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#8088451 - 09/21/13 Tikka .223 - 1 in 10 twist - heads up
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
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Loc: Idaho, USA
LH Tikka T3's in .223 have been really scarce for a while so when some started to show up on gunbroker I ordered one. All of the specs for the LH T3 .223 show a 1 in 8 twist although they do make the Hunter model with wooden stock in a 1 in 12 twist.

Anyway, the rifle got in today and the barrel is marked .223 Rem 10". confused The end flap on the box also shows .223REM/10in. This is the same model JRTB412 that is shown everywhere as 1 in 8. It's not that big of a deal to me since I'm not a fanatic about fast twists, shooting standard weight bullets of 50 to 55 grains mostly. But if you are and a 1 in 8 is important to you then be sure to check with your distributor or wherever you're buying it from to verify it has the twist you want. I don't know if this affects the right hand rifles or not but you might want to verify those as well.

Now that said - 1 in 10? What the heck? Okay, 1 in 12 is standard and has been for years. "Fast twist" can be 1 in 9, 8 or 7. But 1 in 10? What good is it for over a 1 in 12? Maybe it's optimized to handle those wildly popular 60 grain bullets? wink What will those crazy Finns think of next.

Oh well, I'm just going to load up some 50 grain V-Max's and Sierra 52 HP's and go out tomorrow to see what it will do.
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#8088509 - 09/21/13 Re: Tikka .223 - 1 in 10 twist - heads up [Re: Jim in Idaho]
ingwe Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 57351
Loc: Southwestern Montucky
I had a rifle built with a 1 in 10 and it is the most versatile barrel Ive got, shoots 40 grain to 69 gr really well...anything works in it ......you will like it! laugh
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#8088553 - 09/21/13 Re: Tikka .223 - 1 in 10 twist - heads up [Re: ingwe]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
Posts: 16862
Loc: Idaho, USA
I wish you'd said 75 grains. wink I went out and bought a box of Hornady 75 grain A-Max's in anticipation of the rifle coming in. shocked

Oh well, this isn't a deal breaker for me although it might be for someone else which is why I wanted to share the info. But thanks for your post, that's good info to know. I'll see what Sportsman's has in the 69 grain range.
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#8088563 - 09/21/13 Re: Tikka .223 - 1 in 10 twist - heads up [Re: Jim in Idaho]
ingwe Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 57351
Loc: Southwestern Montucky
Mine likes the Sierra 69 grainers and LOVES Hornady 68 BTHP.....75 grainers require mag mods, and Im too lazy and unskilled for that....
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#8088675 - 09/21/13 Re: Tikka .223 - 1 in 10 twist - heads up [Re: ingwe]
Steelhead Offline
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75gr Swifts don't require mag mods, just saying.
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#8088678 - 09/21/13 Re: Tikka .223 - 1 in 10 twist - heads up [Re: Steelhead]
Steelhead Offline
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1-10" beats a 1-14", but it really makes zero sense.
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