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VictorMatchlessKing

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New Tikka .308
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:46:46 pm »
I am not a super sharp target shooter and have done little hunting with a rifle.  I have no good reason to offer why I bought a new Tikka in .308 except I want to start and learn how to rifle shoot and hunt game with a rifle.  I found a new Tikka with some really nice wood and from what I read the Tikka is a fine rifle (a low end Sako I guess).  I selected a Bushnell 6500 Elite 4.5-30x50.  Since I lack experience I will ask a Mr. haven't go a clue question. Would someone offer some guidance for breaking in this rifle?  From reading on this site I have found out that heat will destroy accuracy, with that being said how long should I go between shots during my first breaking in period, and if I heat the barrel to much will that damage it?  Is there a way to measure maximum barrel heat besides burning you self by touching the barrel for to much heat between shots?  Any information from knowledgeable shooters would be appreciate!

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    Re: New Tikka .308
    « Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 08:49:58 pm »
    The Tikka T3 is not a low end rifle... Not at all.  Very nice choice.  Other Tikkas are even better.  Not sure which one you got - but all of them are fine rifles.
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    Re: New Tikka .308
    « Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 09:26:54 pm »
    Barrels do not need a "break in". If the barrel is rough it might shoot more consistent after a few rounds down the pipe is about all that MIGHT happen/matter.

    If you are a decent shot. Most guns will tell you when their barrel is too hot by having groups open up. Most of the Tikkas I have seen shoot better than the fellow behind the trigger.

    If you are new to rifles shoot it a bunch, and do not clean it too often. Most folks hurt their rifle more cleaning the barrel than help it.

    If you plan to hunt be sure and keep a notebook to record your 'cold bore' shot(first shot of the day with the rifle), and if it impacts significantly different than the 'hot bore' shots. Use that same notebook to note if your dirty bore shots impact differently than your clean bore shots. If your rifle is wood stocked you might wanna note relative humidity and temp for the day as well. Some wood stocks can swell/shrink and cause different impact points.

    The main thing is to shoot as much as you can and find the ammo the rifle likes.

    I have found with shooting for accuracy it is nearly always the Indian needing work to be more accurate and not the arrow. Many modern rifles are quite a bit more accurate bone stock than the fellows yanking the trigger.
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    Re: New Tikka .308
    « Reply #3 on: February 17, 2014, 10:57:24 am »

    I own a Tikka T3. Beautiful rifle, I got a custom muzzle break for dirt cheap for it. I need to throw a better scope on it, but held off due to .308 prices.
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    Re: New Tikka .308
    « Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 07:18:18 pm »
    Thank you very much for your expertise!  I have the T3 model.  I appreciate your comments, and I believe you are correct this Tikka is much better than I will every be, again thank you all for your help!

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    Re: New Tikka .308
    « Reply #5 on: February 19, 2014, 10:28:21 pm »
    Tikka T3 is a fine rifle.

    Bushnell Elite 6500 is a VERY nice scope.

    However, IMHO the 4.5x30 does not align with the Tikka T3.  The Tikka is a hunting rifle, the 4.5-30x50mm is a long range precision scope more in line with a varminter rifle or a benchrest rifle.  Big magnification sounds good but in actuality it is a handicap.  Your field of view is miniscule, and every small wobble you make is magnified 30 times. 

    Additionally the scope tube is big, as is the bell, which requires a higher mounting.  The Tikka stock does not have a raised cheek piece which is a real boon with a high mounted scope. 

    Now, you are a bit lucky in that most scopes with x30 zoom don't have a low end that is 4.5, generally they are 8-32x50mm which would be a real problem.  Things to consider: 

    1. get a strap on cheek piece, and keep the scope cranked low  (http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/stock-forend-parts/butt-plate-parts/cheek-pieces-amp-palm-swells/index.htm)

    2. Grab an after-market stock that has raised cheek piece, but is otherwise a basic hunting stock, and keep the scope cranked low

    3. Pick up a lower magnification scope and mount if for learning and hunting - may still want to do 1. or 2.

    4. get a benchrest/tactical type highly adjustable stock and bull barrel for the gun and commit to making it more of a precision gun...and then in 3 years re-evaluate and get a different stock, trigger, barrel, and scope.  Of course at that point you'll know what works best for you

    Obviously 1 is the cheap alternative and 4 is the big dollar alternative.

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