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    Advice on purchasing a used Tikka


    I'm interested in buying my first .243 from the keeper where I work. He bought it new approximately 18 years ago. I was hoping someone could give me an idea of a fair price to offer him so here is the spec:

    1992/3 Tikka M558 Continental .243 (Heavy Barrel)
    3.5-10 x 50 Leopold telescopic sights
    T8 moderator
    The barrel has been fiberglass bedded
    The trigger can be pushed forwards to activate a very fine setting, though I can't recall what the name of this is.
    I'm told the bipod is worth around 100, would this be a Harris bipod?

    Apparently he used it with no modifications from new and soon found favour with a different calibre for several years before having the .243 "accurised" and so it was laid up for several years before being used as a working tool for foxing and occasional stalking. Now he is looking to sell it in order to purchase a lighter weight stalking rifle as the estate has purchased a dedicated foxing rifle with night vision sights fitted. The bore has always been cleaned regularly and maticulously and I am assured that it still shoots like an arrow.

    So thats the spec and the back story, if anyone can give me an idea of a price for this package that is fair to us both then I would be very grateful.

    Kind Regards,
    Jonathan Backhouse.
    Last edited by Lexion600; 01-01-2011 at 16:07.

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    Jonathon it is hard to say without seeing the rifle and knowing the grade of the scope as there is a big variation in Leupolds.

    Ignoring the scope, the rest of the package is probably worth 350 to 550 depending on condition,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexion600 View Post
    The trigger can be pushed forwards to activate a very fine setting, though I can't recall what the name of this is.
    Jonathan - this is normally called a "set" trigger.

    As Brian says, it's difficult to say what the value is without seeing the rifle itself. Ideally you might also want a friendly gundealer to check the barrel with a borescope, just to identify any problems there.

    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Firstly can I say that I do not want to upset any keepers (not stalkers) on here that DO look after their kit, my next comment is purely based on MY experience with keepers guns, some of them being very good friends of mine who would no doubt laugh and agree with me.

    They generally don't look after them!

    To most it is a tool that until it breaks does the job. I am not trying to be offensive to your mate but his lack of knowledge regarding its worth may suggest he is just not into the 'kit' side of things and that MAY bare out what I have just said.

    IF I am correct, then a rifle of this age if not properly looked after could end up costing you a lot more than the initial purchase price.

    I would only add that there are a LOT of second-hand bargains out there, especially in the current financial climate and it may just be worth looking around.

    As an example, give Gregor MacLeod a call at MacLeods of Tain and ask him what he has in stock and explain you are new to the sport. He will not rip you off. Remember he can post a rifle to your local RFD.

    Lastly, I hope it is the action that is bedded and not, as stated, the barrel

    In fact, this better be the last thing I say: 'I apologise profusely to any keeper on here who DOES look after their kit'.

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    Thank you all for your help. It is indeed the action which is fiberglass bedded, that was my mistake - appologies!

    As for the scope - I am told this was somewhere around 450 - 500 when the rifle was first purchased 18 years ago if this gives any clues as to the grade?

    I have seen him clean his guns (before I showed any interest in this one) and I'm satisfied that he's fairly meticulous and pays particular attention to the bore. That said, when in use it probably is regarded as a tool and has picked up a few minor knocks but then shouldn't a sturdy Scandinavian rifle be able to stand up to that sort of treatment?

    I appreciate your advice and will considder looking elsewhere but I am of the old school of people which like to deal with local people, friends and acquaintances wherever possible!

    He has an idea of what he wants for the whole package and has mentioned somewhere in the 1000 region. It's me who's not really sure but I thought this might be a bit far north of what an 18 year old Tikka might be worth and decided to ask for your help!

    Knowing the original price of the scope are there any advances on the overall value?

    Your advice is appreciated, many thanks!
    Last edited by Lexion600; 01-01-2011 at 16:09.

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    Appologies once again - i'm giving the wrong information.

    The scope is a Leupold 3.5-10 x 50 Vari-X III. I've just looked up the history of this particular model and they were introduced in 1998 so it can't be as old as the rifle.

    Hope this helps a valuation.

    Thanks again,

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    Rifle - 300-350
    T8 - 75 if in resonable nick (they are prone to rust internally if not looked after)
    Bipod 50

    Have a look here, click on the "rifle" or "optics" tabs
    R. Macleod Son, Tain, Scotland

    There was a Tikka M55 in .243 on pigeon watch earlier in the week for 225 or 250, can't remember now

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    Jon, a grand is too much money for the package.

    The scope is about 250 - 300 SH, ball park the rifle blind at 400 - 450, that's 700, a SH T8 and bipod are worth very little, 50 for the T8.

    Is this your head keeper trying to shift his old kit your direction?

    750, 800 absolute max unless the rifle is immaculate, which I seriously doubt.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Before you part with your cash take the rifle out on he range and see how well it shoots for your keeper friend and yourself. If you can see how it shoots ith a few different types of ammo so much the better. Those old Tikkas are very tough - I know of one that still shoots really well even after it has been run over by a tactor - stock and bit scratched up. But it is a heavy barrel and gets kind of heavy after a while.

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    To give you an idea of what is available elsewhere, and my local gun shop is not renowned for being cheap, I noticed the following last week when I was in.
    Mannlicher, I think it was a pro-hunter but I am not into these guns at all so it's a guess (don't even know if they are any good or not but some on here like them) black synthetic stock in .308. Ase Utra mod (looked brand new), recent model Zeiss Scope, I think it was possibly a 6x42, rail mount on Apel swing-off's, sling and I'm sure it had a Harris bi-pod fitted as well. The whole outfit looked in superb nick, 1300 the lot and that is the ticket price. I'm confident you would get at least another hundred quid off that. Just to show what you get for your money if you look around. This rifle may be a bit cheaper up here as .308 is not as popular as down South.

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