Need a gunsmith for barrel swapPosted by vixty on February 3, 2015 at 4:26 am
I'm looking to swap out a sporter barrel on my t3 for a heavy barrel and was wondering if yall know of a good tikka gunsmith and a rough estimate on the cost. I'm thinking either a 223 or 243.
MemberFebruary 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm1 Bullseye
Those two calibers have different bolt faces, thus requiring 2 different actions, or donor rifles.
Do you already have an existing rifle you want to re-barrel, or are you planning on buying a donor…THEN re-barreling?
Where are you at, and are you also aware of shipping costs both ways?
Cut, chamber, crown is about $250.
MemberFebruary 5, 2015 at 4:52 am21 Bullseyes
Yea like Yukonal said, what are you starting with? It's often cheaper to find a donor gun in the same caliber class (I mean bolt face size) than machine your smaller boltface to fit with all the replaced extractors and whatnot.
MemberFebruary 6, 2015 at 4:17 am1 Bullseye
I'm really looking to build a 6.5 creedmoor so a donor will be in order. Ive seen a few go used in the mid 400's. I'm stuck between a .243, 6.5 creedmoor or 300wsm.
MemberFebruary 15, 2015 at 5:22 am1 Bullseye
I've heard really good things about the CTR in .260 Rem which is really close to a Creedmoor. Don't know if the factory barrels are enough for what you're looking to do, but anything with the same bolt face as a .30-06 should work, since that's what most of the cases were developed from.
Tikka likes simple. Just on the available models of this years Hunter there are 7 cartridges that use the same bolt face. Which probably means the same bolt. IIRC Tikka just puts a shorter bolt stop in for the shorter models.
MemberFebruary 17, 2015 at 6:49 am1 Bullseye
You are correct. I was thinking about finding a used up .223 varmint barrel and get it rebored to 6.5mm so it will be an easy swap. Has anyone tried this?
MemberFebruary 17, 2015 at 7:45 am1 Bullseye
It's probably just going to be easier to just get a good heavy contour barrel from a reputable manufacturer new and fit it to your existing T3 action than to try and find a used one and then have it bored out.
I haven't heard of anyone cutting new rifling into an existing barrel for a larger caliber. Cost would probably be more or less the same as cutting rifling into a new barrel.
MemberFebruary 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm1 Bullseye
JES Reboring out in Oregon will re-bore to a larger caliber. I have a T3 30-06 that I had re-bored to a 35 whelen and it shoots sub moa.
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