Suggestions for T3 that won’t shoot
My wife purchased a new Tikka T3 Lite SS in 30:06 2 years ago. It sat in the gun safe for about a year and we finally got around to putting a scope on it and went out to sight it in. Installed weaver bases and Burris rings and mounted a good Leupold scope on it. The first 2 shots were in the same hole but it hasn't shot a decent group since. We have a lot of rifles so this one went back in the safe and onto the back burner until recently when I went out to try it out again.
Tried ammo from at least 6 different brands and bullet weights from 150-180. Had 2 other good shooters try to shoot a group with it and we all got groups from 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 inches with only 1 sub MOA group out of 80+ rounds. Mounted another new scope on it about midway through (another Leopold VX3 CDS 4.5 – 14 X 40) and it didn't shoot any better with the second scope. Mounted the first scope on another rifle and shot a one-hole group – nothing wrong with the scope.
Started looking it over a little closer. The barrel is free-floated until you get within 2 1/2 inches of the receiver and then have contact with the stock. Pulled the barrel/action out of the stock and found the recoil lug looked worn (hmmm?). Tried putting the barrel/action back into the stock and it doesn't seat properly. It is apparent that the groove in the action isn't seating properly over the recoil lug – the barrel/action just sort of “rocks” back and forth over the lug.
Called Beretta Customer Service and found that the rifle is just over the 2 year warranty period (my bad for not getting to it sooner). Just ordered a new stainless steel recoil lug from Mountain Tactical but it is on back order for 2-3 weeks.
Even after I install the new recoil lug I am guessing the barrel will still not be free-floated for the first couple of inches if it isn't now. I am no gunsmith. I have successfully done some sanding on the stocks of other rifles and got them free-floated but I have never done a bedding job. Does this sound like something I can correct myself or should I be considering taking this thing to a gunsmith? I would like to try something different while I am waiting for the new recoil lug.
I have heard a lot of feedback on how accurate these Tikka's are but you couldn't prove it by this one.
Thanks for your suggestions.
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