New T3x in 7mm Mag
I just purchased my first Tikka, A stainless lite model in 7mm mag. This is to be used as a lightweight hunting rifle that I will be carrying a fair distance. I went to a Cabela's and my options were .308, 30-06, and 7mm mag. I already have too many .308s so my first choice was the 30-06. Unfortunately they only had one in stock and the barrel was badly off-center in the channel. So much so that it was making contact. I then asked the see the 7mm mag and while it was also off-center, it wasn't too bad and not making contact.
I happen to have a build going on at a gunsmith that will be a Bighorn action in an AICS AX chassis that will also be 7mm Mag so that will work out. That will not be a rifle I carry in the woods though as I expect it to weigh upwards of 20 lbs.
I was wondering what bullets I should try with the Tikka? It's a 9.5 twist so it severely limits my bullet options. I am looking for a high BC hunting bullet so I was thinking the 162 ELD-X, but am not sure if the 1-9.5 twist will stabilize that. Anyone have other bullet suggestions?
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