Tikka for hunting? Thoughts in general

Joined
Oct 28, 2018
Messages
4,844
Reaction score
8,772
Location
Wyong new south Wales Australia
Media
8
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
SSAA
Hunted
Australia
@Bob Nelson 35Whelan
I’ll be hard to catch today a couple of appts before I travel for work.
I went with 34 gn 2208 same as the last load. The rifle hasn’t been out in a while but she went ok last time. Targets and foxes
I hope she gets onto a pig with it to see how it goes.
I know your dislike for the cartridge and projectile. Coming from the 20” Barrel May be a handicap
I’m hoping the projectile is not all bad, I have a few boxes purchased in my travels.
These are the 95gn Hunting projectile not Varmint
I’ve used Nosler 55gn Varmint in my 26” barrelled .223 with great success including head shooting of pigs.
To date no issues with Nosler but always listening, observing and learning.
CBH
Chris you haven't chosen the best powder for the 243. Your load is probably only turning up 2600 fps out of that short barrel plus it's max load.
I would try AR2209 or AR2213Sc, both these powders should give close to 3,000fps.
Try a 44gn to a max of 47.5 of 2213Sc. The max should give 3,200 fps in a 22 inch barrel.
39 to 42 gn of 2209. Max load should give 3,100fps in a 22inch barrel. If your rifle is a Tikka t3 expect lover velocity than the book. 2 people I know and have chronoed loads for in the t3 were getting just over 2,800fps with max load and the 87gn hornaday VMax.
Have fun working up loads mate.
 

Newby

AH veteran
Joined
Oct 22, 2019
Messages
141
Reaction score
265
Location
Australia
Hunted
Australia, New Zealand, North America, UK, Central Asia
From what I have read the general opinion seems to be that the ejection problem was only with the early production 85s. Do you disagree?

Sorry, I cant help with production dates or series. There are instances of the problem reported in Aus with both large and small calibres.

Not hard to take some empty cases with you if you are looking at a potential purchase.

I am aware of the fix for the extractor, but have no personal experience with it, so can't comment on its effectiveness.
 

wesheltonj

AH legend
Joined
Feb 11, 2015
Messages
2,564
Reaction score
2,800
Location
South Texas
Media
19
Articles
7
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
Benefactor-Life NRA, Life SCI, Life DSC, HSC
Hunted
USA, RSA
You might look at sakocollectors.com
 

John Camp

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
Messages
432
Reaction score
372
Location
Newnan GA
Media
21
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Mexico, Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho
You might look at sakocollectors.com
I spend some reading threads on sakocollectors. Right now I am thinking I might do well looking for a well kept L61R or L579.
 

John Camp

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
Messages
432
Reaction score
372
Location
Newnan GA
Media
21
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Mexico, Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho
This
14518-845550.jpg

Tikka T3 T3x Lite Bolt 6.5 Creedmoor 24.3" 3+1 Synthetic Black Stk Blued
BRAND TIKKA MAGAZINES
ITEM 45234
SKU JRTXE382
UPC 082442884912https://lockedloaded.com/product-category-group/rifles
$466.99


https://lockedloaded.com/product-category-group/rifles
 

Attachments

  • Screen Shot 2020-02-01 at 9.13.04 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-02-01 at 9.13.04 AM.png
    1.3 MB · Views: 40
  • 14518-845550.jpg
    14518-845550.jpg
    35.6 KB · Views: 47

ryan80

AH member
Joined
Jun 4, 2019
Messages
47
Reaction score
76
Media
8
I got the stainless version in 6.5 from locked and loaded for $499 a month or two back. Am very happy with it so far. Put Talley rings and a Leupold vx3 2.5-8x32 on it. Very smooth, accurate, lightweight rig. Just over 7 pounds total.
 

John Camp

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
Messages
432
Reaction score
372
Location
Newnan GA
Media
21
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Mexico, Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho
I got the stainless version in 6.5 from locked and loaded for $499 a month or two back. Am very happy with it so far. Put Talley rings and a Leupold vx3 2.5-8x32 on it. Very smooth, accurate, lightweight rig. Just over 7 pounds total.
Is that a hand gun scope?
 

ufg8r93

Bronze supporter
AH enthusiast
Joined
Aug 9, 2012
Messages
304
Reaction score
839
Location
Atlanta Suburbs
Media
81
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
NRA Life Member, SCI, DSC
Hunted
USA: AL, CO, GA, FL, SC, SD, WI, WY, Limpopo SA, North West SA, England, Saskatchewan
I suggest you save up to buy the Sako View attachment 325571
Three of my Sakos
L to r
270 23/250 338

Those are beauties Doc. I have one Sako, an 85 Hunter in 338 Fed. Really nice gun, very pretty, well-made, and a terrific trigger. But I hate the weird, non-parallel integral bases. I notice you have Optilocks on one, they just strike me as chunky and awkward on such a nice gun. I like the “one piece” mounts on the two on the right. What are those mounts?
 

Dr Ray

AH legend
Joined
Apr 1, 2017
Messages
2,882
Reaction score
3,242
Location
Cairns, Australia
Media
52
Articles
5
Hunting reports
Australia/NZ
5
Those are beauties Doc. I have one Sako, an 85 Hunter in 338 Fed. Really nice gun, very pretty, well-made, and a terrific trigger. But I hate the weird, non-parallel integral bases. I notice you have Optilocks on one, they just strike me as chunky and awkward on such a nice gun. I like the “one piece” mounts on the two on the right. What are those mounts?

Honestly cannot recall. Btw I have my triggers adjusted to 1.5 pounds pressure.
 

ryan80

AH member
Joined
Jun 4, 2019
Messages
47
Reaction score
76
Media
8

Attachments

  • Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 9.35.23 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 9.35.23 AM.png
    606.8 KB · Views: 44
  • Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 9.35.24 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 9.35.24 AM.png
    521.9 KB · Views: 40
  • Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 9.35.27 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 9.35.27 AM.png
    1.3 MB · Views: 36
Last edited by a moderator:

Standard Velocity

AH enthusiast
Joined
Sep 4, 2019
Messages
424
Reaction score
604
Media
2
Articles
1
Just bought a T3 stainless light as an all weather option. Can’t bear to let a gun rust. Used to use an inexpensive Model 7 when it rained but found I was still anal about taking it down and oiling. Hopefully this T3 will let me hunt rainy days with a clear conscience.

The VX3i mentioned above is a great value for most of the hunting I do. I have one on my 375 and will be putting the same on this. Lightweight with reasonable magnification on both the top and bottom ends. I wish Leupold made a similar scope in the VX5 line. Not sure if it’s the coatings or better quality glass but the VX5 line is optically superior.

The Tikka appears to be a decent rifle and I’m sure it’ll go bang. There are a few plastic parts I’d prefer be metal and apparently the aftermarket parts exist. By the time I have replaced the bolt shroud, bottom metal, magazine and maybe the stock I’d have paid for a nice Kimber mountain rifle. We will see.
 

shootist~

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Jan 9, 2019
Messages
576
Reaction score
726
Location
Albuquerque, NM
Media
11
Member of
NRA Life Member, USPSA Certified Range Officer (inactive), NRA Certified Instructor (inactive)
Hunted
USA, Mexico
I replaced the bottom metal on my Tikka Hunter 30-06 with a set from HighDeseretRifleWorks dot com. Very happy with it. It comes with a shim kit to allow some custom fitting (if needed) to get the magazine seating depth just right. My 5 round mags now hold five instead of four.

This along with a bedding job on the wood stock made for a significant improvement in group size. (I'm unsure which contributed the most since the bottom metal arrived as my epoxy was in the curing phase.)
 

John Camp

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
Messages
432
Reaction score
372
Location
Newnan GA
Media
21
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Mexico, Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho
The Tikka appears to be a decent rifle and I’m sure it’ll go bang. There are a few plastic parts I’d prefer be metal and apparently the aftermarket parts exist. By the time I have replaced the bolt shroud, bottom metal, magazine and maybe the stock I’d have paid for a nice Kimber mountain rifle. We will see.[/QUOTE]
This is exactly what I have wrestled with. My son and I spent some time last night looking for components and adding up the cost to replace the plastic on his Tikka.
 

perttime

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 3, 2019
Messages
421
Reaction score
376
Media
1
This is exactly what I have wrestled with. My son and I spent some time last night looking for components and adding up the cost to replace the plastic on his Tikka.
Because the rifle needs it, or because your son wants it?

People now build all sorts of custom jobs out of Tikkas, just like they do with Remingtons. Mainly, it is because they WANT something Special and Unique. A stock Tikka is a bit boring, but it does what it says on the box.
 

John Camp

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
Messages
432
Reaction score
372
Location
Newnan GA
Media
21
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Mexico, Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho
The Tikka appears to be a decent rifle and I’m sure it’ll go bang. There are a few plastic parts I’d prefer be metal and apparently the aftermarket parts exist. By the time I have replaced the bolt shroud, bottom metal, magazine and maybe the stock I’d have paid for a nice Kimber mountain rifle. We will see.

This is exactly what I have wrestled with. My son and I spent some time last night looking for components and adding up the cost to replace the plastic on his Tikka. There is also the concern of weight. I thought his .270 was 6 lbs 3 ounces but we weighed it and it is almost 6 lbs 10 ounces. Replace the plastic and then add scope, rings, sling, and ammo it will be over 8 lbs. These days that is really heavy for a mountain rifle. The answer then is a stock upgrade. A Wildcat stock would take off 10 ounces and certainly be an upgrade. At +- $300 delivered that would be a great deal.
Atlasworks bottom metal $95.00
Mountain Tactical 3 round magazine $70.00 (back order)
Mountain Tactical bolt stop $40.00
Wildcat Composite stock $285.00
http://wildcatcomposites.com/Tikka.html#features10-49
Because I think every rifle needs open sights
NECG front ramp and partridge sight $50.00
NECG classic rear sight base and mini express insert $125.00
So total would be $665 plus maybe $50 for shipping and another $100 or so to drill and tap for the sights. $815
I only paid $400 for the rifle so after everything we would have $1215 in it. That would be right in the neighborhood of a new Kimber. It would weigh about the same as the Kimber Classic and about 8 ounces more than the Montana. We would be fine with that. I enjoy the build process so the pain of waiting for delivery and dealing with back order I can deal with.
The question then is: would we rather have a customized Tikka or a stock Kimber (I would also add sights to the Kimber). I have never owned a Kimber. I have handled a few and believe them to be top of the line as far as factory mountain rifles, but the Tikka is just that reliable and accurate. Besides, there is something to hunting with a unique rifle. So last night we made the obvious choice and decided to customize my son's Tikka .270, and buy a Kimber Classic in .308 for me. That way we can compare the two rifles properly. Gonna start that right after I buy my first Sako, and right now I am favoring the AV.
 

Attachments

  • Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 10.12.19 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 10.12.19 AM.png
    946.2 KB · Views: 39
  • Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 10.12.21 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-02-03 at 10.12.21 AM.png
    1.8 MB · Views: 38
Last edited by a moderator:

Standard Velocity

AH enthusiast
Joined
Sep 4, 2019
Messages
424
Reaction score
604
Media
2
Articles
1
This is exactly what I have wrestled with. My son and I spent some time last night looking for components and adding up the cost to replace the plastic on his Tikka. There is also the concern of weight. I thought his .270 was 6 lbs 3 ounces but we weighed it and it is almost 6 lbs 10 ounces. Replace the plastic and then add scope, rings, sling, and ammo it will be over 8 lbs. These days that is really heavy for a mountain rifle. The answer then is a stock upgrade. A Wildcat stock would take off 10 ounces and certainly be an upgrade. At +- $300 delivered that would be a great deal.
Atlasworks bottom metal $95.00
Mountain Tactical 3 round magazine $70.00 (back order)
Mountain Tactical bolt stop $40.00
Wildcat Composite stock $285.00
http://wildcatcomposites.com/Tikka.html#features10-49
Because I think every rifle needs open sights
NECG front ramp and partridge sight $50.00
NECG classic rear sight base and mini express insert $125.00
So total would be $665 plus maybe $50 for shipping and another $100 or so to drill and tap for the sights. $815
I only paid $400 for the rifle so after everything we would have $1215 in it. That would be right in the neighborhood of a new Kimber. It would weigh about the same as the Kimber Classic and about 8 ounces more than the Montana. We would be fine with that. I enjoy the build process so the pain of waiting for delivery and dealing with back order I can deal with.
The question then is: would we rather have a customized Tikka or a stock Kimber (I would also add sights to the Kimber). I have never owned a Kimber. I have handled a few and believe them to be top of the line as far as factory mountain rifles, but the Tikka is just that reliable and accurate. Besides, there is something to hunting with a unique rifle. So last night we made the obvious choice and decided to customize my son's Tikka .270, and buy a Kimber Classic in .308 for me. That way we can compare the two rifles properly. Gonna start that right after I buy my first Sako, and right now I am favoring the AV.

I’m considering most of the changes you are. It feels a little counterproductive unless you like a project (I do).

I purposefully bought mine in 308 with the idea that I can chop 2” off the barrel if I want to. I want something lightweight, compact (getting hung up in netting and branches is frustrating) and weather proof. Just cutting it down would give me all of these benefits for the cost of recrowning.

Replacing plastic is really only necessary out of principle. It took a long time to accept aluminum parts as less than total blasphemy.

As a side note, have you seen the High Desert bottom metal? Looks less tactical to me.
 

John Camp

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jan 12, 2019
Messages
432
Reaction score
372
Location
Newnan GA
Media
21
Hunting reports
USA/Canada
2
Hunted
Mexico, Georgia, California, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Idaho
I purposefully bought mine in 308 with the idea that I can chop 2” off the barrel if I want to

If I started from scratch I would buy a .308 and cut it down as well. My son's .270 was unfired for $400 and I could not pass that up.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
38,661
Messages
747,397
Members
70,645
Latest member
SusanaStor
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

eballo wrote on doubleboy's profile.
Is the Parker still for sale?
hunt 65 wrote on Bullthrower338's profile.
You ever sell the Hyme 458 Lott?
Bob Nelson 35Whelen wrote on jwp475's profile.
@jwp475
If you need help with your Whelen loads please PM me
Bob
xausa wrote on Challer's profile.
I don't know where you're located, but I'd be happy to let you try out my Krieghoff. I'm located in West Tennessee and the local gun club has a skeet layout and is located not far from my farm. We're about five miles from the Kentucky state line and about 100 miles west of Nashville.
I just joined today, I live in Louisiana. I joined mostly because of all of the 35 Whelen discussion as I am now very interested In the 35 Whelen. I have an 1885 Highwall that J.E.S.S. rebored to 35 Whelen

Also own 338s 375 and both a 416 rem and Rigby
 
Top