Tikka Records

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  1. John D

    John D Member

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    Is there a source for Tikka records.. I recently found a M695 with a serial number that is after those listed on the “older Tikka models” listing on the Tikka.if site. I can’t seem to find anything listed for models after this list but before the Beretta ownership. Any help out there.. The scope is an’88 Leupold but that appears to be older than the rifle. The serial is 899012. There are no markings on model other than “M695”. I know there were several models in that family.

    Thanks for the help

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    695 was the long action. 595 was the short action. I assume they were made in standard & deluxe configurations. They were the models that preceded the current T3. I know of no source to obtain Tikka factory production data. That's all I know about the 95 series Tikkas.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Tikka and Sako only became associated after Beretta bought both companies. Eventually, Beretta shuttered the Tikka factory and integrated Tikka production at the Sako factory in Riihimaki.

    As Paulson says, we know of no records available on Tikkas. The Ithaca Gun company once sold Tikka rifles under its name (Models LSA-55 and LSA-65, I think), however since Ithaca itself is long-since out of business I doubt there being any records available from that source.
     
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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Actually, Sako acquired Tikka in 1983 and Valmet was merged into Sako in 1987. At that time Sako was owned by Nokia, the cellphone and tire manufacturer. Beretta purchased the Sako-Valmet company in 2000.

    The Ithaca LSA-55 and LSA-65 were US-market versions of the Tikka M55 and M65. Records on these would not be relevant to the 695 even if available, as the M55/65 series was succeeded by the 558/658 series and then the 595/695. Neither the 558/658 nor the 595/695 was marketed by Ithaca. If memory serves me correctly, the 595/695 were produced in the 90's and the change to the T3 took place around 2000. The T3 was definitely in production when I visited the Sako factory in 2003.
     
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    John D Member

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    Thanks for the info.. I had found the catalog below but without dating my serial I didn’t know how the catalog below relates to my rifle... note that mine doesn’t line up exactly with any single feature combinations shown..

    tikka.fi/sites/default/files/Tikka_catalogue2002.pdf

    Thanks again
     
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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    I'm sure that's a European market catalog. No US importer is listed, the lineup doesn't match what was available in the US, and few if any 595/695 rifles sold here had open sights. My 695 in 6.5x55 does not.
     

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