New Tikka Owner

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  1. patio

    patio Member

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    Just purchased my first Tikka rifle. It is an Ithaca marked rifle in .308. The receiver is marked LSA-55 and the serial number is 550-116xxx. Would like to know the year of manufacture. Also, what is a good set of rings to get that will fit in the receiver grooves?


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    Pat
     

  2. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    In the Factory Records Service section there is a post from Feb. 15, 2017 by Treeman86 titled "Ithaca LSA 55-65 and Tikka LSA 55-65 serial number build data" that has a couple links that may help you.
     
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    The best rings for the LSA-55 are the factory Tikka rings that drop into the built-in dovetails. Unfortunately, in recent years they have become very hard to find. There were also some rings made in Australia that fit the Tikka dovetails. They are seldom seen here, but I did pick up a pair off Gunbroker last year. Note that the rings for the LSA-series guns (identical to the M55/M65 sold under the Tikka name in other markets) are NOT interchangeable with rings for the 595/695 and T3 rifles. As an alternative, most LSA rifles are drilled and tapped for aftermarket mounts. Check yours to be sure. Weaver makes an inexpensive mount that will work fine if you can't find any genuine Tikka rings or their Australian clones. You could also check to see if Warne or Talley makes anything suitable, but that would be at higher cost. You could also check New England Custom Guns, but anything from there would likely be very expensive.
     

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