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    Tikka 3 lite 270

    Just bought a Tikka 3 today, and was told by the salesperson the 270 would be good for target shooting especially long range like 1k.
    I have been to the range today and fired standard ammo $40 for 20, Hormandy American Whitetail. Was not that impressed with the results as yet, granted I only fired 28 rounds.

    First I used about 10 rounds to really zero the rifle in at 100m, then me and a mate had 5 rounds each at the bull. Which made it hard to tell what any type of grouping was like. Once that was done I patched up the holes and fired a 4 round group which was 1.4 moa and then fired 4 rounds at 200m and the grouping was 3.7moa.
    There was little wind and it was a reasonably hot day.

    What should I expect with a new rifle? I know Tikka guarantee a 3 shot 1 moa.
    I am a decent shot, and can get between 1moa and 2moa all day in those conditions with a .22 at 100m, so I expected quite a bit better with a Tikka 270.
    Am I being unrealistic?

    Also, it wasted my shoulder today firing the rifle, Is there a way for to not have a bruised shoulder after firing 20 rounds?
    Am I doing something wrong, or is that what you have to put up with with a 270 calibre?

    Cheers guys, any feedback would be welcomed.

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    Tikka 3 lite 270

    Sell it. Fast
    Did the salesman have any other words of wisdom?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BRADS View Post
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    That sounds a bit drastic.

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    Sell it, I have a friend with a .270 T3. Only can describe him as "poor bastard" or "dumb bastard"

    Leaning towards "dumb bastard" because he's had it for a couple of years now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    Sell it, I have a friend with a .270 T3. Only can describe him as "poor bastard" or "dumb bastard"

    Leaning towards "dumb bastard" because he's had it for a couple of years now
    Why, whats so wrong with the Tikka 270?

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    lightweight rifle + 270 calibre = plenty recoil

    the sales man deserves a 270 enema for telling you that 270 is a good LR target calibre...

    you could put a limbsaver recoil pad on it, that does wonders for reducing felt recoil

    what type of rest where you shooting off of ? i'd get a person who is a competent shot fire a string from a solid rest before deciding the rifle is a dud. could also be that your rifle does not like that type of factory ammo.

    On your target was the group all over the place, vertical stringing or horizontal stringing ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    lightweight rifle + 270 calibre = plenty recoil

    the sales man deserves a 270 enema for telling you that 270 is a good LR target calibre...

    you could put a limbsaver recoil pad on it, that does wonders for reducing felt recoil

    what type of rest where you shooting off of ? i'd get a person who is a competent shot fire a string from a solid rest before deciding the rifle is a dud. could also be that your rifle does not like that type of factory ammo.
    A front bag and back bag.
    It jumps quite a bit on the front bag that's for sure.
    So what is a 270 good for?

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    You can overcome the felt recoil with decent shooting technique, T3 stock is not exactly helpful there - use cheapest ammo, get cheapest result. It is possible your rifle just doesn't like the bullet weight- I have a .270 that will only go inch at 110yds with 110 and 130gn, but will go 1/4" with 140 and 150gn, you really need to experiment, if you are going to use factory ammo, try Hornady loads, Hornady seem pretty good at making their factory stuff work. Tikka rifles are cheap, but seldom a dud straight out of the blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    lightweight rifle + 270 calibre = plenty recoil

    the sales man deserves a 270 enema for telling you that 270 is a good LR target calibre...

    you could put a limbsaver recoil pad on it, that does wonders for reducing felt recoil

    what type of rest where you shooting off of ? i'd get a person who is a competent shot fire a string from a solid rest before deciding the rifle is a dud. could also be that your rifle does not like that type of factory ammo.
    +1

    That said tho the 270 is well capable of shooting 1000y even if there are better choices.

    It should not be bruising your shoulder if you have a good position and good hold, which is probably most of your accuracy problems right there(position and hold/maybe flinching)

    3.7moa at 200 is about 7.5 inches,it should certainly do better than that.

    Give it a dam good clean and check the recoil lug is properly fitted in scope is mounted correctly and not loose etc.

    Fitting a limbsaver would certainly help your shoulder which will probably help your shooting too.

    If at all possible get someone who can shoot well at your range to shoot it for you,simplest way to eliminate the rifle at fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 257weatherby View Post
    You can overcome the felt recoil with decent shooting technique, T3 stock is not exactly helpful there - use cheapest ammo, get cheapest result. It is possible your rifle just doesn't like the bullet weight- I have a .270 that will only go inch at 110yds with 110 and 130gn, but will go 1/4" with 140 and 150gn, you really need to experiment, if you are going to use factory ammo, try Hornady loads, Hornady seem pretty good at making their factory stuff work. Tikka rifles are cheap, but seldom a dud straight out of the blocks.
    I could well be jumping the gun, just wanted to hear what some experienced shooters thought about it.
    Would a suppressor help with recoil too?
    I was just a little shocked at the 3.7moa at 200m, and that wasn't just one bad shot that let the group down, all 4 shots were not close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackangus View Post
    So what is a 270 good for?
    hunting medium to large game out to about 400/500 yards - few shots with a lot of energy. it is a very good "all-round" hunting cartridge, same as 30-06.

    target shooting = lots of repetitive firing, you want a heavier rifle in a calibre with less recoil

    270 also takes a fair amount of powder, so once you start reloading, you will be faced with 2 additional problems : more powder to achieve what you could be doing with a short action, and less projectile choice as opposed to 30cal or 6.5mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    +1

    That said tho the 270 is well capable of shooting 1000y even if there are better choices.

    It should not be bruising your shoulder if you have a good position and good hold, which is probably most of your accuracy problems right there(position and hold/maybe flinching)

    3.7moa at 200 is about 7.5 inches,it should certainly do better than that.

    Give it a dam good clean and check the recoil lug is properly fitted in scope is mounted correctly and not loose etc.

    Fitting a limbsaver would certainly help your shoulder which will probably help your shooting too.

    If at all possible get someone who can shoot well at your range to shoot it for you,simplest way to eliminate the rifle at fault.

    Sorry guys, I meant 3.7 inches at 200m, and 1.4 inches at 100m.
    Was expecting to be within 2 inches at 200m.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    hunting medium to large game out to about 400/500 yards - few shots with a lot of energy. it is a very good "all-round" hunting cartridge, same as 30-06.

    target shooting = lots of repetitive firing, you want a heavier rifle in a calibre with less recoil

    270 also takes a fair amount of powder, so once you start reloading, you will be faced with 2 additional problems : more powder to achieve what you could be doing with a short action, and less projectile choice as opposed to 30cal or 6.5mm
    Looks like I made quite a big mistake on buying this rifle.

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    T3 is a good rifle
    270 is a good calibre
    Shooting stuff at 1000 yards is dumb.
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    Yep nothing wrong with it. 1.4" is perfectly fine for hunting. A suppressor will help with recoil a lot.
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