely your chronograph is the issue.
 

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Never heard of a factory Tikka 6.5 barrel getting that kind of velocity from box ammo. My 24-inch Tikka would get 2,740 with the factory barrel using hand loads that would occasionally have sticky bolt lift on hot days.

I'd check the the primers and case head for signs of pressure. If you're not seeing pressure signs then likely your chronograph is the issue.
My thoughts exactly. I was thinking it had to be the chrono.
Temp was 39 degrees F, no pressure signs. Realistically i'm going to set the data at 2750 and go from there based on shots at distance.
 

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I asked them-- chatted with them on Facebook. To quote:

"barrel tenon will be the Savage 1-1/16"x 20 tpi thread"

-Stooxie
It would have been awesome if they could have made the action to accept Tikka prefit barrels as well.
 

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Nice group.
Sorry for the late response..... Federal Gold Medal Match 69SMK box ammo.

Developing handloads soon for varmint season and 100/200 local bench matches. 52/55/60g Berger Flat Base bullets, 55/60g Vmax, 5+ powders, and 4 primer options. Using once fired Norma brass.
 
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Lefty options? Being able to get anything off of the choose.tikka.fi site?
Selecting Handedness - Left here:
or here:
https://choose.tikka.fi/global
should get you a lot of options.

... at least on my Windows laptop I get lots of options.
 

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If Tikka would offer the CTR model in some magnum flavors they would crush it. Simple as a 7 rem mag or 300 win mag would suffice. Ever better offer something new like the 300 prc or 7 saum or even the noslers. Come on Tikka.
 
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Selecting Handedness - Left here:
or here:
https://choose.tikka.fi/global
should get you a lot of options.

... at least on my Windows laptop I get lots of options.
Yeah but how are you supposed to order it? I even called Beretta USA a couple months ago and they had no idea. I know exactly what I want just have no idea how to get it.
TFTT63FL115MTB https://choose.tikka.fi/usa/code/TFTT63FL115MTB

Edit: Just got off the phone with the Dallas Beretta flagship store and they can't even order it in. He says that they let him bring in special order (as in not normally imported) Sakos but not Tikkas.
 
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Has anyone chambered a tikka tac a1 in 6 dasher? Or used dasher in ctr mags?
 

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Yeah but how are you supposed to order it? I even called Beretta USA a couple months ago and they had no idea. I know exactly what I want just have no idea how to get it.
TFTT63FL115MTB https://choose.tikka.fi/usa/code/TFTT63FL115MTB

Edit: Just got off the phone with the Dallas Beretta flagship store and they can't even order it in. He says that they let him bring in special order (as in not normally imported) Sakos but not Tikkas.
Anything with MTB at the end is a non US stock number. At least that is what I was told by Euro Optic. Tikka's website has alot of non US order-able guns.
 

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Guys with Tikka factory 6.5CM barrels....
What are you finding/liking as far as OAL? Putting bullets close to the lands, or a jump?
I’m getting started reloading for the Tikka, and have worked up with a gage all the max OAL for my bullets where they touch the lands, and am surprised that the factory ammo I am shooting (well!) has quite a jump.
I know I need to try some different values and see for myself, but just curious what others have found on this.

thanks!
 

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Guys with Tikka factory 6.5CM barrels....
What are you finding/liking as far as OAL? Putting bullets close to the lands, or a jump?
I’m getting started reloading for the Tikka, and have worked up with a gage all the max OAL for my bullets where they touch the lands, and am surprised that the factory ammo I am shooting (well!) has quite a jump.
I know I need to try some different values and see for myself, but just curious what others have found on this.

thanks!
Depending very much the bullet you use.
Lapua 123gr Scenar COL 70,8mm, 2mm off the lands shoot very well, 0 3 MOA 100-meters 5-shot.
Sierra MK 140gr need to be just a tiny bit off the lands after it does work.
 

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Depending very much the bullet you use.
Lapua 123gr Scenar COL 70,8mm, 2mm off the lands shoot very well, 0 3 MOA 100-meters 5-shot.
Sierra MK 140gr need to be just a tiny bit off the lands after it does work.
Thanks!

I’m planning on Hornady 140 ELDM and 143 ELDX, also going to try Sierra Gameking Game Changer 130s.
Just need to put the time into the load development I guess!
 
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I have found that Lapua Scenar work very well on TAC A1 6.5CM.
123gr and 130gr L scenar too.
139gr Scenar i have not tested much yet.
Im selling my TAC A1, since i have one Tikka with custom barrel in 6.5CM, so i dont need 2 of these in this caliber.
 

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Guys with Tikka factory 6.5CM barrels....
What are you finding/liking as far as OAL? Putting bullets close to the lands, or a jump?
I’m getting started reloading for the Tikka, and have worked up with a gage all the max OAL for my bullets where they touch the lands, and am surprised that the factory ammo I am shooting (well!) has quite a jump.
I know I need to try some different values and see for myself, but just curious what others have found on this.

thanks!
I have been running all of my 140g / 142g bullets 0.020” off the lands just so I have that for consistency. between the different bullets. It’s a distance that I have used with other barrels and it seemed to work well.
I’m using non-binder plate MDT AICS mags, so I have the room for the increased OAL.
The Petersen SRP brass I’m using has a bit less case capacity, so loading long gives a little bit of capacity back.
 

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If Tikka would offer the CTR model in some magnum flavors they would crush it. Simple as a 7 rem mag or 300 win mag would suffice. Ever better offer something new like the 300 prc or 7 saum or even the noslers. Come on Tikka.
Not saying it'll never happen, but it'd require a big re-design by Tikka, the CTR magazine is the limiting factor, so a new longer CTR magazine.
Admittedly their are 300wm and 338lm magazines for the TRG42 that Tikka could copy, but I imagine most of the folk buying the TAC A1/CTR are more interested in the short action cartridges that dominate the PRS scene.

Tikka do produce magnum and short magnum versions of their Varmint and Super Varmint rifles, it's probably Beretta USA that just doesn't import them.

There is/was the counter on the Tikka website for the 20th of February, perhaps something will be announced then??
 

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Long time lurker on these forums first time posting, I am a Tikka fan as well. I'm in Canada so am automatically envious of most of your gun laws in the free states. Looking to get into PRS this year and also start contributing to these forums. Some pics below of a recent run at our local range.

Rifle is a TAC A1 in 308, load I am running in it is 43.5 grains of Varget in Lapua brass with CCI BR2 primers and 185 Grain Berger Juggernauts sitting 5 thou off the lands. Was previously running 15 thou off the lands and results were not as good as in the picture below. Muzzle brake is a Heathen from Insite Arms.

Planning a few more upgrades to the rifle including a Sterk AI style swept bolt handle and maybe a different chassis setup but undecided on that.

Edit - think I got pics working now....









 
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The Tikka went to the hunting camp this past weekend and performed admirably, as expected. View attachment 7231685View attachment 7231686

This was the first trip out with my Form 1 home built suppressor and I’m really impressed at how much it cut down the muzzle blast.
The kittykat was snacking on a dead 9 point whitetail buck that was in the wood line on the other side of the green field. One shot took all 9 lives and the does that were in the field didn’t even pick their heads up.
The new @MDT_OFFICIAL ACC Stock worked well, but the additional weight was noticeable compared to the Bravo I had the barreled action in previously. Between the extra weight and the suppressor, spotting the hit was easy.
My ACC is on the way. Glad to see the tikka MDT combo is a tack driver.
 

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Went from a whiskey 3 to a MPA Comp BA along with a new timmey 2 stage (my first two stage). Range trip with the new chassis and trigger was a success for sure shooting 0.3moa with factory loads. Definitely not getting rid of this thing for awhile
Why did you switch from the W3? I’ve been curious about dropping my CTR in one as it’s in a Bravo right now (which I like a lot).
 

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Factory 260rem Tikka barrel had counterclokwise spiral fluting.
It took off 200g of the weight, bolt had also deeper cut spiral fluting.
Next stop to cerakote.
Barrelled action is gonna have OD green color and panels we still thinking of 2 choices.

http://instagr.am/p/B7trRPbJtAQ/
 

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Finally got the CTR all set up and ready to go.
looks to be quite the shooter with factory 140 ELDM. Liking the Ares ETR and am ready to stretch its legs a bit now.
At which velocities or with which load do you run the 140 ELD-M?
 

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My ACC is on the way. Glad to see the tikka MDT combo is a tack driver.
The adjustability is the biggest difference over the Bravo that the barred action was in.
The ability to make minute adjustments to the cheek riser to get your eye dead square in the scope eye box every time is much improved over the Bravo. Then the adjustments to the buttpad and LOP that aren’t spacer based.
Add in the integrated ARCA rail and all the M-Loc slots allow a lot of flexibility.
Once you use a bipod / clamp on an ARCA rail you’ll understand why it’s become such a popular system.
 

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Why did you switch from the W3? I’ve been curious about dropping my CTR in one as it’s in a Bravo right now (which I like a lot).
Well initially I was going to put it in a matrix as MPA had just released it but they wouldn’t email me back with a lead time and I had just sold the w-3 to fund that. I went with a mpa comp ba from another hide member. All in all I just wanted to try something different. I have zero complaints about the W-3 and would definitely own another one.
 

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The adjustability is the biggest difference over the Bravo that the barred action was in.
The ability to make minute adjustments to the cheek riser to get your eye dead square in the scope eye box every time is much improved over the Bravo. Then the adjustments to the buttpad and LOP that aren’t spacer based.
Add in the integrated ARCA rail and all the M-Loc slots allow a lot of flexibility.
Once you use a bipod / clamp on an ARCA rail you’ll understand why it’s become such a popular system.
That was the main reason I bit the bullet and went with this chassis. The bravo is such a compelling buy at the price. But It’s nice to have the MDT purchase validated. The worst part is waiting for all the stuff to get here to complete the build.
 

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Has anyone chambered a tikka tac a1 in 6 dasher? Or used dasher in ctr mags?
I tried to feed some of my 22BR rounds out of my CTR magazines. It would need a custom follower and spacer kit. I went with AICS for CTR inlet Mountain Tactical bottom metal and use the MDT 12 found mags made for BR/Dasher and the same mags with kits in them.
 
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Anyone here ever seen velocities in the 2800's from a factory CTR 24" with factory 140 ELD-M?

Reason i ask is i'm going back through the data to start working on ballistic tables. From sighting in mine last week the recorded velocities we were getting averaged 2870fps and that seems to be significantly faster than what i've read about 140's out of a factory tikka barrel.

Obviously i'll have to go shoot more at distance to work it out... but was just curious.
I have been getting around 2860 fps with the 143 ELD-X which should be nearly the same as the 140 M's. Using 43g. of RL16 with no pressure signs. Laupua brass and CCI 450 mg. primers. Mine is not a CTR but a Tac A1 which I believe is the same set up.
 
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So talking with triggertech rep @shotshow said they are looking to expanding their triggers and may be coming up with a tikka trigger
Booth at Precision Rifle Expo told me one was coming. Soon.

I have 3 tikka and will be ordering 3 diamonds when available.
 
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Thanks!

I’m planning on Hornady 140 ELDM and 143 ELDX, also going to try Sierra Gameking Game Changer 130s.
Just need to put the time into the load development I guess!
I was loading my 143ELDX load with a OAL of 2.825” for my Tac A1. Played around with OAL and everything around the above length shot really well.
 

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Tikka T3 ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE WARNING. -Tikka T3 factory trigger.
Wondering if anyone has experienced this before. It just happened to me this weekend and I wanted to owners to know.
I had a live accidental discharge while hunting.


After taking this stock apart and looking at it closer the allen screw that holds the trigger mechanism to the action had slightly come loose which then allowed the safety to move enough to somehow engage the sear. Just wanted to throw this out there, not sure anyone has run across it before, but owners and Tikka should definitely know this could happen and luckily this time the bullet went into the ground and not somebody or something unintentionally.
 

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Tikka T3 ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE WARNING. -Tikka T3 factory trigger.
Wondering if anyone has experienced this before. It just happened to me this weekend and I wanted to owners to know.
I had a live accidental discharge while hunting.


After taking this stock apart and looking at it closer the allen screw that holds the trigger mechanism to the action had slightly come loose which then allowed the safety to move enough to somehow engage the sear. Just wanted to throw this out there, not sure anyone has run across it before, but owners and Tikka should definitely know this could happen and luckily this time the bullet went into the ground and not somebody or something unintentionally.
Thats a large bolt that holds the trigger assembly in place and is very tight from the factory. Did you put in a lighter trigger spring and fail to tighten the hell out of the bolt like it comes from the factory? I will probably put some blue loctite on mine the next time I pull the action out of the stock just to be sure but I cranked on it pretty good. You wont strip it as it is a large allen head.

The pins that hold a Rem trigger in place seems to make this less likely to happen.
 

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Thank you for sharing this with us @Rich Emmons
Safety is most important

If my understanding is correct, what it looks like is:
If the trigger assembly is loose on the bottom of the action, pressing down on the safety button / lever will move the assembly enough to disengage the sear in the trigger from the cocking piece, allowing the firing pin to travel forward, firing the cartridge in the camber ( If loaded with a live round )
Looks like a loose fastener issue more than a structural or design issue.
Looks like this need to be checked every time the barreled action is out and loctite isn't a bad idea on that bolt.