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Thread: Tikka lite 223

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    Tikka lite 223

    I have just bought a stainless tikka lite after some advise from some of you on here.
    First of all, it's advertised as stainless but just looks as if it's plated, are they all like this?
    Also it has 8" on the barrel, does this mean 1 in 8 twist rate?
    If it does mean 1 in 8 does this mean it won't be as accurate with lighter bullets such as 40gr?
    The barrel needs threading, so while I am getting this done it would be the best time to get the barrel to the correct length. I will mainly be shooting from a 4x4 with nightvision so the shorter the better but I don't want to spoil the rifle.
    What length would you say would be the best for a small hunting rifle without loosing any performance in the rifle?

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    Any thoughts!! Anyone!!

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    I use a T3 stainless 1/8 for foxing.
    Yes 8" means 1/8" twist.
    My 223 is a bit finicky with lighter bullets but still groups around an inch with most but seems to prefer 69gr.
    At around 20" she'd still shoot fine.
    edi

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    20 inches will be fine. i take it is 24 inches at the moment ? as for the 40 grain bullets you can only try them and see how they shoot in the 1 in 8 twist

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    If the 40s dont shoot try 50gn vmax is use them in my NV 223 1/8 tikka...very accurate.

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    don't drive your forties too fast & they'll shoot ok.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    My T3 .223 is down to 17" and easily holds 5/8inch groups, why use 40grn. bullets, I use 60grn V-Max and get great results, Basil doesn,t like them.

    Brora 260

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    Thanks for your answers,
    The reason I ask about 40gr is that the only ammo I could get in the shop was 40gr v max and 55gr ppu.
    I don't reload but know someone that is going to do some for me when I have some empty cases.
    I am hoping it will be ok with the ppu and then I won't have to worry about reloading for the time being. I will try and swap the 40gr for a heavier bullet.
    I was hoping to get the length down to about 18 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE GRIFF View Post
    Thanks for your answers,
    The reason I ask about 40gr is that the only ammo I could get in the shop was 40gr v max and 55gr ppu.
    I don't reload but know someone that is going to do some for me when I have some empty cases.
    I am hoping it will be ok with the ppu and then I won't have to worry about reloading for the time being. I will try and swap the 40gr for a heavier bullet.
    I was hoping to get the length down to about 18 inches.
    are you looking to shoot some longer range targets with it etc. if so then the 1 in 8 twist is great for pushing the heavier bullets with better bc.
    if you are then i wouldn't cut it to short. as you will want to keep some extra length to keep fps speeds up

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay 22 View Post
    are you looking to shoot some longer range targets with it etc. if so then the 1 in 8 twist is great for pushing the heavier bullets with better bc.
    if you are then i wouldn't cut it to short. as you will want to keep some extra length to keep fps speeds up
    exactly

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