Tikka Varmint vs. CTR – detail questions more or less
this is my very first post on this forum and I hope you experts can help me out.
I´m in the market for one of the two above guns. I did quite some reading over the past few days but some questions remain unanswered.
But first my story to give you a few insights:
Roughly ten years ago I did some precision shooting with a Winchester stealth which did a great job (hole in hole with Norma Jaktmatch). I had to quit because the shooting ranges were too far away.
Now, with a shooting range 15 minutes away (25-300 meter ranges) I want to start again and I something ….better.
I narrowed it all down from Remingtons over Howas to – finally – Tikkas.
Caliber-wise I went from 6.5×55 to .308. The reasons are .308 barrels don´t wear out as fast as 6,5×55, it´s slightly cheaper, you get more ammunition, it´s pretty much as precise as 6.5. Though, 6.5 shoots way softer than .308.
I guess that´s it for the story…
Now my questions on the guns:
The CTR comes with a metal bottom plate, 10 round metal magazine and a picatinny rail. Those are nice features, especially since the gun is just 100 Euros more expensive than the Varmint. Even more, I can get it with a 60 cm (24″) barrel free of charge if I want. What I couldn´t find on the Tikka website was a word about the stock.
For the Varmint Tikka clearly states, it is a free floating barrel. No such description for the CTR! Does anybody know if the CTR has a free floating barrel?
Next one: Does anybody know if there are differences in the barrel? Thickness? Contour?….in the end precision. Advice would be highly appreciated!!!
Which gun would you buy? CTR (long barrel) or Varmint?
Any crazy guy out there talking me in 6.5×55?
I have the feeling, that I forgot at least two questions…will deliver later if they come back.
Many thanks in advance,
PS: Did you ever have any precision issues with your Tikkas?
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