Tikka CTR - Found my new .308

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Tikka CTR - Found my new .308

Post by Lorgar » 22 Jan 2014, 1:41 pm

I've been thinking about swapping my Hawkeye .308 for a while now. It shoots good, but has a few imperfections.

Length of pull is about a cm too long (for me, not the rifles fault) and it's slightly front heavy.

I was thinking of dropping down to a 7mm-08 for the recoil benefit too. I broke my shoulder reeeeal good a while ago, taking a few shots hunting is fine, but .308 is borderline uncomfortable for me at the range when shooting more than a handful of shots.

If I was going to stick with a .308 I was thinking about a Tikka Hunter Fluted which has a straight end barrel that I could get a clamp on brake for. But I'm not really keen with mucking about with a clamp on...
Or a Ruger Scout, but TBH accuracy for them isn't great in my experience. I could only use it for moderate range hunting and it would be useless at the range.

Just found this though - The Tikka CTR is a new model for 2014 and looks like a proper 'all purpose' rifle judging by the specs.

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.308 + threaded barrel for a screw-on brake, easier to screw on/off that muck about with multiples screws and torque etc. with a clamp on brake.
20" semi-heavy barrel for accuracy, shorter barrel for the scrub is usefull and it will surely be a lot more accurate than the Scout and still good for fun at the range.
3.4kg so only about 300grams heavier than my Ruger for carrying around, but will be better balanced which I prefer. Won't be anything like lugging a 700 SPS Tactical around.
Raised cheek plate is nice too.

Good for a hunt, good for the range. I think I've found my new rifle.

What do you reckon?
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Post by Chronos » 22 Jan 2014, 2:56 pm

whats a "propper brake" does a screw on brake perform better than a clamp on brake?

tikka already produces rifles with 20" threaded barrels but it's near impossible to get one in australia, lets hope this one is imported by beretta

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Post by Monty » 22 Jan 2014, 4:25 pm

Nothing wrong with clamp-on brakes.

HSS do a highly regarded clamp on that tonnes of people use.

Others too I'm sure.
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Re: Tikka CTR - Found my new .308

Post by Lorgar » 22 Jan 2014, 4:29 pm

Chronos wrote:whats a "proper brake" does a screw on brake perform better than a clamp on brake?


Edited my post to be worded better. I shouldn't have said "proper", nothing wrong with a clamp on muzzle brake... If I were to get a braked rifle I would want it with a 1 piece brake which I can easily screw on/off - Not a clamp on one with 4 screws and having to worry about torque settings etc.

Screw on is just more convenient.

Chronos wrote:tikka already produces rifles with 20" threaded barrels but it's near impossible to get one in australia, lets hope this one is imported by beretta


I dunno about that. Is that the 'varmint' you're talking about?

I spoke to Magnum Sports about this today and he mentioned it as being similar to the CTR. Said he had one in stock and could order more if I wanted a different calibre?

Didn't seem to be a problem? Unless we're talking about something else...
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Post by Chronos » 22 Jan 2014, 4:51 pm

Lorgar wrote:
Chronos wrote:whats a "proper brake" does a screw on brake perform better than a clamp on brake?


Edited my post to be worded better. I shouldn't have said "proper", nothing wrong with a clamp on muzzle brake... If I were to get a braked rifle I would want it with a 1 piece brake which I can easily screw on/off - Not a clamp on one with 4 screws and having to worry about torque settings etc.

Screw on is just more convenient.

Chronos wrote:tikka already produces rifles with 20" threaded barrels but it's near impossible to get one in australia, lets hope this one is imported by beretta


I dunno about that. Is that the 'varmint' you're talking about?

I spoke to Magnum Sports about this today and he mentioned it as being similar to the CTR. Said he had one in stock and could order more if I wanted a different calibre?

Didn't seem to be a problem? Unless we're talking about something else...


yeah they make a varmint MT, 20" threaded barrel' i ordered one once, 8 months later i was told there was no eta for its manufacture so i took a standard varmint

the tactical also has a threaded barrel and i believe the sako trg brakes fit them but im not sure how the brake is indexed to ensire it's right side up

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Post by steyroy » 23 Jan 2014, 8:16 am

Chronos wrote:The tactical also has a threaded barrel and i believe the sako trg brakes fit them but im not sure how the brake is indexed to ensire it's right side up


If you got a radial brake I assume you can just screw it on and it's fine wherever?
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Post by Chronos » 23 Jan 2014, 8:34 am

steyroy wrote:
Chronos wrote:The tactical also has a threaded barrel and i believe the sako trg brakes fit them but im not sure how the brake is indexed to ensire it's right side up


If you got a radial brake I assume you can just screw it on and it's fine wherever?


To my knowledge radial brakes are terrible to shoot probe because of the amount of dirt they blow up

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Post by Tinked » 23 Jan 2014, 9:49 am

steyroy wrote:If you got a radial brake I assume you can just screw it on and it's fine wherever?


Yep, they just disperse the gas evenly in every direction.
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Post by Tinked » 23 Jan 2014, 9:51 am

Chronos wrote:To my knowledge radial brakes are terrible to shoot probe because of the amount of dirt they blow up


Depends on the ground and wind I guess.

A little dust getting blow away quickly wouldn't be a bother.

If its going up and blown straight back into your face that's going to get old quick.
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Post by maxi » 23 Jan 2014, 10:29 am

Looks good to me.

Did you manage to get a price on this Lorgar?
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Post by Triang » 23 Jan 2014, 10:44 am

Looks better than a Ruger scout to me. No comparison...

Good luck on them getting one in for you. Hopefully the US export junk doesn't get in the way.
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Post by zook60 » 10 May 2014, 12:54 pm

So has anyone actually got pricing on one of these? or an ETA?
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Re: Tikka CTR - Found my new .308

Post by Lorgar » 11 May 2014, 8:38 am

Some time off still it seems.

I searched and waited for a few months, called around locally and at a few interstate dealers and got no where.

Gave up waiting in the end and got my 7mm-08 instead.
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Post by zook60 » 17 May 2014, 7:31 pm

Ok so I talked to my dealer today. He has actually ordered one of these in 308.

We will see them towards the end of the year and they will be around $1450.

He actually said they are building them as a direct competitor for the Ruger gun site.
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Re: Tikka CTR - Found my new .308

Post by AusC » 18 May 2014, 8:36 am

Blokes are selling the Ruger Scout for more than they bought them for.

They're $1,200 new or something. I've seen a few seconds hand ones going for $1,300, $1,400.

A new Tikka which retails for that is going to give them a run for their money.
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Post by Wes » 18 May 2014, 8:37 am

And with Tikka's reputation for accuracy.

Not so much for Ruger... Yep, if it's competing against the Scout I think it'll have a few wins.
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Post by zook60 » 18 May 2014, 9:03 am

AusC wrote:Blokes are selling the Ruger Scout for more than they bought them for.

They're $1,200 new or something. I've seen a few seconds hand ones going for $1,300, $1,400.

A new Tikka which retails for that is going to give them a run for their money.


There is a scout on used guns now that $950 with a red dot and only 100 rounds down the tube hasn't sold yet.

Another with 2 mags in new condition $1000 and not sold either.

You always get the dreamers on used guns asking way to much.Normally what they are asking at hat it actually sells for are 2 different things just like used cars. I have seen plenty advertised on forums for $800 and sit for a while. Don't get me wrong I think they are a great concept and Im keen to shoot one.

The biggest problems with Ruger at the moment seems to be availability. I have heard they are up to 2years behind .

The new Tikkas will win the battle as if the action wasnt smooth enough they will have a teflon coasted bolt and a TRG mag :evil:

I'm wondering if it will be top loadable?
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Post by AusC » 18 May 2014, 10:09 am

Ebb and flow I guess.

Haven't looked for a few months since I saw them selling for more.
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