Tikka T3x Tac A1

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  1. farmer44

    farmer44 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Picking up a Tikka T3x Tac A1 in 6.5 Creedmoor and was wondering if anyone has any experience or input with this model
     
  2. shoot4fun

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    I have had one for about four months but, sadly, have put few rounds down range with it. In what time I have spent shooting it I can say so far so good. I have done no load work-up (just shooting stuff I had loaded for other rifles) but it is showing very good accuracy.
    I like the chassis and the MLOK fore end, the smoothness of the action, overall fit & finish, folding butt, two-stage trigger and 5/8x24 threaded muzzle (big deal since most Tikka/Sako are metric). I also like the magazine design; well made and function flawlessly. Also, they are shipped with two.
    Things I don't like are minimal. I don't like that when the butt is folded it clanks against the side of the chassis but a small piece of velcro loop fixed that. I also don't like the price of magazines. They are $149 each! That was minimized somewhat by the rebate that gave a free one. Also, when I ordered the free one off the Berettta web store they allowed me to buy another for $99.
     
  3. farmer44

    farmer44 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Interesting I did see a article about the stock hitting seems to be an issue.
     
  4. Zero333

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    You made a good purchase.
    You'll be happy.
    I don't have this Tikka model but you can't go wrong with any Tikka. They always shoot.

    I too wonder why they didn't go with AICS bottom metal since that's what everyone with these types of chassis rifles uses and likes.
    I'm sure they lost more than a few sales because of the magazine compatibility.
     
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  5. farmer44

    farmer44 Silver $$ Contributor

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    I am told they come wit two mags and when you register it you get another so a total of 3 which is more than enough for me. I will be shooting it single shot anyway.
     
  6. dickn52

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    Model yes. Mine was .223 and worked and shot lights out. Nicest out of the box rifle I've ever owned.
     
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    That's the same magazine as the CTR right? Get the CTR magazines from Eurooptic, $82, I got an extra 1 through them. Would love to get a trigger from the A1 but with Timney now releasing a 2 stage, I'll just go with them.
     
  9. farmer44

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    Not sure on the mag but 3 will be more than enough for me
     
  10. TikkaTinker

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    I own a 308 model with a 24" barrel.
    Bought some Lapua factory loads and walked it out to 900 yards. I hit a 12" steel plate consistently @ 900 yards first time out to the range. I am very happy with it.

    However, as others stated, when the stock is collapsed, there is some metal on metal contact which is not a deal breaker for me.

    Regarding magazines, Beretta had a "buy 2 magazines get one free" offer a week ago. I am not sure if the offer is still valid.

    As far as the O MOA rail goes, I wish it had a 10 or 20 MOA rail installed from the factory. I have been unsuccessful in finding a direct reaplacement for the TAC A1 model. If you decide to remove your rail, be careful and patient. The factory applied epoxy to the receiver in two locations on my unit. The epoxy worked its way into the 6/48 threads and hardened once the rail and screws were installed. I ended up stripping 1 out of the 5 screws. Also, keep in mind there is a 5mm bolt that goes into the front of the factory rail. In order to get access to this bolt, remove the 2 bolts in the forend, and slide it off the barrel.
     
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  11. farmer44

    farmer44 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Thanks for the input I did purchase one in the 6.5 Creedmoor and I am very happy with it. I also found the screws a pain to get out when I removed the stock but other than that it seems fine. I am waiting for the weather to break back east here and do some load development.
     
  12. walker2713

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    farmer44: I ordered one recently and it's being delivered to my FFL on Monday. I've already picked up the dies, bullets, powder, etc.etc. and am really looking forward to it. I plan to shoot it in "factory" class at our club at 300 and 600 yard benchrest matches.

    I'll be interested in your load development.

    I'm going to start off next week using Hodgdon's online reloading data, some Hornady 143gr ELDX bullets, Lapua brass and CCI450 primers. I've also got a couple of pounds of IMR4451 I plan to try. Next time I get to the place around here where they carry a lot of powder I hope to find some RL26. I've also ordered 200 of the Berger 140gr Target Hybrid bullets.

    Best,

    George
     
  13. spife7980

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    Sure is and they even extended it a year until 2019 http://www.tikka.fi/en-us/freemag
     
  14. farmer44

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    Hello walker2713 I am using 123 gr eld. I will check my load info later today when I get out to the shop. Sorry for the delay but we got hit with a hell of a storm up here in the North East.
     
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    No problem...I heard about it...hope all turns out OK. We live in LA, so have some experience with bad storms! :(

    I've got two boxes of 123 gr A-Maxes, and was thinking about giving them a try....

    George
     
  16. farmer44

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    I’m using 38.8 grains of Varget working well so far but check you’re manuel good luck
     
  17. TikkaTinker

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    UPDATE: I wanted to post some pictures which may help anyone considering taking off the rail on a Tikka T3X TAC A1. Note: the factory applied expoxy has since been removed. I will post pictures ASAP once I receive my custom made 20MOA rail comes in!
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  18. TikkaTinker

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    Installed my custom made 20 MOA rail. As you can see, there is less than 1/8" clearance between the front flip cap and the forend rail.
    Possibly could get away with 1 3/8" rings but flip cap modification would be req'd. Specs: 30mm tube, 56mm objective, 1.50" rings, 19" scope length end to end.
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    I have a close buddy that bought one for long range shooting. I have fired it 3 times at 350 yds and like it very much! To be clear it is a sub 1/2 moa with prime factory ammo rifle. He has been working up a Hornady 143 eldx and H4350 for a couple months. His goal is to make a standard load for hunting.
    He has worked on loads with those two variables to the tune of 300 rounds.
    He just can’t narrow it down. I think he should expand his focus, to include other bullets, but he just wants a bucket of good hunting rounds. Understand that his groups are about 1/2 moa.

    Anyway, the tikka tac a1 is awesome .
     

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