New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swede?

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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by Flyer » 04 Sep 2018, 4:31 pm

Tikkas have that covered with the extra metal on top of the action. While many complained about it being hard to feed and extract through the small ejector hole - and Tikka answered this with the new T3X having a larger hole - some believe the company went backwards by opening up the ejector and making the action, if not a bit weaker, at least not as stiff as the old Tikka T3 action. Action strength is one thing I wouldn't worry about in a Tikka. The thing I'm not so keen on is all that wasted real estate (added weight, length etc) and bulky magazines when chambered in .223 etc. But it's really just cosmetic, coz they shoot!
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by PaddyT » 06 Sep 2018, 11:38 am

Just put a deposit on the CTR in 6.5 cm, ive gone with the 20 inch barrel , but ive just read some stuff that 6.5cm will go better with a longer (24inch) barrell but am unsure if that will make much of a difference with the useage im going to have for it (mainly hunting)- I can change the order in the next couple of days so thoughts are appreciated
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by in2anity » 06 Sep 2018, 5:12 pm

PaddyT wrote:Just put a deposit on the CTR in 6.5 cm, ive gone with the 20 inch barrel , but ive just read some stuff that 6.5cm will go better with a longer (24inch) barrell but am unsure if that will make much of a difference with the useage im going to have for it (mainly hunting)- I can change the order in the next couple of days so thoughts are appreciated


My thoughts - the CTR is by definition a 20” - not sure if you can even get it in 24”? The alternative is one of the other t3s in 24”. Of course the 6.5cm is amongst the highest BCs, meaning retained velocity is maximized (helps delay when the round goes transonic), this is where a longer barrel can be advantageous for the longer burn thus higher muzzle velocity. Basically factors applicable to long range shooting. But also the 6.5cm has the added advantage of reduced recoil (compared to older cartridges). A 6.5cm with a decent muzzle brake allows a competent shooter to get their sights back on target before the round impacts, even at somewhat close ranges such as 300m. This allows a solo shooter to acquire some feedback and correct their follow-up shot accordingly. OFC this is not at all necessarily coupled to a 24” barrel - the 20” CTR (with a decent brake) is still pretty heavy, so I think it’ll dampen the 6.5cm recoil well enough. Different story for the 308 CTR though - you need a spotter with that bad boy as she bucks.
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by Ziad » 06 Sep 2018, 8:59 pm

Muzzle break ftw. I reckon my rpr 308 had nearly sane recoil as my 6.5 without muzzle break
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Post by RoginaJack » 06 Sep 2018, 9:01 pm

marksman wrote:the tikka's are the go :thumbsup:


yep, no argument from me there... :clap: :clap: :friends:
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by in2anity » 06 Sep 2018, 9:06 pm

Ziad wrote:Muzzle break ftw. I reckon my rpr 308 had nearly sane recoil as my 6.5 without muzzle break

6.5cm feels like a heavy .243 pill to me - with a brake in a heavy rifle there’s sfa boot, that’s why they’re so damned popular for silhouette - highest BC pills still got enough oomph to topple the rams
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by PaddyT » 07 Sep 2018, 8:11 am

I also thought that the CTR only came with a 20 " barrell but it does come with a 24" - Beretta have them in stock - even in a leftie, im not keen on the idea of a break as I already have a nice case of tinnitus and really dont need to damage my hearing any more, ive shot a 243 before so with this being a 9lb plus rifle once its kitted out I am thinking recoil should be pretty managable without a break- anyway - has anyone got any thoughts on the 20 vs 24 incher?
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by SCJ429 » 07 Sep 2018, 8:41 am

You will lose about 80 fps with a 20 inch barrel compared with a 24 inch barrel using a 140 grain projectile. If you are hunting at ranges under 500 metres you won't miss it. The shorter barrel will be handy in the bush and aids short range accuracy. Well done getting the Tikka, you will have lots of fun with it. If the trigger is too heavy, a $20 Yo Dave trigger Spring is all you need.
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by in2anity » 07 Sep 2018, 8:48 am

PaddyT wrote:I also thought that the CTR only came with a 20 " barrell but it does come with a 24" - Beretta have them in stock - even in a leftie, im not keen on the idea of a break as I already have a nice case of tinnitus and really dont need to damage my hearing any more, ive shot a 243 before so with this being a 9lb plus rifle once its kitted out I am thinking recoil should be pretty managable without a break- anyway - has anyone got any thoughts on the 20 vs 24 incher?

The 20" is around .79" at the muzzle, if the 24" has the same profile, it will be a fairly heavy rifle. My 20" CTR is 4.2kg (scoped) and even that I find noticeably heavy to carry - I like to be under 4kg for a carry rifle. So it really depends on your intended use - the 24" will shine if you're shooting long range (700m+), but outside of that, the 20" will probably be a more appropriate "all-rounder".
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Re: New Tikka CTR in 6.5 manbun or Tikka Varmint in 6.5 Swed

Post by PaddyT » 07 Sep 2018, 9:20 am

Yep cool thats what i thought, will stick with the 20" .
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