Tikka Shouldered Prefit Barrel vs Tikka Prefit Barrel - Barrel Nut

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One is shouldered, just like the factory. The other is a barrel nut, like a Savage.
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So I guess the shouldered pre-fit would be make it easier to install and the barrel nut one needs to take care of headspace etc.?
 

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Easier? It depends. The shouldered install is more dumb dumb, but you’re gonna need an action wrench. The nut install would just need that sheetmetal wrench shown, along with a 1/2” drive torque wrench or breaker bar.
 

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Easier? It depends. The shouldered install is more dumb dumb, but you’re gonna need an action wrench. The nut install would just need that sheetmetal wrench shown, along with a 1/2” drive torque wrench or breaker bar.
Thank you.

Will check youtube for different uninstall/install procedures.
 

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Looks like a typo since the shouldered listing still has a barrel nut option.

Is anyone else offering shouldered barrels for factory Tikka actions?
 

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Right now, it seems like PVA has a longer lead time ( It's good to be Busy ) than some of the other barrel vendors.
This will give you plenty of time to pick up the tools and headspace gauge(s) for the barrel swap.
 
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To remove the factory barrel, you will most need an action wrench (wrapped or rear entry) and barrel vise anyway, and the same tools can be used to install the shouldered barrel.

With barrel nut version, in addition you will need headspace gauges.
 

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You should have ordered your barrel from PVA before you knew that you wanted one so by the time you do decide you actually want one you will only have another year to wait for it.
I've been told by the distributor, it only takes about 2-3 months time, 4 months max to order average spec one from PVA. Placed my order end of Jan, early Feb, ETA is around end of April.
 

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Looks like a typo since the shouldered listing still has a barrel nut option.

Is anyone else offering shouldered barrels for factory Tikka actions?
Keystone Accuracy

My buddy dropped his off to have a new shouldered barrel installed yesterday. Super fast turn around too.

I know a lot of guys had to have their factory Tikka barrels cut off and relief cut made to get them off the action so a new barrel could be installed. Just an fyi. Luckily that only has to be done once then you can install customs all you want.
 

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I've been told by the distributor, it only takes about 2-3 months time, 4 months max to order average spec one from PVA. Placed my order end of Jan, early Feb, ETA is around end of April.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

In three more months you will probably join the PVA where the hell is my order and why wont you answer my call or call me back because my lead time is already three times what you quoted me thread. There are several going on at this time. Pick one and join in. 😂
 
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Keystone Accuracy

My buddy dropped his off to have a new shouldered barrel installed yesterday. Super fast turn around too.

I know a lot of guys had to have their factory Tikka barrels cut off and relief cut made to get them off the action so a new barrel could be installed. Just an fyi. Luckily that only has to be done once then you can install customs all you want.
Im going to try and pull mine myself but if I have trouble I may have to send it off. If Keystone has a relatively quick turn around i may try em out.
 

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

In three more months you will probably join the PVA where the hell is my order and why wont you answer my call or call me back because my lead time is already three times what you quoted me thread. There are several going on at this time. Pick one and join in. 😂
Now now let’s not be cynical. People need to experience this to know.

But I do think a year+ lead time for stuff not on the shelf currently at PVA is a bit on the optimistic side. Heck even stuff “on the shelf” I’ve waited for like a month plus lol.
 

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Keystone Accuracy

My buddy dropped his off to have a new shouldered barrel installed yesterday. Super fast turn around too.

I know a lot of guys had to have their factory Tikka barrels cut off and relief cut made to get them off the action so a new barrel could be installed. Just an fyi. Luckily that only has to be done once then you can install customs all you want.
Had to make a relief cut in my CTR that had over 2500 rounds on it to get ot broke loose. I tweaked my PVA inside action wrench tring to get it loose. On my latest action, I clamped the stripped action in my bench vise barrel down and soaked it with Kroil for two weeks. It came loose with the inside wrench.

I have the PMA Tools vise and it works with a couple of business cards and some rosin. Get a go gauge and use some scotch tape on the base for a no-go. I have a BugNut barrel and a factory 20" CTR barrel that I swap on my CTR to make it shorter and lighter for hunting suppressed.
 

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My tikka was on incredibly tight. Used a barrel vice and an around action wrench. Still needed about a 40" breaker bar(26" 6.5 WSM barrel on the wrench handle) and a 200lb man.
 

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On my CTR, I just chucked it up in the lathe and made a relief cut next to the receiver face (I didn't want to screw around with it). It came off with almost hand force using a machinist's vise on the sides as an "action wrench" (this way I didn't have to remove the pic rail).
 
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My tikka was on incredibly tight. Used a barrel vice and an around action wrench. Still needed about a 40" breaker bar(26" 6.5 WSM barrel on the wrench handle) and a 200lb man.
On my CTR, I just chucked it up in the lathe and made a relief cut next to the receiver face (I didn't want to screw around with it). It came off with almost hand force using a machinist's vise on the sides as an "action wrench" (this way I didn't have to remove the pic rail).
I removed barrels from three Tikkas a few weeks ago. It took nothing more than a whack with the palm of my hand on the action wrench. It was the same for all three. I was ready for war from all I read and it took no effort.
 
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My CTR was from the first imported shipment; it was on friggin tight. Perhaps Tikka is listening and not torquing them on quite so tight these days...
 
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My CTR was from the first imported shipment; it was on friggin tight. Perhaps Tikka is listening and not torquing them on quite so tight these days...
Could be. All three of mine were t3x. Two ctrs and one lite.
 

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You need to send your Tikka action to the smith to get a shouldered barrel. Save yourself some headache and send your action to MHSA and get them to spin you up shouldered barrel.
 

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You need to send your Tikka action to the smith to get a shouldered barrel. Save yourself some headache and send your action to MHSA and get them to spin you up shouldered barrel.
save others the headache and money and dont post stupid shit
 
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I believe Proof also makes shouldered pre-fits for Tikka rifles.
They do....was just on their site recently. Couple of different profiles too. They refer to one as the TAC-A1 (I think that's what they call it), bigger diameter than the other. Says a lot about Tikka as a manufacturer that their stock actions are consistent enough that a shouldered prefit is an option.
 

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Dang you must have skipped over everything in this thread if you think your first statement is true. Lol
How do you figure? I’ve seen what’s advertised, but all the smiths I’ve talked to need the specs of the action to spin up a shouldered barrel. Action to action the specs are not as tight on a Tikka T3 as a big horn action or other custom actions that you can just order a shouldered prefit for.
 

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How do you figure? All the smiths I’ve talked to need the specs of the action to spin up a shouldered barrel. Action to action the specs are not as tight on a Tikka T3 as a big horn action or other custom actions that you can just order a shouldered prefit for.
several very well respected gunsmiths and barrel makers would disagree with who ever you talked to

you ABSOLUTELY can order a tikka shouldered prefit
 

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Sorry about your headache, and all the money reading that caused you. 😆😆
no. it's someone else who think they need to send their tikka off versus ordering a shouldered prefit from a qualified smith
 

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My CTR was from the first imported shipment; it was on friggin tight. Perhaps Tikka is listening and not torquing them on quite so tight these days...
Mine was too. Two 230+lbs men using a rear entry action wrench and a lot of cuss words were used to get that factory barrel off. Maybe the gorilla they had retired?
 
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Don’t know any smiths that charges anything to get the specs of an action before spinning up a barrel.
your first post said 'need to send action to smith' which is not a required step. money being shipping/insurance
 

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your first post said 'need to send action to smith' which is not a required step. money being shipping/insurance
Not trying to argue with you, and not saying the barrels are dangerous. I just find it odd that all these companies selling shouldered prefits now, six months ago required you to send your Tikka t3/T3x action to them. A lot of great smiths still need to get the specs of your t3/T3x to spin you up a shouldered barrel.
 

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Not trying to argue with you, and not saying the barrels are dangerous. I just find it odd that all these companies selling shouldered prefits now, six months ago required you to send your Tikka t3/T3x action to them. A lot of great smiths still need to get the specs of your t3/T3x to spin you up a shouldered barrel.
my smith has my TL3 to measure it. though obviously not necessary

measure enough and find theyre the same and that changes. before the CTR i doubt many tikka got rebarreled. they're hunting rifles. start shooting out CTRs and smiths get their hands on them
 
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Not trying to argue with you, and not saying the barrels are dangerous. I just find it odd that all these companies selling shouldered prefits now, six months ago required you to send your Tikka t3/T3x action to them. A lot of great smiths still need to get the specs of your t3/T3x to spin you up a shouldered barrel.
PVA said they had measured like at least a hundred tikkas before they were comfortable to make a shouldered prefit but they no longer had the concerns after an adequate sampling.
Your smaller time smith may not see enough quantity to draw his same conclusions.


Edit: McGowen/carbon six told me the same thing. Though it is opposite their reputation Ruger m77 are consistent enough that mcgowen offers shouldered barrels for them too. They do make a note that you should check it before firing and possibly have to remove a bit of material but the vast majority are just fine between the min and max headspace specs.
 
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