Accuracy recipes for Tikka T3 Super Varmint in .223?

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  1. maximus otter

    maximus otter Member

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    I've just picked up a new-to-me Tikka T3 Super Varmint in .223 with a 1:8 twist barrel.

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    I'm looking for an accuracy recipe using the following components. Please note that these are givens; suggestions using other components are of no use to me:

    Lapua Match brass
    CCI BR4 benchrest primers
    Vihtavuori N133 (or N140) powder

    Initial results seem to indicate that the Tikka likes the Berger 52 grain HP bullet, so a tip that includes that as an ingredient would be particularly welcome.


    Seating depth is of particular interest to me, considering Tikka's eccentric mag design...

    maximus otter
     

  2. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    No one can give you a "magic formula" for YOUR rifle. What shoots in SOMEONE ELSE'S rifle is totally irrelevant with regard to how it will shoot on YOUR rifle. What YOUR rifle will like the best is UP TO YOU to determine by experimenting with powder charge & type, bullet weight & type, & OAL. The recommendations found in any reloading manual is a much better & safer approach to start with. Sorry, there are no short cuts.
     
  3. CVCOBRA1

    CVCOBRA1 Active Member

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    Limiting yourself to so few of your starting components puts you in a hole right off the start. With that 1 in 8 twist that 223 is going to perform better with bullets at 65g's or heavier. I would even say start at a good 68 g bullet and a powder that works in that area. If you are looking at shooting varmints pick a slug accordingly.
     
  4. pentzer

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    Hi, I have a Sako 75 with a 8 inch twist. The 52 gr. HPBT match bullets ahead of 28 gr of CFE 223 powder works very well for me. I have used Sierras, Speer, Hornady, all with good results.
     

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