Tikka t3 in .223...magazine problem

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  1. airfoil

    airfoil Member

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    Hello all, new member here


    I have recently purchased a .223 T3 varmint and it's a tack-driver.

    My problem is the extended magazine (holds 6 rounds) will not reliably feed. It will not pick up the third or forth round. The cartridge will tip up too far and will not allow the bolt to push it in. The 4 round mag works fine...so far.

    There seems to be a small amount of wear to the front feed lips of this plastic magazine which allows the bullet to "porpoise" up too far.

    I have written Berretta and have purchased a new one which after about 60 shots developed the same symptoms.

    At this point I have taped some aluminum to the rear of the follower to keep the brass up high enough to load...a temporary fix, I'm sure.

    My questions..do any Sako mags work in a Tikka? Have any of you fellas heard of this before (it seems it is common).

    Thanks in advance for any and all replies
     

  2. topgear

    topgear Sako-addicted

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    Hi airfoil

    Welcome to the forum. It seems a common thing on many of the T3's sold out here in Australia. A mate had one with the same issue and you hear about it a bit. Beretta have been offering replacement mags but the problem seems to come back every few hundred rounds for many.

    I'm not aware of any sako mag that will fit the T3. I reckon someone will come out with a fool proof aftermarket mag soon as by all accounts and what I've seen the rifles are certainly tack drivers and very good value for the money. Its just a shame some seem to have the mag issue.
     
  3. airfoil

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    I was afraid of that...

    People here in the States talk about making a 10 round mag for the Tikka bottom metal, but no one has yet...

    I hear the other option is to install some AI type bottom metal and use their mags...but they are 10 rounds only...and just as expensive as Tikka.
    But at least they are reliable.

    I guess I'll use the 4 rounder for now, at least that one works as intended.

    Thanks Mate! (how's the weather down there? summertime and 75 here...:)
     
  4. airfoil

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    I have made a improvement it seems, taking the mag apart and stretching the back of the spring to give the follower about a 30 degree tilt downward in the front seemed to help. We will see...I've only racked about 20 rounds through, but I'm hoping...
     
  5. royr

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    Hello Airfoil,
    Now 4 years on and I do not know if you have resolved your T3 issues

    But, I had the same problem with my new Tikka T3 Super Varmint .223 polymer 6-round magazine (2016). Less than 200 rounds and the cartridge was mis-feeding because of "lip-wear" on the front of the magazine guide rails; the cartridge nose rode up and the head lowered where the bolt did not engage . Its a saga that's been running on the Stalking Directory for the last 18 months and I'm now on my 5th replacement T3 magazine, all under warranty. Fortunately a chap in Australia, "Mountainstalker" has come to my rescue and provided the information I required to resolve this issue with GMK who are the UK Importers.

    I Quote:- "The problem is calibre specific to .223 mostly. worst if you use Lapua brass. Lapua cases chew the plastic lips out as the bolt drives them forward. Tikka here (Australia) replace the original mags with steel lipped factory versions for a small fee. Beretta are well aware of the issue globally, It's been going on for almost 10 years now!" - Unquote

    Hope this helps in resolving your T3 magazine issue.
    Regards
    Royr
     
  6. 22Sako

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    I had the same problems with my 223 Tikka Tactical when using long 75 and 77 grain bullits. I converted to Accuracy International and MDT 223 (10 rnd) mags using appropriate floor plates (Badger M5 etc).
     

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