Just picked up this Tikka M65 Deluxe .270, purchased on Gunbroker. It has some seldom-seen features that put it on my "gotta-have" list. First, it's marked as an M65. The M55/M65 Tikkas were imported into the USA by Ithaca as "Ithaca LSA-55" or -65. So that makes it an unofficial import, probably a GI bringback but possibly via Canada. The feature that really excited me was the large bolt knob. This was an uncommon option on Euro-market Tikkas, to make the bolt easier to operate with gloves. This appealed to Finnish hunters, among others. Years ago I had another M65, a .30-06, with the large knob. When I moved from Virginia to Arizona, a friend begged me to sell it to him and like a fool, I did. It's one of the few times I've ever regretted selling a gun. So ever since then, I've been on the lookout for another M55 or M65 with the large bolt knob and this is the first one I've found. The sights are another interesting feature. As is the case with L-series Sakos, few Deluxe grade M55/M65 Tikkas in the US market were equipped with sights. The standard grade sporters, on the other hand, all or almost all had sights. Unfortunately, some previous owner has removed the rear sight blade and front sight hood, so I'll have to scour eBay, parts sellers, etc. to find the missing parts. In the meantime, I'll probably remove the sights and put plug screws in the holes until I find the parts. Finally, there is the stock. This is the first time I've seen a Tikka Deluxe with a matte or satin finish on the wood. US-market rifles generally were shipped with high-gloss poly finishes. At first I thought maybe it was refinished, but after consulting Arma Fennica and reviewing some photos posted on the forum by Canadian Tikka owners, I believe the finish is original. The shape of the stock is also subtly different from earlier Tikkas. The lines are softer and more rounded, and it has fine-line checkering rather than the flat-top, skip-line checkering of the earlier Tikka (and Sako) Deluxes. It also has a checkering panel on the bottom of the forend, the first time I've seen that feature on any Tikka or Sako. The rifle is late production, probably 1986. This is significant because that's 3 years after Sako bought Tikka, and the change to the stock very much resembles the changes Sako made in changing from the L series to the A series. Look carefully and you'll see the single lines in certain corners of the pattern, as found in some A-series Sakos. Arma Fennica gives the last date of M65 production as 1985 and the last number in the 77xxx range, but this gun is a good 8000 numbers past that. The rifle came to me without a scope. I added a 3-9x Redfield because I had it handy and it fit the original Tikka low rings for the M65. I don't know when the Redfield was built but I'd say it's reasonably contemporary to the rifle. I now have three M55/M65 Tikka Deluxe rifles: an M55 in .222, an M55 in .308, and the M65 in .270. Each is a little bit different. The .222 has flat-top checkering and shiny varnish, the .308 has fine-line checkering and shiny varnish, and the .270 has fine-line checkering in a somewhat different pattern and a matte finish. Here are some photos of the M65. This is a very bad photo of the .30-06 mentioned in the post, which I sold about 18 years ago. Taken with a first-generation digital camera. They have improved, haven't they? And here's the M55 .308. Scope is a 3-9x Redfield Widefield in Conetrol mounts. And finally, the M55 .222. The odd-looking recoil pad is to restore the length of pull after some previous owner cut the stock down for a very small person. Scope is a 12x Burris in factory Tikka rings.