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TIKKA MODEL 512S/ITHACA LSA-55

Discussion in 'Valmet and Tikka' started by ohiochuck, Feb 10, 2018.

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  1. ohiochuck

    ohiochuck Active Member

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    Hi!
    I am considering the purchase of either combination gun
    Questions- weight of this combination; 2.75" or 3 " chamber, is the trigger a set trigger & expected accuracy of the .222 Remington from this combination?
    Thanks!
    Jim

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    The Ithaca LSA-55 was a bolt action rifle made by Tikka. If you are referring to the Ithaca Turkey Gun on Gunbroker it is incorrectly named. The 512S is the current model combo gun marketed under the Tikka name but actually made in Italy under the Beretta umbrella by a company whose name escapes me right now. It is descended from the Valmet combo guns 212, 312, & 412. Tikka bought the tooling from Valmet & starting making the 412 around the late 90's or early 2000's, IIRC. I'm uncertain when production was moved to Italy, but am very certain I would not buy one made in Italy. The 512S is made to accept combo barrels as well as O/U shotgun barrels, so ALL the forearms are inletted for a 12 gauge barrel on the bottom. Not a good fit for the combo rifle barrel. There have also been numerous QC problems with the Italian guns including poor bbl to receiver fit & barrel regulation problems. Quality dropped considerably when production moved to Italy from everything I've read. Just my opinion, but you would be better served to find an older 412 made by Valmet or Tikka or buy the misnamed Ithaca Turkey Gun (as it is most likely a Tikka 412) than the newer 512. They weigh 8 lbs. or more, depending on how big the rifle bore is. I've not seen any with a set trigger, but they could have been offered that way. Accuracy is impossible to predict, but the Tikka made ones I have been around were more than adequate for their intended purpose. If you expect "benchrest" accuracy you should look elsewhere. I owned a Valmet 412 years ago & regret selling it, as they & the Tikka made 412's were high quality guns.
     

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