ModeratorMarch 21, 2014 at 5:20 am290 Bullseyes
I'd keep around the 50/55 grn bullet but you can try heavier just to see as some rifle have been known to be ok , I was going to try some 69grn in my .223 st/st super varmint but advised against it has the bullet might not be stable with that twist ,
MemberApril 5, 2014 at 2:16 am1 Bullseye
Think 40 or 45 grains would shoot ok out of that twist
MemberMay 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm1 Bullseye
I just recently purchased/shot one. I've been using various 55 grn loads and it is quite accurate. I decided to try out some semi-new technology with it and purchased the Nikon scope with laser range finding. Very cool though in my case totally unneeded.
Since the price of the gun is reasonable and I'm not that keen on the Tikka magazines (both material and size) I went with a new DBM (bottom metal) and AI mags. Bought 10 round, 5 round, and the 'plug' that makes it easy to single shot the gun. Very nice though the plug seems to place the round a bit too far bac to easily chamber when cycling the bolt.
I don't 'love' the synthetic stock. It is perfect of course but just doesn't have the feel of a beautiful hunk of walnut. I would have purchased the Hunter model but I couldn't easily find it in .223/Left Hand.
Finally, and back to your point, I have not yet experimented in the range of accurate loads with the gun. I have some 40 grn rounds to try, a bunch in 55 grn and will likely experiment up to 62 grn which I suspect is pushing it.
I think it's an excellent piece that would only have been helped by continuing to ship the 1:8 barrel. But I have only positive views of it.
MemberDecember 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm1 Bullseye
Just bought one today! I plan on shooting 50g most of the time. Maybe try the 69MK.
ModeratorDecember 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm290 Bullseyes
If your shooting paper try Berger 52 gr target imo there a little bit more money ( over here in Enland anyway) but shoot well and are easyer to get than other cheaper brands
MemberDecember 16, 2014 at 1:03 am1 Bullseye
My t3lite .223 has a 1 in 8 twist. I tried a box of Sierra 69gr and am well pleased with them. The gun is so easy to shoot and very accurate. The only thing I don't like is the short magazine, To get the best accuracy I have to single load the rounds because I have the bullets seated out too far for the mag. But I like the gun so I live with it. THIS VERIFICATION THING IS A PAIN IN THE BUTT!
MemberFebruary 5, 2015 at 5:15 am21 Bullseyes
I would not expect the 75 gr amax to work well at .223 velocities but if you try em let us know!
MemberFebruary 5, 2015 at 7:22 pm1 Bullseye
My Tikka 1:10 will shoot the Sierras 65 GK & 69 MK under .5″ Will not shoot the Hornady 68 gr Match which are longer. Have not tried the 75 grainers.
MemberFebruary 11, 2015 at 2:59 am1 Bullseye
I tried a box of Sierra 69gr. The only thing I don't like is the short magazine, To get the best accuracy I have to single load the rounds because I have the bullets seated out too far for the mag.
If that's your problem, you need to do some reading on this site. There are all kinds of posts, some with pictures, showing and explaining how to make it work.
MemberApril 4, 2015 at 10:01 am1 Bullseye
We like using 70grn Speer Sp in our 1-8 twist it seems to be working fairly well so far !!!LOL
MemberApril 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm105 Bullseyes
53gr Superformance Hornady shoots very well in both 10 & 8 twist barrels.
Fast pill will decent ballistics for just about everything.
MemberApril 17, 2015 at 4:33 am21 Bullseyes
I moan and cry when I see that Tikka only imports the 1:10 twist t3 light in .223 since I love faster twists. But I will acknowledge that the 1:10 twist works for lighter bullets and the quality seems to carry through. There will never be a video of a 1:10 twist hitting a milk jug at 1k yards, but there will be some of a similar gun hitting a target at 600 yds. So if we keep the bullets under 55 gr or so, then wow!
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