Reviewed By: Zachary F on 11/13/2016
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I ordered this rifle several months ago and have had a good opportunity to put several different loads through it to find what works best. I mounted a Leupold VX-3i mounted to the receiver with Talley rings, torqued to the correct inch/lbs, and secured with blue loc-tite thread locker. Nice scope, nice rings.
The rings that came with the rifle weren\'t bad, but Talleys are much better.
The loads I have tried so far have been:
Hornady #80904 American Whitetail 165gr.
Hornady #8093 SST 150gr
Remington Core-Lokt in both 150gr and 180gr
Federal Fusion F308FS1 150gr
The Federal Fusion produced the tightest groups at roughly 1/2\" at 50yds
The Hornady American White Tail 165gr produced the worst groups, at roughly 3-4\" at 50yds.
No idea why. Maybe a bad batch, or maybe the rifle didn\'t like that load. I have no idea.
The SST and 150gr Core-Lokt bullets took second place, and produced groups roughly the same size, and almost as good as the Federal Fusion.
The 180gr Core-lokts didn\'t shoot bad, but produced more felt recoil (duh).
A really nice, accurate rifle for the price. Finish was good, and the bolt runs fairly smooth.
Now, with that being said..
My only issue with this rifle are the cheap, plastic plugs they use to fill the threaded holes for the scope rings in the top of the receiver. I ended up having to drill them out with a 1/16\" drill bit because, being plastic and all, the screw heads stripped when I tried using a screw driver to remove them. At first I believed them to be cheap metal set screws. nope. they\'re plastic plugs which aren\'t even threaded, but still have a flat-head screw hole in the top. It ended up just being a PITA to remove them, and TIKKA should pony up the $.04 for actual metal set screws. I\'m just glad I didn\'t fubar the receiver threads in removing the stripped plugs.
Overall, I believe this to be a fantastic rifle for the price. With some good glass, it makes a very nice deer rifle.