which Tikka best for high BC bullets, long range hunting?Posted by m_freeman on August 17, 2011 at 6:33 am
I am looking to buy another Tikka and am looking for a long range hunter (deer) that can seat the high BC VLD bullets without losing case capacity. What do you guys think 6.5×55 , .270 win , 7 rem mag, 270 wsm?
MemberAugust 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm1 Bullseye
If it were me I would go with the 270wsm. I would buy a long action mag for the extra room and modify the bolt stop if needed to allow for use of the longer mag. I currently have a T3 in 270win really want to rebarrel to wsm as I had one in a Remington rifle and loved the round, but the Rem is being setup for Fclass as funds permit.
AdministratorAugust 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm15 Bullseyes
I agree with Jhopkins
My 270wsm has performed extremely well. I'm designing a VLD kit to easily allow the longer VLD bullets that work amazingly well in the Tikka.
Currently I am testing the 165 Matrix 270 bullets that have a bc of .72
The knock down power of the 140 and 150 Bergers is extremely impressive!
MemberAugust 19, 2011 at 5:32 am1 Bullseye
I have the 7mm-08 Tikka T3 light and I am totally sold on this design, (weight) I want to get a little flatter shooting and a little more range. Want to move up to a little more powerful cartridge combined with the high BC VLD bullets, however I am unfamiliar with mag lengths and OACL and how that works out. I keep reading that you lose case capacity or end up with a single shot as they wont feed from standard mags. It would be great to find a way to modify the 7mm-08 to shoot the 162 AMAX at higher velocities, or have it rechambered to .280 I wonder how much trouble it is to rechamber the 7mm-08 to .280 ? Ideally the goal is to end up with a light affordable deer rifle capable of 600 yard effective range shooter if shooter able of course. I see the potential calibers as 6.5 x 55 .270 .270 wsm and a rechamber of 7-08 to .280. I think the .280 would be the most flexible cartidge of all.
AdministratorAugust 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm15 Bullseyes
VLD bullets and the standard magazine is a tough combination. Some will work, but some will be too long.
I am actually working with some prototype mags that will allow seating VLD bullets with ease. Currently, I am seating the 165 Matrix bullets to 3.066 with room to spare in my 270 WSM.
On the 7mm platform, you are right that a 280 would be very versatile. What would be even more versatile is a straight 284 Winchester. Same performance as a 280 but shorter so you would not run out of room with 168 or 180 VLDs.
Once these magazines I am working with go into production, it will solve much of the problems we are seeing with limited coal in the Tikkas.
MemberAugust 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm1 Bullseye
is it possible to convert the 7mm-08 to a straight .284 win? I assume it wouldn't be too difficult as it is already a long action just has some type of bolt stop now that a gunsmith could modify and of course a rechamber. Then I could buy the stock long action mags or custom built.
AdministratorAugust 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm15 Bullseyes
Piece of cake actually.
Your smith will need to rechamber the barrel.
The bolt stop will need to be filed back.
A long action mag like you stated and you're good to go.
The standard long action mag might need to have the lips opened up a bit since the 284 is fatter than a 30-06. Other than that it is all pretty straight forward.
Keep everyone posted!
MemberAugust 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm1 Bullseye
I am using the 6,5×55 AI with Norma 130 grains VLD, and there is certainly spare room for a number of millimeters more.
So the Bergers could without any problems be used.
My 6,5 and my TRG338 have the same ballistics out to 1000 meters and that is 8,5mils.
I think that is pretty decent, and yes the 338 could be working harder by using 300 gr bullets, but I don't have the barrel for that.
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