Preparing to buy new 7mm Rem Mag rifle, and will be reloading for it as well. I had planned to purchase a Tikka T3x, but they only make 1:9.5 for 7mm RM. The newer high-BC bullets call for 1:9 or faster twist rate.
Anybody know if Tikka has a custom shop?
If not, anybody know of a hammer forged barrel maker for 7mm RM?
I have no experience finding semi/custom rifles/barrel makers and welcome any guidance.
If you just have to have a Tikka, you can get 3.6 out of them by running aftermarket bottom metal for 3.715 AICS mags and doing a few simple modifications to the action. MT has a good video out on the process.
I have one Tikka 7mm RM so equiped. Feed and function are fantastic. Despite the less than ideal twist, I've not had any trouble running 175's, even at low elevation. Likewise with a number of OEM 7mm RM 700's and a couple of MkV's I've had through the years.
As previously stated, an OEM 700 would get you everything you need with minimal fuss. And there's any accoutrement you could want available for the platform if your interests/needs change and evolve as time goes on. And all the better if they're going to be coming 1:8.
Nothing at all against the Tikka on my part. Own several and they've been great. Just think the 700 is a better/easier fit for long action cartridges.