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pigglet
27-09-2010, 15:13
No longer for sale, you've convinced me to keep it!
I'm not sure if I'm going to regret this but..............
I've bought another stalking rifle for better or worse so this has to go.
I bought it and had it checked over and screw cut by Steve Kershaw, he gave it a clean bill of health.

Comes with the original deluxe stock (the butt pad is there but not shown in the pic),
Meopta artemis 7X50 with 4b ret with box & papers
Optilock rings and mounts.

There is also a copy of shooting times with review of the M55

There is also a T8 in good condition with no rust and the thumbhole stock, both of which are available seperately. 150 for the stock, the T8 is negotiable. I also have a set of redding deluxe dies and a quantity of brass. Again, available to the buyer of the rifle.
I don't want to split anything untill the rifle is sold.
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/pigglet79/guns/001-1.jpg
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/pigglet79/guns/PaulsStock003.jpg
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/pigglet79/guns/PaulsStock004.jpg

finnbear270
27-09-2010, 15:21
Good bundle of kit there,.................... but for me the first line says it all!;)

pigglet
27-09-2010, 15:31
Don't say that, I'm having second thoughts already after all the time I've spent on it:cry:

mo
27-09-2010, 23:40
what a cracking rifle mate. and a good caliber too! keep it!! :thumb: If i had not ordered my sako i would have been tempted! all the best, Mo

pigglet
28-09-2010, 01:21
Thanks Mo. Your not helping with my case of buyers remorse though :roll:

KevinF
28-09-2010, 17:03
Pigglet - we don't know one another but I'll be blunt nonetheless: you have to be insane to want to sell that. Made when Tikka was still a family firm, I believe, and a lovely piece of gunsmithing that you would have to pay an arm and a leg for to equal these days. Just stick it in the cupboard and shoot it on high days and holidays.

JC275
28-09-2010, 17:07
Pigglet - we don't know one another but I'll be blunt nonetheless: you have to be insane to want to sell that. Made when Tikka was still a family firm, I believe, and a lovely piece of gunsmithing that you would have to pay an arm and a leg for to equal these days. Just stick it in the cupboard and shoot it on high days and holidays.

Totally agree with Kevins advice, the only other way to look at it is that, if it is sold, someone else gets the benefit of a great set-up. JC

Redmist
28-09-2010, 17:19
Not interested in the scope - would you consider offer on rifle only (with original stock), would make ideal candidate for re-barrel....

AndrewS
28-09-2010, 17:31
Have to agree with Kevin and Redmist - hales from the days when Tikka made really good rifles. I had my M55 rebarreled last year - AEH at Riflecraft said it was one of the tightest actions he'd worked on for a long time. I'd keep it as is or change the barrel if you don't want a 270.

JMO

Andrew

pigglet
28-09-2010, 20:50
Farquah. Looks like I've slipped up. I'll give you the full story, tell me if you still think I should keep it.
When looking for a stalking rifle I was after an M695, in .270. I lloked and looked then found one, said I'd have it only for it to be sold by mistake to someone else. I ended up with the 65 more by chance than anythng.
A couple of days ago I saw this and have said I'll have it, it's on hold unitll I get down with the money. My variation went in today.
http://forums.pigeonwatch.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=139373
I hadn't heard much about 25-06 when I decided on a .270. In reality I'm going to be doing more Roe stalking than Red or SIka so thought it sounded like a good rifle and calibre for me.

I do like the .270, there is nothing wrong with it, when I took it to Steve Kershaw to be threaded I asked for it to be re-crowned but he checked it out and said there was nothing wrond with the crown or the barrel, it didn't need it.
I just thought the 695 might be a better rifle and caliber for me. I don't think I'd be able to jstify or get authority to possess both:cry:

scotsgun
28-09-2010, 22:48
I have the 25-06 and i'm telling you now that the 270 is a more versatile rifle. You'll also find the rifle bullet type and weight fussy. I eventually found 115gr sierra gamekings with ramshot magnum powder the most consistent.

If it were me, i'd keep the 270. My mate has one and uses it regularly for roe and reds. There's really no difference in shooting if using a mod or meat damage is the bullet is placed correctly.

I know that my immediate reaction when seeing your ad was to check the bank balance, but there's no way Strathclyde will give me another slot for a while.

pigglet
29-09-2010, 00:14
Thanks for that scotsgun. It looks as though I'l have to ring the FLO and see where to go from here.
I'll provsionally put the sale of the 65 on hold untill I've sorted this little mess I've got myself into out:oops:

Redmist
29-09-2010, 05:59
No difference bettween 270 and 25-06 in reality - ive had (have) both and stuck with the quarterbore as my own opinion is that is the "better" calibre..

A pity youve put the sale on hold, it would have made a lovely .275 Rigby or a 6.5x284.


Nevermind, should you change your mind, an offer still stands.

KevinF
29-09-2010, 12:03
Pigglet -

Redmist (much respect to him) would do a lovely job, no doubt about that going on the pictures of his work already posted on here, but don't you dare let him (or anyone else) have it!:lol:

IMHO it would be a crime to take apart not just a perfectly good functioning rifle, but a beautifully built and increasingly rare gem. Moreover, it's a perfectly practical all-species tool. Keep it. Shoot it!

Hope you resolve your problem.

By the way, did I ever mention that I like Tikka 65s?:D

finnbear270
29-09-2010, 12:11
Pigglet -

Redmist (much respect to him) would do a lovely job, no doubt about that going on the pictures of his work already posted on here, but don't you dare let him (or anyone else) have it!:lol:

IMHO it would be a crime to take apart not just a perfectly good functioning rifle, but a beautifully built and increasingly rare gem. Moreover, it's a perfectly practical all-species tool. Keep it. Shoot it!

Hope you resolve your problem.

By the way, did I ever mention that I like Tikka 65s?:D
Echoes of Kevin, (Brithunter) here!:-D

KevinF
29-09-2010, 13:59
Echoes of Kevin, (Brithunter) here!:-D


:shock:

Claret_Dabbler
29-09-2010, 14:06
If you want to make that 270 a bit milder mannered for the smaller species, getting loading and develop a load with a 140gr SP bullet at around 2750fps (51.5gr N160 should do it). Turns the 270 into a pussy cat. I have shot everything bar Roe with this load with little damage.

By the way, the lads are correct, you must be barking to consider parting with this rifle, though the 695 Delux ain't too shabby either....

Tim1
29-09-2010, 16:45
Pigglet,

I would echo Scotsgun's experience and suggest that .25-06s can be very fussy and difficult to get to shoot good groups consistently. No doubt there will be people who disagree but my brother has persevered with four .25-06 rifles and has ultimately given up on the calibre. Of all the calibres we've had it's the only one that has beaten us in terms of consistent, acceptable (to us) accuracy.

Best wishes,

Tim

pigglet
29-09-2010, 17:34
Thanks for all the info guys. On paper it sounded like a great calibre. In practice it sounds somewhat less ideal. I suppose this is the problem with our firearms law, it makes it very difficult ascertain what suits you via experiance as there is no way of trying a few things side by side and shifting what you don't want. I want to change my Mod on the .270 and that sounds like a full variation job too.
I did a bit of a serach on the net on the 65 last night at work and everything I read echoed all of the above comments, basically "they don't make em like that anymore".
I think I've sussed a way out of the situation.

scotsgun
29-09-2010, 23:04
By the way, did I ever mention that I like Tikka 65s?:D

Don't we all ???

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c24/ScotsGun/tikkam65.jpg

pigglet
30-09-2010, 15:58
Thats a clean looking example scotsgun.
Variation ammended, she's staying:)

KevinF
30-09-2010, 21:22
Rrrrrrrrrrresuulttttttttt!

Pigglet - I could not be more chuffed - I am, as they seem to say in the modern ergot, 'made up.'

Thank you for making an old man very happy!

It is a decision, I am sure, that you will come to recognise as one of your best ever.

By the way, did I mention I really do rate Tikka 65s?

ATB.

pigglet
01-10-2010, 07:18
By the way, did I mention I really do rate Tikka 65s?

Erm yes, a couple of times I think:lol:

You'll be pleased to hear that she's also going to recieve a bit of pampering. I'm going to replace the bloomin great T8 with a nice Third eye spartan which is smaller and significantly lighter and get the barrel re-blued as it's a bit thin on the top. She'll be an absolute peach then.

I think I've sold the 695 too so thats that issue sorted.

KevinF
01-10-2010, 18:55
Indeed I am pleased. And in 30 years time when your grandchildren thank you for passing on a classic that still shoots as well as it did when first made, so will you too.

A good call, as they say.

Sinistral
24-10-2010, 23:00
If I can chip in late to this thread.... I'm a real fan of Tikka's after buying several from new in true Lefthand form over many years. As there isn't too much choice for me there are now two M595's, two M695's, and two M65's - a Deluxe sporter (1987), and a Continental HB (1989) in my cabinet. The Tikka T3 will never ever be on my wish list.

Tikka used the same stock (the same as the one you've replaced) for both M65 barrel profiles. I have to say that old as they now are I prize the earlier M65's above all the others for their quality and the strength of their action design. Also, the 'hand' of the stock is much shorter, and the palm swell is better shaped on the M65's than the later M595/M695 models so the trigger finger instinctively ends up in the right place. In short the M65 rifles just fit and work perfectly.

IMHO you've definitely made the right choice. Nice to see these old-timers still have a place in a world of synthetics.