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    Suggested factory ammo for

    Picking up my new T3X from Gunworks later this week then straight into 2 weeks holiday so need some factory ammo for sighting and first hunting trips.
    I know most on here will say reload something to suit but I'm absolutely new so that'll be way way way into future!
    It's 7mm Rem Mag. For now what do I try? Don't have chance this week to visit shops so limited to what they'll have when I collect it. According to their website have Hornady 139gr American Whitetail ($56), Feneral 150gr SP ($63), Hornady 139pr SST ($80) & Hornady 154gr SST ($82). Which do I start with? Or is there something else thats so so good in a standard Tikka that I should somehow get some?

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    i have some hornady factory ammo you could try,: hornady 162 grain sst
    pm me if you want some

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    What are you gonna shoot with it? At what range?
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    Once sighted in the wishful answer is deer and close.
    The often reality answer is nothing as every animal will be unseen or very far away!
    The somewhere between answer and hopeful that its the occasional reality is deer and sometimes chamois or thar at range 150-450m.
    The longer to 600m stuff will be well into future when have plenty of experience. Before then as close as possible but I'm being realistic how close I'll be able to get in open terrain. I'm saying those animals and distance as have bach at Lake Clearwater so it'll be used at least 80% of time in that mid Canterbury high country tussock, matagouri, Spaniards & scree.
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    No one can tell you what you gun will like even other tikka owners every rifle is different
    But remington coreloct and federal blue box are normally pretty safe bets for a good grab it and go hunting
    Found it shoots well enough in most rifles to satisfy the normal hunting use

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    My rifle likes the 154 SST, really likes!
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    For the likes of deer and Tahr etc I would be looking at bullet weights between 150- 162 gr, any of those Hornady bullets should be good its just a matter of finding one that shoots well in your rifle.
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    Thanks guys. Sounds like I can't go far wrong with whatever they stock or recommend and then over time try a few until get one that seems to suit the rifle best.

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    Ive never met a tikka that doesn’t like coreloct but there’s always the odd one out which is why I say we can’t tell you 100%

    Best to grab 3 or 4 packets and go to the range the rifle will soon tell you which one it prefer’s

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    I’d probably try the federal 150gn
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    Shut up, get out & start pushing!

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    Try a box of each that you mentioned and see what shoots best.
    Welcome to Sako club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogmatix View Post
    Try a box of each that you mentioned and see what shoots best.
    Limited funds so I don't want to waste money buying something that doesn't work for most people. Buying 20's and it being obvious after 6 that they're not working would get pricey real quick! By asking peoples opinions/experience I'm trying to limit the options, then I'll try a couple of types. I'll keep an eye out for part packs too.

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    You need to remember that people’s opinions are just that. They really have no idea what will shoot well in your rifle.
    Ammunition in the big scheme of things is small fry when compared to a $1500 rifle and what you spent on the scope.
    Trial and error is really the only way. Don’t look at any left over ammo (brands that your rifle doesn’t really like) as a waste, see it as practise time at the range for you to get used to your rifle. Which can only be a good thing.
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    Welcome to Sako club.

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    Understood, but doubt the Mrs will look at it that way

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    You can then sell the once fired brass on Trademe and make sure you tell the wife how much it sold for.
    ‘Wow, somebody just paid $xx for this fired brass! So the ammo is almost paying for itself!’
    (Only a little white lie).
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