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Thread: Tikka M55 - Who's best for barrel replacement?

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    Tikka M55 - Who's best for barrel replacement?

    My trusty old Tikka M55 223 may be ready for a new barrel soon, so which riflesmith is the top man for the job?
    Some specialise in particular actions - so who do I choose? And why?
    I've read that the M55 is one of the best actions for re-barreling and the rifle deserves the best - it is very pleasant to handle - a great semi varminter style.

    Another question - What other calibers can be chambered in a 223 action when a new barrel is fitted?

    Ian

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    I have had some real pleasure from my re barreled Tikka M595 in .223 Border fitted a 1-8 twist for me, sweeeet!
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    Barrel

    Try Mike at BROCK and NORRIS good bloke knows is stuff done some work for me fantastic result 0.5 moa.I would recommend a Kriegar barrel or a barrel from KandP barrels at the end of the day you get what you pay for.

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    Forgot the other question .223 is a short action so any other short action round up to.308.

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    the bolt face could prove a problem for the larger case.

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    Norman Clarke has orked o a lot of Tikkas as he used to make target rifles out of them. He did my 595 and it shoots really well. Saying that my best shooting rifle was done by redmist

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    Rhino Rifles and Pac-Nor barrels. And whoever does their blueing (blacking?) is terrific. Way cheaper than Border and turnaround was weeks rather than months. They've done two old Sako rifles for me - one rebarrel and one bedding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser66 View Post
    Rhino Rifles and Pac-Nor barrels. And whoever does their blueing (blacking?) is terrific. Way cheaper than Border and turnaround was weeks rather than months. They've done two old Sako rifles for me - one rebarrel and one bedding.
    Rhino are getting a good reputation, I have not seen any of their work, but the seem to have happpy punters.

    Border cut barrels are very good, but expensive. There are any amount of good rifle smiths out there.

    Rebarreling has got out of hand, 700 - 800 seems to be a common quote.

    Now, I know well barrel blanks are under 300, some well under 200, so we are talking 500 to chuck a barrel up in a lathe, cut to length, thread the breach and muzzle, cut the chamber and crown the muzzle. Then fit the barrel into the action and set the headspace? This could not be more than a mornings work for a good machinist or rifle smith.

    Having said all that, my Sako 22/250 is going for a 1-8" fluted tube in the spring time.
    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    Rhino are getting a good reputation, I have not seen any of their work, but the seem to have happpy punters.

    Border cut barrels are very good, but expensive. There are any amount of good rifle smiths out there.

    Rebarreling has got out of hand, 700 - 800 seems to be a common quote.




    Now, I know well barrel blanks are under 300, some well under 200, so we are talking 500 to chuck a barrel up in a lathe, cut to length, thread the breach and muzzle, cut the chamber and crown the muzzle. Then fit the barrel into the action and set the headspace? This could not be more than a mornings work for a good machinist or rifle smith.

    Having said all that, my Sako 22/250 is going for a 1-8" fluted tube in the spring time.
    Any decent barrel blank with be around the 300 mark plus vat, Bergara barrels are now available for considerbaly less, but they have a limited selection of profiles and calibres available. 700-800 will be a VAT inclusive price so knock off 20% and 35 for proof, and the barrel blank at cost price, and really you are only being charged 2-250 for the actual work. taking into account the fact you have invested in a high precision lathe and countless reamers and gauges, not to mention the small fact that you may actually have expenses in your life such as food and taxes, is it really that much to ask to be able to turn a small profit for screwing a barrel onto some ungrateful numptys rifle.

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    Hi,
    I'm having a M55 rebarreled in 260 Rem. by Rhino,ive been persuaded by Graham to try a Bergara Barrel,Will let you know how it goes.

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