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Freequently Asked Questions
I CAN’T GET MY RIFLE TO GROUP WHAT SHOULD I DO?
As any experienced rifle owner knows, one of the most enjoyable part of buying a new rifle is getting it to shoot as accurately as possible. If your rifle isn’t shooting to factory standards, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TIKKA T3 AND T3X?
The Tikka T3x is an improvement over the Tikka T3 due to the following changes:
• Modular stock
T3x has a new modular synthetic stock that has interchangeable pistol grips, making it possible to modify the angle of the grip. This allows for multiple shooting positions. Additional grips are sold separately. The T3x synthetic stock also has an additional attachment point which allows you to change the width of the stock’s fore-end.
• Improved grip
A grip that never slips. The T3x synthetic stock has a new asymmetrical grip pattern and shape that has been specifically designed to give a solid grip in all conditions.
• New recoil pad
T3x models come with a new recoil pad technology that reduces the impact of recoil on the shooter. The new robust pad allows you to fully concentrate on the accuracy of your shots.
• Stock noise reduction
T3x synthetic stocks now have a foam insert within the interior of the rear stock – this lowers the stock-generated noise and can help you keep your target in sight. (Not available for models with an adjustable cheek piece.)
• Redesigned ejection port
The new T3x receiver introduces a widened angular ejection port that makes it easier to feed one cartridge at a time.
• Improved rail attachment
Always keep the target in your sight. The T3x models have extra screw placements on top of the receiver so that you can robustly attach a Picatinny rail – even when using larger scopes.
• Metallic bolt shroud
Robustness and quality go hand in hand. Metallic bolt shroud covers and shields the rear of the bolt body and the firing pin.
• Steel recoil lug
This extra-strong lug has minimal deformation – even with larger calibers. Compared to aluminium, the steel lug doesn’t have strong imprinting qualities that would cause deformation when larger calibers are used.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SAKO FINNFIRE AND FINNFIRE II?
The original and legendary Sako Finnfire was built on a P94S action. The Finnfire II is built on the P04R action, which is the same action the Sako Quad is based on, however with a fixed barrel.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAKO 85S, A7S, QUADS AND TRGS?
Sako 85 – Centrefire rifle, 3 locking lugs, one piece bolt body, comes in 6 action lengths, all steel magazine – available in several models including Walnut, Synthetic, Stainless, Laminated and newly introduced Carbon Fibre stock.
Sako A7 – Centrefire rifle, 3 locking lugs, 2 piece bolt body, comes in two action lengths, polymers magazine with steel feed lips, available with either a Synthetic stock or new Roughtec textured stock.
IS THERE AN ACCURACY GUARANTEE ON A SAKO OR TIKKA RIFLE?
Absolutely. Sako 85 and A7’s have a 5-shot 1 M.O.A. @ 100m guarantee.
Tikka have a 5-shot 1 M.O.A. @ 100m guarantee with heavy barrel models (Varmint, Super Varmint, Tactical) or 3-shot 1 M.O.A @ 100m guarantee with all other models.
DO TIKKA AND SAKO RIFLES COME WITH FREE SCOPE MOUNTING RINGS?
Sako and Tikka T3x rifles do not but we do recommend Sako Optilock for its great quality and value for money.
Tikka T3 rifles come with a set of Optilock 1” alloy rings that suit a scope of up to 40mm objective lens size. An exception for this is the Tactical, Super Varmint and CTR models as they come standard with Picatinny rails. Battue models are also not sold with rings included as generally they are purchased for use with open sights only.
I CAN’T CHOOSE BETWEEN A 1-IN-12 AND 1-IN-8 RATE OF TWIST (ROT) FOR A .223 REM CALIBRE – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
The 1 in 12 ROT is by far the more popular twist rate here in Australia for the .223 Rem, as most factory ammunition is produced with 55grs or 50 grs projectiles. However if you plan to only shoot 60grs and above projectiles, you should consider a 1 in 8 twist as the faster twist will stabilize a heavier projectile better than the slower 1 in 12.
DO SAKO AND TIKKA RIFLES NEED TO BE RUN IN?
No. They are famous for their out-of-the-box accuracy. Sako and Tikka rifles have been run in at the Sako factory during proof and accuracy testing. It is good practice however to clean your barrel before firing for the first time as there may be some packing grease in your barrel.
Some bench rest shooters still insist on running the rifle in themselves. While it is not required it is of course not at any detriment to the rifle. Guidelines are as follows:
- Whilst sighting in your rifle for the very first time, before firing, clean the inside of the barrel with a cleaning rod and wipe dry with a clean patch until no packing grease is evident, then fire a shot – repeat the clean procedure after every shot for the first 5 shots together with some mild solvent, then clean once after the next 5 shots, then finally clean again after the next 10 shots (20 shots fired). Allow the barrel to cool between groups of shots (if you can’t hold the barrel with your bare hand, then it is too hot to shoot – let it cool first).
As Sako and Tikka barrels have been lapped several times at the Sako factory, you will find that your barrel should not foul easily – therefore this running in procedure is not as necessary as with other brands of rifles.
DO I NEED A SPECIAL PERMIT TO BUY A SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN IN AUSTRALIA?
You need to have a category C licence to be able to buy/own a semi-automatic shotgun in Australia. To purchase a semi-auto you must be:
1. A primary producer. The dealer usually applies on behalf of the customer for a B709A from the State Firearms Registry office. B709A must include:
• Customer full name and address
• Customer firearms licence number
• Firearm model description
• Firearm serial number