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    t3 bolts in .243 and .308

    Supposing you owned 2 Tikka T3s - one in .243 and one in .308.

    What would happen if, by mistake, you put the .243 bolt in the .308, or vice versa? They are, as far as I can tell, identical.

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    I'm in the same boat (2/ T3's) I have a different bolt shroud on my 243.
    As for the actual rifles their both identical (except one wears a vari the
    other a fixed). Will be interesting to see your reply's Mungo.

    Ps. Same could be said of ammo when using the 308, mind you
    you'd have to be lucky to hit your target with the 243. ammo
    Atb. Buck.
    Last edited by Uncle Buck; 23-12-2013 at 10:35.
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    I suspect the bolts will be identical. Look at some of the switch barrel rifle combinations.

    This is why I keep bolts inside the guns!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    Supposing you owned 2 Tikka T3s - one in .243 and one in .308.

    What would happen if, by mistake, you put the .243 bolt in the .308, or vice versa? They are, as far as I can tell, identical.
    They in theory should be identical.

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    your head space would be out so could very dangerous the bolts should have part of the rifle serial no stamped on them just in case

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    Rifles are checked for headspace....with the one bolt, not with a different bolt. (might not be in proof?)
    The question can only be answered if one would see the manufacturing drawings, tolerances and if the bolts are actually made to spec. Easiest way is to check headspace with each bolt, however I would not swop bolts as every bolt is slightly different and lugs match up over time or are lapped as a pair in the action. edi

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    Well, I would never admit to this so it didn't happen to me, right?
    i have, I mean some one I know has a 223 and 243 t3. He went out with the 223 and the 243 bolt fitted. Shot a Muntie at 100 yards and the point of impact moved left about 2 or 3 inches and the bullet wouldn't eject. Cartridge slip out when the bolt was removed of course. I, ahem, he, was very relieved that nothing else went wrong and has now got a different coloured bolt knob to ensure that doesn't happen ever again.
    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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