Lsa 55

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  1. chas

    chas Member

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    HI, this is my first post! I just purchased this LSA 55 #550-116717 tikka/Ithaca in .308, Bofors Barrel Steel on left side of barrel. It was on a used gun rack at a large sporting goods store.The gun guy gave me a discount on it because it had been there over 90 days.I payed 430.00 for it. Despite some very small flaws in the bluing and one slight dent in the stock it looks perfect.I am not an expert but I have been a gun user for 30 years and I don't think this pretty little thing has ever been fired. It has the rather rude rings that came with it,one 6-32 hole was striped so I welded it up and re drilled and taped and cold blued it.It has a scope,a Redfield 4x that also looks vary nice.I know that Sako anb Tikka were competing companies but they look vary similar. Finn style? The finish on the metal looks a mile deep. I'm looking forward to shooting it soon,I guess I'll need to brake in the barrel!

     

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    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    Congratulations on the good buy and welcome to SCC. That rifle should be very accurate and very pleasant to shoot. I can't tell you if you have the original Tikka rings or not. I don't think they are but could be wrong. One of the best handling and pointing rifles I will ever own was a LSA 55.- Misako
     
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    Thanks.
     

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    Nice looking gun. I've started up buying these LSA's. Very smooth actions and very accurate. I would say they are just as nice as the old sako's. I've got quite a few sako's and think these stack up considerably well. I've got a deluxe in 243 and a standard in 308 and a standard in 22-250. Love the palm swell on these guns, not to mention some pretty nice wood, and beautiful mile-deep bluing.
     
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    Hello Chas,
    Great choice the LSA 55. The LSA 65 with the longer action is also a very fine rifle. I nearly bought an LSA 55 in .223 Rem last year, but a H.B. Sako L579 .308 Win got in the way! The Tikka LSA 55 & 65 do not fetch big money over here in Gt - Britain, and because of this, one can often pick up a bargain.
    By the way did you know that Tikka translated means Woodpecker!
    I wish you good hunting with your lovely Tikka 55 rifle.
    Best Wishs Blackjack AKA Mike { The Limey }
     
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    Thank's all.I'm looking for a M65 or lsa 65 to make a set.I wonder what cals they were made in.
     

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    Chas
    My father-in-law had a 300 Winchester mag. and a 7mm Rem mag. in LSA 65.
    Rick
     
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    Hi all. I am new to the forum and this is also my first post. chas that is a beautiful gun you there and from what I've read online while researching my LSA 65 in 30-06 you must have a deluxe model denoted by the rosewood on the end of the forestock and bottom of the pistol grip. I am fairly new to shooting and hunting and haven't even put 50 rounds through her yet but on my second trip to the range in a 4 shot group put 2 through the same hole at 100yards. I am very happy with the gun, sure you will be with yours.
     
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    Chas: Welcome to the forum and you got a great gun for a good price. Sako and Tikka are not competitors but rather members of the same family. Tikka was conceived to offer a good value rifle to the market at a lower price point based on a Sako-like barreled action. Good luck with the rifle and let us know how it shoots.
     
  10. stonecreek

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    Although Tikka and Sako are now owned by the same company (and I believe that their actual manufacturing facilities have also been combined), back when the LSA-55 was produced there was no connection between Sako and Tikka other than being products of the same relatively small country. To the extent that domestic sales in Finland were important to either company's bottom line, they were definately competitors at that time. They were also competitors in selling guns to the 800-pound gorilla, the U.S. sporting gun market, which is as large by itself as the rest of the world's sporting gun markets combined. So those two companies, along with another Finnish company, Valmet, did compete for sales "back in the day".

    Sako produced primarily products for consumers (I don't believe Sako had done any military production -- except for specialty sniper weapons -- since they Moisin-Nagant production ended), while Tikka also did a little business in military production, and Valmet did a little consumer and alot of military. Valmet's consumer business was mostly in shotguns, while its rifle line was mostly military (if my aging recollections are somewhere near accurate).

    I think that Ithaca was the original Tikka distributor, then I believe that Stoeger or some independent distributor began importing Tikkas under their own name when the marketing agreement with Ithaca ran out.

    Tikkas share the concept of a dovetail machined into the receiver as a scope mount with Sako. Other manufacturers which adopted this "integral base) method (although none of their dovetails are interchangable) were Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) of England (also imported as the Herter U-9), CZ of the Czech Republic, and America's own Ruger 77, Number 1, and 77/22.

    Tikka was also one of the first to offer a big, fat plastic knob on the bolt handle of their target model. I don't personally care for this feature, but several other manufacturers have copied it, and it appeals to some shooters.
     
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    Stone,that big fat knob was actually devised as a winter knob. Makes it easier to work the bolt while wearing mitts.
     
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    Chas;
    According to the Blue Book the LSA 65 was made in 25-06, 270win & 30-06. The Blue Book lacks quite a bit sometimes. Gun Traders Guide 18th edition also list the 6.5X55. As far as enotstehw's mention of the the 300 and 7 mag is news to me. Maybe the models with the Tikka name and not Ithaca came in more calibers?
    I noticed that you installed a bi-pod in that last pic, you may not want to leave it on there during long periods of storage cause it can and will F_ ck up the nice finish. Even though it has a thick rubber pad it don't matter.
    By the way you got a screaming deal on that beauty. Take care of it, they have been out of production for around 34 years. Don't loose the clip cause they are scarce as hens teeth.
    Woodman
     
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    Hello! I am a new member of this forum. I have used to hunt with Sako TRG22 for several years, very nice and accurate gun, but quite heavy to carry all day long. So I managed to found old Tikka LSA-55 cal. 222 (from the beginning of the 80's) in the last autumn. Much lighter riffle to carry.

    First I thought that it is not accurate because all group of bullit holes were very large (with 3,5 g bullit). Luckily I found that with 3,2 g it is working much better. Day before yesterday I was in the range. I shot 5 x 3 shots and with one shot I managed well, rest were not so good. The distance was 150 m. I have to practice more, I believe I am not used to shoot with so light riffle.

    How accurate are your old Tikkas? Could you keep accuracy more or less same when you are shooting several rounds?
     

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