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    Tikka T3

    I think I've narrowed down my new rifle choice to a Tikka T3 varmint left handed with 20 inch barrel.

    But is it worth bedding a stock or keeping it as it is out the box ?

    Does bedding really help that much - if the guns been well made in the first place ?

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    i have had no problems with mine so far apart from lightening the trigger to 2.5lb

    cheers Harry

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    I have 2. Both left handed. I lightened the trigger to 1.9 lbs. it is great and crisp. The 223 is grouping less than 1moa with factory ammo. The 243 is about 1 moa. I am chewing over the fact of shortening the barrel on the 223 as it is a foxing rifle and often used out of a truck with nv. I could live with a bit less power down range if it will make it more pointable, slightly lighter and easier in the truck.
    now as soon as they start making a 17 HMR I will buy one of those as well.

    I like tikka.

    Sorry, to answer your question, I don't think it is worthwhile bedding in. I could get better accuracy by reloading. And as soon as I shoot out the factory ammo I will indeed.
    I can speak in-depth and with great knowledge about most subjects until some bugger who actually knows what he is speaking about opens his gob .

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    Quote Originally Posted by LONG RANGE CAPT View Post
    I think I've narrowed down my new rifle choice to a Tikka T3 varmint left handed with 20 inch barrel.

    But is it worth bedding a stock or keeping it as it is out the box ?

    Does bedding really help that much - if the guns been well made in the first place ?
    Have you had a read of Nathan Foster's book? He has some interesting thoughts on these issues. Terminal Ballistics Research Regards JCS

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    The difference is that individual parts are made with a tolerance, the stock must be made larger than the action otherwise it does not fit
    meaning their will be slop or play. Bedding removes this play which is what one wants in the rifle stock fit. Many people even epoxy bed AICS stocks
    or other aluminium bedding blocks. My take is that a rifle is not finished if it is not bedded. Smaller calibers like 223 are not as sensitive as
    larger recoiling rifles and bedding might not be quite as important.
    Not sure if your injection moulded stock is that great for bedding as epoxy does not stick well to most of these plastics.
    Bedding generally might not shrink your groups but will make POI more consistant over time which is more important.

    edi

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    I have a t3 in 270 cal out of the box 4yrs ago still groups half inch 5 bullets at 100yds and I put about 400/500 rounds a yr in It.

    gadget

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    for a hunting rifle they are terrific straight from the box
    my 6.5x55 shot clover leaf @100 and thumbnail @200 with factory rws 140grn twin core bullets

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    i have the t3 super varmint in 243 over 5000 rounds have gone down rainge with no problems and still shoots under 1in at 100yards all day long onley ajustment to trigger not beded barrel cut to 20in and recrowned get one great guns

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    I have just bought a left handed T3 light weight stainless S/H in 308 and I am very impressed with how it shoots.
    I have just had time to zero it in and have not had time to play with it as yet due to the monsoon season being upon us. It was zeroed with 150 gr federal power shock . It was grouping 3shots all touching at 100meters from a cold barrel and hope to better this with home loads.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterscabin View Post
    for a hunting rifle they are terrific straight from the box
    my 6.5x55 shot clover leaf @100 and thumbnail @200 with factory rws 140grn twin core bullets
    same as mine only with 120 noslers really rate t3's

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