Advice please for the Newbie:
Hi … I'm new to the forum, and to centerfire shooting. I'm an ole' PCP air gun benchrest shooter for many years, coming to the real world of shooting. Starting out with a Tikka T3x Varmint .223, and want to pursue the benchrest competition (to start out) that limits your rig to 13.5 lbs, and only allows stock bedding and trigger adjustment. I haven't put a round down range yet, been too cold, but I am almost ready to go, as soon as the weather breaks. I am a stickler for pulling out the best accuracy I can … with what I have, staying within the rules of the class or division I'm shooting in, and knowing the limitations that the T3x might have as a stock rifle. I have about 10 different brands of Match ammo, and when the weather breaks, I'll go to the 100 yard range, sight in, break-in, and chrony the ammo types and measure groups. Hopefully find out what she likes to eat. Anyway, I have a few questions, hoping you can help me with:
*** I have removed the two sling studs from the stock, I'll never use a sling and I don't want the protrusions of the studs while benchrest shooting off of bags or a front rest and rear bag. The forearm stud is a machine screw thread, the rear stock stud is about a #12 screw thread. I can't seem to find OEM screws from Tikka/Sako to replace the studs with? I'm sure I can find something that will work just fine, but I would rather have OEM …. any thoughts?
*** Should I bother to bed the synthetic stock now …. or wait until I get a few hundred rounds down her. Does bedding a synthetic stock absolutely help with accuracy by reducing any flexing. I like to tinker, looks easy enough, your thoughts?
*** Will replacing the plastic trigger guard (bottom plate) absolutely help with accuracy? Makes sense that it might make the unit more ridged, help with any flexing that might be occurring.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks;
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