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My first tikka and I'm hooked!

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It now wears an IOR Valdada 3-18 and Atlas bipod.

Just got it this week so I've yet to shoot it.


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I have fell for the feel of the KRG Bravo. I put my REM 700 with Krieger barrel into one and found a comfortable groove. Now I thinking of moving my T3X TAC A1 into one. KRG website says the trigger guard may need fitting with the TAC. Anyone know what that fitting may be? Anyone know what the TAC chassis would be worth? Would the Tikka still use the ASIC mag?
 

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I have fell for the feel of the KRG Bravo. I put my REM 700 with Krieger barrel into one and found a comfortable groove. Now I thinking of moving my T3X TAC A1 into one. KRG website says the trigger guard may need fitting with the TAC. Anyone know what that fitting may be? Anyone know what the TAC chassis would be worth? Would the Tikka still use the ASIC mag?
I think the newer Bravos have no issues with the Tac A1 trigger. I bought one a few months ago and it fit without modification. They do use the AICS mags, but they just announced a version that will work with the CTR mags for those who don’t like reliable feeding ;)
 

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I think the newer Bravos have no issues with the Tac A1 trigger. I bought one a few months ago and it fit without modification. They do use the AICS mags, but they just announced a version that will work with the CTR mags for those who don’t like reliable feeding ;)
Did you sell your TAC chassis? I
 

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That was a good ace from the sleeve by KRG.
But would it be even better, if KRG had a chassis, that can use Tikka CTR bottom metal too, it would save money from KRG too, not need to make as much metal parts for the chassis, but im not sure would it be possible to make it.
 
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I think the newer Bravos have no issues with the Tac A1 trigger. I bought one a few months ago and it fit without modification. They do use the AICS mags, but they just announced a version that will work with the CTR mags for those who don’t like reliable feeding ;)
I see what you did there. Stirring the pot. 😂 A 60 second spring bend and they feed 100% and almost too smooth to a fault. Cant tell if you pick up a round.

Some guys call the plumber to unstop there toilet. If you are that guy then bending a spring may be too much to tackle. 😉
 
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Took my 6.5cm 24" CTR to the range for the second time yesterday. On the first trip, I put fifty rounds of Hornady American Gunner 140gr HPBT through it and another twenty rounds of Hornady 140gr ELD-M. After the first twenty rounds or so, I was right around 1/2moa for the rest of the day at 100yds and 3/4moa at 200yds.

Yesterday I took three boxes of Hornady 147gr ELD-M to the range and was 1/4moa wider in my 5-round groups than what I got out of the 140's. So, seeing that my gun prefers the 140's over the 147's, I'd be very interested in hearing what "factory" round you guys have found to run best in your 6.5cm CTR's in terms of group and performance out to 800 yards?

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I see what you did there. Stirring the pot. 😂 A 60 second spring bend and they feed 100% and almost too smooth to a fault. Cant tell if you pick up a round.

Some guys call the plumber to unstop there toilet. If you are that guy then bending a spring may be too much to tackle. 😉
Yep, I tried that and bending the mag catch. Nothing worked for me. I’m glad they work for others, and I love the new setup in the Bravo with AICS mags.
 

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My son filled an anterless tag with my 20" CTR Friday night. We were packing up to leave and I was showing him how clear the Minox ZP5 was compared to his Athlon Helos, and I saw this deer walking towards us at 250 yards or so. He got prone on his rifle, but couldn't see good enough for a shot. I had him get behind my rifle while I ranged it, and he made the shot at 240 yards standing off the tripod. 140 grain ELDM did the job on the quartering torwards us shot. Took out one lung and didn't exit, insides were mush. I re-zeroed with the 130 Prime on Saturday as I prefer 2 holes and it has done that on much bigger deer than this one.
 

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Took my 6.5cm 24" CTR to the range for the second time yesterday. On the first trip, I put fifty rounds of Hornady American Gunner 140gr HPBT through it and another twenty rounds of Hornady 140gr ELD-M. After the first twenty rounds or so, I was right around 1/2moa for the rest of the day at 100yds and 3/4moa at 200yds.

Yesterday I took three boxes of Hornady 147gr ELD-M to the range and was 1/4moa wider in my 5-round groups than what I got out of the 140's. So, seeing that my gun prefers the 140's over the 147's, I'd be very interested in hearing what "factory" round you guys have found to run best in your 6.5cm CTR's in terms of group and performance out to 800 yards?

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You already answered your own question and the round is proben in your rifle. Stick with the 70 cent per round american gunner. I use it out to 900 yards with no issues.
 
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I think the newer Bravos have no issues with the Tac A1 trigger. I bought one a few months ago and it fit without modification. They do use the AICS mags, but they just announced a version that will work with the CTR mags for those who don’t like reliable feeding ;)
But then could you could use different bottom metal and have MDT LA tikka mags :)
 

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You already answered your own question and the round is proben in your rifle. Stick with the 70 cent per round american gunner. I use it out to 900 yards with no issues.
But I haven't really. Yes, I've found the 140's do better in my gun over the 147's but, what about the FGMM 130's or the 120gr ELDM? Just curious if others have found these to do well; especially over the heavier rounds. I don't mind buying a box of several different rounds to test but, if any of them are known to not do well, I'd rather not waste the time and money.

I agree the American Gunner is a winner for the price. I have not tried it at distance so good to hear it does well.

Bob
 

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First dedicated "precision" build!

Already own one T3 in 30-06 as my general hunting rifle, so I knew what good rifles these can be.

Started life as a .270 Win, I picked up off the used gun rack. Immediately started amassing parts and pieces, and finally received and had the barrel installed from the fine folks down at Mile High. Looking forward to getting this thing out on the range and zeroed soon.

Standard T3 action
Mountain Tactical 20 MOA rail
Mountain tactical trigger spring
Vortex Viper PST gen 2 5-25
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Preferred Barrel Blanks 24" 6.5 Creed 1-8tw
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KRG Bravo
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The Tikka did what it does best on a hunting trip this past weekend.
A Blackbuck Antelope and Whitetail doe were one shot - DRT at 180 and 230 yards
A red deer standing broadside at 218 yards was hit in the back of the near shoulder, thru both lungs and into the offside shoulder.
He was still standing, so a second round hit at the back of the rib cage finalized the process.
 

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May be a little difficult to get them here by the weekend😂

Those sterk handles are super nice though! I just find myself gravitating back towards the ctr handles a lot though. I just like the way they run for me
They dont call us a Flying Finns with out a reason :D
Jeah, no how they are in the US end of this week, but if some one is interested, i can sell my CTR handles.
 

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Latest tikka parts, MT bottom metal and billet mag. If this feeds as nice as it looks I’ll be happy.
 
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Can someone confirm if this is the older model KRG cheek piece? It’s pretty stiff and I’m told the overmolded one has some give. Before I order it I wanted to make sure I don’t already have it

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Moved my Tikka to a MDT ACC. Still haven't shot it yet, but I loved my T1X so much in it that I sold both my Bravos and went to MDT's. They're heavy, so only use if it's specifically for PRS. Would not take this hunting. I almost kept the Bravo as a backup Hunting stock.

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Moved my Tikka to a MDT ACC. Still haven't shot it yet, but I loved my T1X so much in it that I sold both my Bravos and went to MDT's. They're heavy, so only use if it's specifically for PRS. Would not take this hunting. I almost kept the Bravo as a backup Hunting stock.

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What about the MDT makes it better than the Bravo?
Did you consider a KRG Whiskey or Xray?

I'm thinking of giving a chassis a shot, but there are so many choices it's hard to know where to start.
 
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The main thing for me was around the grip. I really like the MDT vertical grip with a tiny thumb shelf. Makes it much more comfortable to grip for me than the Bravo. The more pronounced mag well / barricade stop is nice as well. That's really about it. Everything else about the Bravo can be modified to get there -

$68 for an arca rail
$68 for the adjustable buttpiece
But unless I file down the grip and make it fit me better, not much can be done there.

It matches my T1X as well.

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What lightweight stocks are available these days? The lightest one I've found is the Iota Kremlin and the Mesa but it says they only make 30 a month and I want it now!
 
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What lightweight stocks are available these days? The lightest one I've found is the Iota Kremlin and the Mesa but it says they only make 30 a month and I want it now!
Redhawk Rifles carries the Mesa Stock now, so if you are looking for one with a lite barrel contour and factory bottom metal, you can get it in a matter of a few days.
 

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The main thing for me was around the grip. I really like the MDT vertical grip with a tiny thumb shelf. Makes it much more comfortable to grip for me than the Bravo. The more pronounced mag well / barricade stop is nice as well. That's really about it. Everything else about the Bravo can be modified to get there -

$68 for an arca rail
$68 for the adjustable buttpiece
But unless I file down the grip and make it fit me better, not much can be done there.

It matches my T1X as well.

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The longer ARCA rail is a huge bonus too. I will have one for my match rifle eventually.
 

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What about the MDT makes it better than the Bravo?
Did you consider a KRG Whiskey or Xray?

I'm thinking of giving a chassis a shot, but there are so many choices it's hard to know where to start.
So I have now a bravo (thanks to @littlepod 👍🏼) and have had a whiskey 3 for a few months and either one of those is a great option depending on what you want to spend. Both offer adjustability, stability, look great, offer tons of mounting points for different things.
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The longer ARCA rail is a huge bonus too. I will have one for my match rifle eventually.
I haven't gotten used to the longer arca rail. I don't run my bipod all the way up in the front, it just feels weird using it that far up. I guess I shot the Bravo for so long that I like the fulcrum point right at the end of what the Bravo was offering. I need to look up why I would want to run the Bipod so far up compared to slightly back.

I like the weight/balance of the MDT though.
 

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I haven't gotten used to the longer arca rail. I don't run my bipod all the way up in the front, it just feels weird using it that far up. I guess I shot the Bravo for so long that I like the fulcrum point right at the end of what the Bravo was offering. I need to look up why I would want to run the Bipod so far up compared to slightly back.

I like the weight/balance of the MDT though.
I have a spigot on my X-Ray that I definately would never need (and couldn't reach if they made one) on the ACC. Don't know that I would ever run it that far out, but on some of the stages with large tractor tires it might come in handy.
 
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I have a spigot on my X-Ray that I definately would never need (and couldn't reach if they made one) on the ACC. Don't know that I would ever run it that far out, but on some of the stages with large tractor tires it might come in handy.
Okay that makes sense :) I definitely like Arca... On the 55 gallon barrel stages I have the bipod run perfectly to line up with the barrel edges & my bag rider to create a super stable platform.
 
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I assembled my first FrankenTikka today out of parts I had. Wanted to relay a few things:

1. Using a stainless .223 T3x Lite as a donor rifle, removing the barrel was a piece of cake. I was actually disappointed when the thing came off without any problems. Had my eye and ear protection on, 4 pound hammer in hand and was ready to give the action wrench a good smack. I did a half-assed test hit and the thing spun right off.

2. The threads were thoughtfully coated in some kind of anti-seize grease.

3. I spun on a spare 20" 7mm-08 Tikka barrel I had laying around. It tightened up with the caliber lettering landing in exactly the right spot. Checked witih Forster headspace gauges-- perfect. Bolt closed on the GO, wouldn't close on the NO-GO.

4. Dropped it in a CTR stock and torqued it up. Feeds and ejects perfectly.

This shit is Legos for adults. Stuff just snaps together and works great.

Below is how I remove the barrel. I grab the barrel where the taper flattens out and then support it with a 1x1. That takes the flex out of the system. Using a Wheeler #1 action wrench clamped on the flats, 90 degrees perpendicular to the 1x1, give a good whack (or half assed whack) with the hammer and it's done. Three sheets of copy paper grip the barrel and leave zero markings.

Build away, ladies and gents! It's fun!

(Anyone want the barrel?)

ETA: Yes, I had a spare 308 bolt as well. I'll keep the 223 one incase I want to make another 6.8 SPC Tikka.

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For all you running KRG setups what brand AICS mags are you running? Thinking of just getting some of the KRG branded mags when I grab the chassis but am curious if there are other better choices or not