Action screws found! New Pictures!Posted by Dasher on December 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm
New to the board today. I am wondering two things. What is the best way to remove a T3 barrel and are there any good action replacement screw for these actions that don't cost $10 plus each? Thank for helping the Tikka rookie.
MemberDecember 2, 2015 at 12:22 am1 Bullseye
The best way to remove a barrel is to have a gunsmith do it as they are screwed on extremely tightly. Chad at LRI who did mine said they are all torqued up to ridiculous levels. There don't seem to be too many gunsmiths who will work on T3s for some reason. I guess the rest like the comfort zone of Remingtons.
Don't know of any cheap screws, but is $20 really that bad to hold your $600+ rifle together?
ModeratorDecember 2, 2015 at 1:31 am295 Bullseyes
Reference the screws you get what you pay for , if you want cheap screws just use the ones that come with the rifle, it's often cheaper in the long run to pay for quality
MemberDecember 2, 2015 at 2:27 am1 Bullseye
As for the screws, get quality parts. I've got 3 pairs of the hardened action screws from the store here for insurance, since the second time I torqued down the factory screws to 35, they stripped the head. Haven't had a problem AT ALL, with the new ones, and have two spare sets.
My smith was cursing me for having a Tikka when he needed to remove the barrel. I think he eventually ended up soaking the entire action in penetrating oil for two days, it still didn't want to move. As he was reaching for longer bar for more torque, it finally broke lose and he was able to get it off. The first couple threads actually have thread locker on them, and it's screwed in stupid tight. All this however provided for a very secure fit for the new barrel going on, so it has tighter tolerances now than he usually gets with factory actions like Remington.
He now prefers a Tikka since he's worked on mine and discovered how true it was. He doesn't see that as often these days with the poor quality control in many mass produced rifle brands.
MemberDecember 2, 2015 at 4:21 am21 Bullseyes
We need to embrace gunsmiths that work on Tikkas. Personally I will do business with mountain tactical. But the more the merrier.
MemberDecember 3, 2015 at 3:49 am1 Bullseye
Well we found some screws and got the barrel off! Set the new rifle up in the lathe and made a relief cut right in front of the action, heated up the barrel and burned out the lock Tite, screwed right out! Would have liked to save the new barrel, but had to move on.
Chambered up a new Bartlien 8 twist to 22-243AI. Will Cerakote it tomorrow. Waiting for the screws and new stock to come and we'll get it bedded, scope mounted and shooting. Hopefully by the weekend.
Should be great coyote medicine. Trying 70 grain TSX, 75 Amax and 80 grain Bergers
MemberDecember 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm105 Bullseyes
You will love the 75gr Amax for coyotes…they hit like a freight train and I'm only shooting them at 2900fps out of a 223…they will scream out of your build. Cool project.
Let us know how the new barrel shoots when you get some trigger time in.
MemberDecember 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm1 Bullseye
I'm more inclined to embrace Tikkas that don't need to be worked on by a gunsmith! ;D
MemberDecember 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm1 Bullseye
Hears our finished 22-243Ai. Custom rifle on a budget. Turned out great. I think I will build several more rifle on these Tikkas
MemberDecember 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm105 Bullseyes
The gun looks great, really nice combo!
If it shoots as good as it looks you will have no trouble delivering the hurt on a few yotes.
Send some load data when you get it worked out. Really interested to see how fast you can throw the 75-80gr pills….
MemberDecember 9, 2015 at 5:39 am1 Bullseye
Chronoed our first loads with Ramshot Hunter. 70 gr TSX at 3505fps and 3400fps for the 80 gr Bergers
Half inch or better with the Bergers and 5/8 -7/8 with the 70 gr TSX
MemberDecember 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm105 Bullseyes
Man thats fast with the 80gr…good looking drop chart as well.
MemberDecember 10, 2015 at 3:40 am1 Bullseye
Thanks Dog Town for the chart! Still trying to find time to try the 75s.
If I can get this next build done I may have some time! ?
MemberDecember 11, 2015 at 3:39 am21 Bullseyes
Dasher and dog down, very nice and fast what can be worse? Slow and slower? Nice job !
MemberDecember 11, 2015 at 3:45 am105 Bullseyes
This is my drop chart for my 223 and 75gr amax load…your rifle totally blows it away.
120″ drop difference at 1000yrds between the 2 rifles…WOW!
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