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Hi, Jason McHann here from MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®, a very exciting day. 40 TAC A1s hit America last week. They were shipped out to a few dealers and we got one. So, we’re going to unbox it here. I’m sorry, it’s already spoken for. I really wish I could do a shooting review. When we get our next batch in, we’ll take it out and shoot it; but let’s unbox this and give you guys a first look. Right. Drum roll. Wow!

You know, I was a little worried about this. In my opinion, Tikka doesn’t do a great job packaging their rifles and as they’re entering into more of the premium rifle price point, it’s where they’re going to have that, kind of, broken styrofoam, [00:01:00] and just stuff that didn’t make the trip from Finland very well. But this is really nice. I mean everything is in here. There’s not a whole lot of wiggle room. The first thing I notice – so you’ve got a free magazine voucher here that you can get from Beretta here. There’s already a magazine in the rifle. So, that gets you two magazines. This is this is worth a lot. I mean, each of these magazines are $150. So, that’s good. Let’s see what we’ve got here.

Okay. It seems kind of like a CTR, standard CTR bolts. Yep, we are the Teflon coating on it. That steel molded bolts _____00:01:56 on here. There’s a little plastic oversized handle [00:02:00], but it’s the same thing we’d expect with the CTR. What have we got here? This is actually a pretty heavy box. Interesting! Okay. A tool kit! We have a shroud tool. Any of you guys who have ever popped your shroud off and accidentally un-sprung your firing pin assembly, this is the tool that allows you to easily put it back together. So, very cool to include that.

This must be for the action screws. What do we have here? A couple little screws. This is a QD a quick detach sling mount. [00:03:00] So, this must go into the – just be a modular piece that you can put in the different rails or in the slots in the bore end. A couple of Allen wrenches here. 

A whole bag of extra Allen screws, so let’s see what _____00:03:24. Oh, there’s another magazine. So, you have this magazine here, we’ve got this magazine plus your voucher, so you get three magazines with this rifle which is – I mean right there the two extra mags that are above and beyond the CTR puts you ahead $300. Stock spacers, Buttstock Spacers so you can adjust your link to pull. 

What do we have here? Oh! This is a TRG 22 muzzle brake. [00:04:00] So you guys, you know how expensive the TRG accessories are. A significant value point here. I don’t know the price off the top of my head. I want to say it’s around $100 to $125 for this muzzle brake. Obviously, the muzzle is already thread, so you’re good to go out of the gate. I’m not going to undo this tape here because this rifle is spoken for. But yeah, take my word for it. We’ve got a TRG muzzle brake sitting in here. So, I’m just going to set this aside. Of course, the fun part, the rifle.

Here you go. I really wish this was the shop rifle, so we could go out and shoot it; but as you’d expect from Tikka, [00:05:00] the fit and finish is spectacular. I mean this chassis – I mean no machine marks, just crisp. Really, really impressive setup. And talking to Mikka at SHOT Show they kind of copied the Ruger Precision® Rifle where they used an AR-10 style barrel nut. So, if you wanted – not every AR-10 Forend will fit on here, but I guess a select few like the Seekins or someone who uses a standard AR-10 barrel nut there you can swap out this rail. Thread protector on the muzzle, full Picatinny Rail. 

Now, just the nature of trying to mate the rail and the action [00:06:00] in the forend, This is zero MOA, but the kind of optic you’re going to put on this is going to have enough internal adjustment that you won’t be maximizing your optic, but this is a 6.5 Creedmoor. You’ll have more than enough adjustment in the scope to shoot past 1000 yards with this. I mean really, this is Tikka’s entrance into a PRS style rifle that will be able to compete with a Ruger Precision® Rifle. I think they’ve done a stand-up job. I mean, you have your adjustability for your cheek comb. It’s nice and quick. 

40 TAC A1s

Okay, you can slide your buttpad up and down. Pull Picatinny Rail back here. So, if you wanted to run a monopod the AR-15 style grip, so you can swap this out for pretty much any AR grip on the market though. Thought, I don’t know why you would. [00:07:00] This is really, really nice and extremely tactile. They definitely put a lot of thought into what textures they put where with this grip. I mean that just feels really good, standard TRG 22 style mag release.

This comes standard with a folding stock option and there is no play there. That locks up nice and tight. Oh! And it locks open or — yeah, it locks open. So, this isn’t going to collapse on you like some of the other ones we’ve tested – the XLR, that kind of chassis that ends up folding back on if there’s no locking mechanism. So, let’s get this lock back up. And then — so Tikka put a two stage trigger on here [00:08:00] much like what you’d see in a high power AR-15. Something like a 
Geissele. So, let’s grab this bolt. 

At SHOT Show they, obviously, didn’t let us pull trigger. So, let’s — alright, that won’t clear. Let’s fold it. Nothing in the chamber. That’s nice. You can preload the trigger. Very crisp brake that Tikka is known for. That ability to preload the trigger. Wow! Yeah, I don’t — I will have to get a trigger scale on here to see exactly what this one’s adjusted to. I know that you can adjust bolt stages on this [00:09:00] according to the instructions. Another — it’s kind of like the old 75, it’s interesting.

Okay. So the rifle is on safe. You normally can’t open this. So, you have to you — you would normally — on a normal Tikka, you’d put your firing or excuse me your safety forward to be able to remove your bolts, but you can have the rifle on safe. This is something that they adopted from the SOCO line into the Tikka. I’m really glad they did this. You push this down. You don’t have to take your rifle off safe to open the bolt. That is really, really nice. I mean just — I’ve never heard of anybody having an accidental discharge with their Tikka, but at least me personally it’s always been a little unnerving [00:10:00] taking that rifle off the safe to open it and clear the chamber. So, that’s a nice feature. 

I mean really — this is — you could just take this out of the box and go shoot a PRS match. It’s going to be the end of June when our SHOT rifle shows up. So, stay tuned for a follow-up review where we actually take one of these out and shoot it. Until then, you have a really happy customer getting one of the first 40 that hit the US. 

Alright guys, happy shooting, talk to you later.

Hey, Jason McCann, MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®, excited to introduce our Gen2 Bottom Metal. We made some subtle changes based on customer feedback. Thank you for all those who give us feedback on our products so we can make them better. And so let’s dive into what we changed. 

All right. So as with most products that we upgrade, it comes from our customer feedback. So thank you very much to the customers who tested our Gen1 bottom metal and gave us the feedback on how we can make it better so we can make the Gen2. And everybody loved the functionality of the bottom metal. It’s great; works great. 

The only criticism we got was our trigger guard being a little blocky. And we actually doing quite honestly, there is quite a bit of AICS bottom metal [00:01:00] out for different rifle systems, and they all use this blocky trigger guard. So I figured that’s probably what the aftermarket wanted. So we just mimicked that particular shape. 

The feedback we got was for hunting for pistol grip stocks and that sort of thing. This was actually too wide in the rear. So what we did was we tapered this on the Gen2, so it’s narrower in the rear than it is in the front. And the other thing, the other benefit of that is it’s a more natural reach to the trigger. So, people with shorter fingers had issues getting around the rear of the trigger guard here. The woman in the shop here tested this out, and they said it was much more comfortable. 

Functionality of Tikka T3/T3x Gen2 Bottom Metal

Additionally, we rounded the entire profile here. So we have another video is actually a video was shot [00:02:00] before this one where we were testing our 3D machining, because we had the 3D machine, this contour around the whole trigger guard. And it’s going to be a really cool video. I haven’t edited it yet. I wanted to get this one out first, but it was when we were testing that part of the program. 

And so, we have a really nice smooth rounded transition around the entire trigger guard and so the blocky Gen1. So functionality is the same on both of them. This one is just simply more comfortable. 

Again, thank you to everybody who gave us feedback. Thank you for just being awesome customers. It’s pretty amazing that I get to provide fun stuff to people, and I get to work with such a fun customer base. 

All right. So we have the bottom metal bodies, machines. We’re working on the mag catches right now. [00:03:00] So as soon as we’re done mentioning the Mag catches, you’ll see these on our website. So give us about a week, week-and-a-half or so, and they will be available for order on our website. 

So thanks, everybody. Happy hunting.


Tikka Rifle Accessories – T3 Bolt Handle Replacement

It’s Jason McCann with MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. Today, we’re going to be looking at the tactical oversized bolt handle by Hinterland Shooting Supply. This goes, will fit on the Tikka T3 rifles. It’s actually a very easy slip-on piece of equipment. And so, you can see here, very well machined, nice mixed stainless steel, mirrored finish, nice cared coted knob for durability, and the stainless steel matches the stainless steel on the bolt of the Tikka T3 extremely well. So let’s slip this on, show you how easy it is to install it. 

All right, so we’re going to show you how easy it is to put this bolt handle on, remove this old handle, these truly are modular guns – [00:01:00]socket did a great job in this design. So we’re going to rotate this around, move the [inaudible 00:01:06] and then we’re going to take this Allen wrench, we’re going to place it in this little slot right here. What it’s going to do is it’s going to allow us to rotate this in and not fully. All right, so we have our Allen wrench in place, we’re just going to rotate this around. You hear the first click, and we’re going to release the pressure on that spring, and I’ll pop this out. And you might want to take a moment to pull out your firing pin and see how stout this thing is. Be sure never to oil this, Tikka requires that there be no oil in here to function properly. So if you clean it, just make sure that you use a really good degreaser in here. So slide that back in there, take our new bolt handle, and these are very precision machine parts, it might take a little [00:02:00]  wiggling to get everything wind up correctly, we got it in there. Now, we have the leverage from our Allen wrench to get us up and over that big hump. We’re going to go all the way around, remove the Allen wrench, put our nice aluminum bolt shroud on, come back and we’re done. We have a nice new bolt handle, bolt [inaudible 00:02:23] much stronger than the original plastic pieces.

Tikka Rifle Accessories – T3 Single Shot Loading Device

It’s Jason McCann with MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®, here to look at an excellent new product called the Bobsled. It solves one of the major problems that us Tikka shooters have with the T3 as far as limited space in loading high-performance ammunition. As you Tikka shooters know, Tikka is great at providing high performance, high twist rifles, and 223 [inaudible 00:00:36] in a twist, you can shoot an ED Green Burger VLD through it. However, they don’t give you very much room in the magazine in order to load that round. And you can see in this 223 magazine, I’ve actually cut it out to be able to handle my Ed Green VLDs, but it took a lot of trial and error, spring, adjustments, everything, lots of time in my garage trying to make it work, and even then it doesn’t always feed correctly. 
Then you have 270 short mag with a 165 grand matrix ballistics, extremely long round, extremely long bullet. You can see in my short mag magazine I’ve actually cut it out and modified it as well to be able to take the longer round. And then you have rounds like the 7 mm Remington mag which again you put a high-performance VLD bullet in there and you run out of magazine space. This is one of the downfalls of the Tikka system, extremely accurate rifles, limited magazine space. Luckily, Bobsled fixed that, we have this simple to install product, you slide it in your magazine, it centers the round for you and ramps it into the chamber and works in the 223, works in your short mag, works in your or 30 odd six or 300 win mag, 700 win mag or 338 win mag magazine, and then it just pops right out. So we have a 223 here, so we’re just going to put it right in the 223, load the magazine up, take a snapshot, I’m just going to throw it in the chamber. Those of you who know, you can’t do that with just the magazine in there, close the bolt, shoot it, open rounded jacks, throw the round in the chamber, close the bolt, shoot it, rounded jacks. It’s an incredibly innovative product solving one of the biggest problems that we have with the Tikka T3, and we’re very excited to have it here at the MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. 
All right, so we’re out here at our favorite range in Logan, Montana. And we have the bobsled in here just to show you how well it works in the real world. Throw it in, catch the round, throw in another one, just a fantastic little tool here. It’s worked flawlessly so far, I’ve put 35 rounds through it, hasn’t given me a problem yet. So definitely a winner here with the bobsled. [inaudible 00:03:45] as we were testing our bobsled in this as well, and for me [inaudible 00:03:52] 223 without a problem putting a nice fat short mag in there, and so far I’ve put about 20 rounds on top of this sled and it hasn’t failed once with this nice fat caliber. So I’d say the bobsled is quickly becoming one of our favorite products here. All right, we’ll see how we do. 

Tikka T3 Bolt Shroud Replacement

Hi, this is Jason McCann from MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. Today, we have the Hinterland Shooting Supply replacement bolts shroud for the Tikka T3 595 and 695, it works on all three guns. This is a very good looking piece of equipment here, a piece of machining, [inaudible 00:00:30] excellent machine work on it. You don’t see any of the machining lines on here, has a nice coat of care coat on the gun. The lines follow the lines of the receiver, so it’s a nice cosmetic piece as well as a functional piece. We actually had a client that had a 17 Remington and 595 that he kept cracking his plastic bolts shroud. Truth be told, he was loading his rounds too hot, but the [00:01:00] expanding gases were actually cracking as plastic bolts shroud. This is made of aluminum, nice sturdy piece, and he hasn’t had any issues with his bolt shroud since. So we’re going to put this on the gun, show you how easy it is to install, and take it out to the ranch. 

So what do you have here, I’m going to flip this over and you can see, we have this is a large detent right here. Do not turn this towards the large detent. You will actually unload the spring and the firing pin, and unless you’re Hercules, you’re going to have a really tough time pulling, rotating this back around. So what you’re going to do is you’re just going to take your handle, hold on to it nice and tight, and you’re actually going to rotate this away from this large detent, away from the handle, it’s going to rotate nice and smooth until it won’t rotate anymore, and then this is just going to slide right off. We’re then going to take our new one, slide it on here, a [00:02:00] little pressure, and we’re going to slide it back to until you hear the first click. As soon as you hear the first click, don’t stop, turn, or don’t turn any longer, you get into this deep well here, like I said, you are going to have… 

Tikka T3 Bolt Stop Modification

One question we get quite often on our forum is since the Tikka has every action is a long action on the T3, why can’t people take a long action magazine to load their 308 and load them out, put some VLD bullets and have plenty of mag space. The limiting factor is this bolt stop. As it’s adjusted for the short action calibers, the bolt stop is moved further forward on the inside of here, for long action calibers it’s moved back. Now, Beretta imports, it’s made by Sako, but they import a kit to the US here at $65, very expensive, very hard to get. That comes with two different bolts stop, both the short action and the long action. It’s a very simple conversion, it’s also something that’s very easy for you to do yourself. So we’re going to actually go in and I’m going to show you a bolt stop that I’ve personally modified here. 
So in order to remove this, you just pull out this pin, make sure you have pressure on the bolt stop because it is spring loaded, take a small plier, pull it out, put the pin in one of your trays, very carefully remove the pressure and the bolt stop. And this little spring is what you want to be careful of. First time I took this part, it hit my garage floor, it took me forever to find it. So I’m going to take this little spring out now, put it in one of my trays. Now, this is a bolt stop that I modified. This is my 270 short mag. I wanted to be able to load VLD bullets in it, it had the stock moved closer to the front and on 223, 308, 243, any of those calibers, the bolt stop stops about right here. And on the newer Tikkas, you actually see a square where it’s cut out to this point right here. So I did is I just took a file and went with a course file, took the metal out and then took a real fine file to put a nice mirror finish on it, so it works very smoothly, and then put it back on. To put it back on, again, being very careful, this little spring right here, you don’t want to lose it, it’s a $65 replacement kit for this bolt stop combo, and not very many of them may come to the US here, so definitely not something you want to lose. So keep some pressure on that, take your pin, put it back in this hole, and it might take a little fidgeting but when you get it just lined up, it drops in just like so, relieve the pressure, you’re done, your bolt stop… 

Tikka T3 Muzzle Brake Review

Hi, this is Jason McCann with MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. We’re going to be reviewing the Hinterland Shooting Supplies’ bolt-on muzzle brake for the Tikka T3 Varmint and Tikka T3 Tactical. This is a product that actually I’m a little hesitant, you know, a bolt-on muzzle brake – muzzle brakes in general have a tendency to lower the accuracy of a rifle because you don’t stay centered on the bore when you drill this out, and this design is interesting, it has a four baffles, flat bottom so it doesn’t kick up any dust. You slide it over your barrel and torque these four nuts down this middle one, and so you can actually put one of these screws in here and jack the brake open. And then what they do is they put a bushing [00:01:00] for the caliber right here, and this one’s for a 223 or a 22 250, all the way up to 338. And what you have here is a very open area, so not a tight fit around the bullet and the gas that’s going through here before it hits that baffle. So this is a product I’m going to be very interested to see how it performs in the field. It is very well machined. You have no machining marks on here for all the complex cuts that they had to do. And it is nice, and has a nice coating of care coat on there. So it’s made very durable. It has a good weight to it. So I think, machining wise, it’s an excellent machined product. However, I’m a little skeptical of the actual performance of the product, but we’ll put it on our gun and take it to the ranch. 

All right, so now we’re [00:02:00] going to install our muzzle brake. And so, this is the Hinterland Shooting Supplies’ bolt-on muzzle brake, four ports. I am a little skeptical on how this is going to work, but we’re going to find out. The gun’s upside down in the vise right now, and the reason is because I’m going to level it based on the bottom. It’s a flat bottom so it doesn’t kick up any dust if you’re shooting prone. Now you have four screws here, the middle screw holes are if you need to jack the brake open. And so, it actually just hits a flat part, you take one of these screws, put it in there, and you can jack the brake open. This one slides on our barrel real nice and neat, just going to slide on just like so. Before I tighten it down, I’m just going to squirt a little bit of cleaner on there, make sure I’m not damaging the barrel. And throw a little bit of oil [00:03:00] and nice moisture barrier in there. I am going to take you to the range, it’s been a little rainy so just so no moisture seeps in there. And slide this right on. 

Now, there’s no instructions that come with this muzzle brake. So we’re actually going to put this video out there just as a general instructions on it. So we don’t know what our torque spec should be. I just found out about the ratcheting by emailing Hinterland, Fiona over there. She’s great. I asked her why you have this middle hole. She said, oh yeah, to ratchet the brake open. So there we have it. So we’re just going to torque this down to just 35-inch pounds. It’s an arbitrary number. We’ll get to the range and see if there’s anything or if we should do anymore. [00:04:00] 

We’re going to turn the gun over so you can see what this looks like. It looks great. It looks like a great brake, especially on this heavy barrel, really makes even just a little 223 look pretty beefy here. So I can’t wait to see what this actually does. I’m a little skeptical with muzzle brakes, in general, just because in order for them to be effective, you need to be concentric to the bore. And even screw-on ones, if you index off the barrel diameter, not every chamber and not all the rifling is concentric to the outside barrel diameter. So a really good gunsmith is going to cut your muzzle brake threads for that. The fact is it’s a bolt-on, I love the Sako craftsmanship [00:05:00] and the Tikka’s, but still, there’s a good chance that this bore is not concentric to the outside diameter of this barrel. And then this is just a – you can’t really see it, you saw it in the video earlier that with the bushing here, again, there’s a lot of room for error here, we don’t have a tight gas seal around the bullet. So we’ll see, we’ll see how it does, and we’ll know when we hit the range. 

Well, so we’ve been out here testing the new JARD, 12-ounce trigger for the Tikka T3 and the Hinterland Shooting Supplies’ muzzle brake. Very surprised actually, the muzzle brake has proven to actually increase accuracy, and it’s amazing, even on 223 you don’t get any muzzle jump. So we’re actually shooting at 430 yards right now [00:06:00] with a 55 grain Blitzking and I’m spotting my shots, I can actually see the bullet travel path through the scope here as it’s heading out to 430 yards. The trigger is excellent, great feel on the safety. 12 ounces is incredibly light. I mean, you just think about it and the gun goes off. It took me a little while to get used to the trigger. But all in all, this is going to be a great, great Varmint package here. I might even shoot a little FTR with it as well. So JARD Trigger Group, Hinterland Shooting Supply’ muzzle brake, both products very impressed with. And another hit on the gong at 430. [00:07:00] 

Tikka T3 Bolt Handle and Bolt Shroud Swap

All right, one of our most popular products is the Hinterland Shooting Supplies’ bolt shroud and Tactical Handle. And so you can see here I put the Sako piece of plastic knob on the end of my handle, that’s great, it adds a lot of tactile feel, but it’s $45, I mean, it’s just ridiculous. And then you have to pay shipping on top of that to Beretta here in the US, and for a piece of plastic, you should really get something for your money. So what we’re going to do here is show you how easy it is to replace this plastic bolt shroud with a nice aluminum bolt shroud, it’s much stronger, and how easy it is to replace the bolt handle here. So what you have here, I’m going to flip this over, and you can see we have, this is a large [00:01:00] detent right here. Do not turn this towards the large detent, you will actually unload the spring and the firing pin. And unless you’re Hercules, you’re going to have a really tough time pulling, rotating this back around. So what you’re going to do is you’re just going to take your handle, hold on to it nice and tight, and you’re actually going to rotate this away from this large detent, away from the handle, it’s going to rotate nice and smooth until it won’t rotate anymore, and then this is just going to slide right off. We’re then going to take our new one, slide it on here, a little pressure and we’re going to slide it back to until you hear the first click. As soon as you hear the first click, don’t stop, turn – or don’t turn any longer, you get into this deep well here, like I said, you’re going to have.

All right, so we’re going to show you how easy it is to put this bolt handle on, remove this old handle. These truly are modular guns. Sako did a great job in this design. So we’re going to rotate this around, move the shroud [00:02:00] And then we’re going to take this Allen wrench, we’re going to place it in this little slot right here. What it’s going to do is it’s going to allow us to rotate this in and not fully depressurize that spring. All right, so we have our Allen wrench in place, we’re just going to rotate this around, you hear the first click, we’re going to release the pressure on that spring, kind of pop this out, and you might want to take a moment to pull out your firing pin and see how stout this thing is. Be sure never to oil this, Tikka requires that there be no oil in here to function properly. So if you clean it, just make sure that you use a really good degreaser in here. So slide that back in there, take our new bolt handle, and these are very precision machine parts, it might take a little wiggling to get everything lined up correctly, we got it in there. Now, [00:03:00] we have a leverage from our Allen wrench to get this up and over that big hump. We’re going to go all the way around, remove the Allen wrench, put our nice aluminum bolt shroud on, come back, and we’re done. We have a nice new bolt handle, bolt shroud, much stronger than the original plastic pieces.


Tikka T3 Thumbhole Tactical Stock Review

This is Jason McCann with MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. Today, we’re going to be looking at Thumbhole Tactical Stock. This is an incredibly well-made stock, especially for a laminate, completely changed my perception of laminate stocks. Most of the ones I’ve seen are rather crummy, they seem cheap, they seem just like pieces of junk. Chad does an incredible job of making these into works of art. First, let’s start here, this provides a one-inch LimbSaver recoil pad on every single stock. Every single stock, even their ultralights can handle a 338 win mag without a problem. This Thumbhole Tactical has a nice raised comb. The comb is level to the actual action. So when you’re looking through your scope, you stay nice and level, no matter what position you’re in, no matter what the recoil position is. It’s nice and raised for those large objective scopes. Has a nice palm swell in here, if you’re a guy like me with big mitts, you’ll like this, has ample room for your thumb, nice swell, nice flat base here for shooting at a bench or from prone. And then the lines of the stock are excellent, you come through here, this is set up for a Tikka T3 which has a nice slope in the rear tang, it matches that very well, perfect cut out. The feel on this is just like furniture, as far as the smoothness and how everything is put together here. Raises up with the action, nice heavy barreled channel, free-floated all the way from the action out to the end. You can get this with actual vertical vents in here and side vents, which a lot of people don’t realize that a vertical vent is the only thing that will actually cool your barrel, the side vents are more for the show, that’s easily available. And a nice wide [inaudible 00:02:07] in here for resting it on a bag, it’s actually just under three inches here, they have an F class model on a competition, tactical model if you want a perfect three-inch straight down the line. 

Now, also on here, and this should prove extremely accurate, the [inaudible 00:02:28] recoil lug, and it uses 7075 aluminum or steel depending on your request, 7075 aluminum is stronger than steel, so they are used in the space shuttle and in the military, and it’s significantly lighter. And it actually beds this in the stock. So that way, I mean, there’s just no movement here, even with high recoiling calibers, 338 win mag, you’re not going to get dense that you’ll see with the cheap aluminum recoil lug in the standard Tikka. Ample room for the barrel here, again, the machine work is excellent, the way that he cuts this out, and the colors are absolutely phenomenal. 

So here’s the left side of the stock, and you can see here, ample space for your cheek to rest on, very, very comfortable. This is where your thumb is going to come, wrap around here, and Chad does a great thing here with a cutout for the bolt. One of the things I don’t like about raised cheekpieces on a lot of stocks is the fact that you have to lower it all the way in order to get your bolt out. This, according to Chad, you can actually take the bolt out without removing the action from the stock or should be a straight back pool. And once we get the actual gun in the stock we will definitely take a look at it. The gun that I want to put in the stock is not that from the gunsmith yet, I’m having a custom seven sound built on a Tikka T3. What we’re going to do is we’re actually going to put our 223 test mule in here and take it to the range and we’re going to show you how easy it is to swap out the stock. Again, look at the lines on this stock and the coloration, this is one of the custom color inlets which is the Camo. And so you have multiple different colors coming through here, they blend well, doesn’t look cheap. And for those of you who don’t know laminate, I mean, this is a true laminate stock which is real wood pressed together with actually composite sandwiched in between. And so what it does is it doesn’t swell with moisture, it doesn’t become more brittle like the composite in cold weather, it’s actually more stable in a composite, more stable and wood stock is the best of both worlds. And it just looks absolutely fantastic. See the bipod up at the front clips on the front stud, plenty of room for a [inaudible 00:04:50] very stable, this is a pivoting, Harris pivoting bipod, just plenty of room there and playing the stock, and it just feels. I have big mitts and I can’t wait to get an action inside of here. 

Hi, this is Jason McCann from MOUNTAIN TACTICAL®. We’re going to show you how easy it is to take your standard Tikka T3 and turn it into a Tactical TackDriver. So we have here is my personal 223, it’s a one in eight twists. This thing, as is, is an excellent shooter. We’re going to put the Thumbhole Tactical Stock on it. We’re going to put a whole new trigger kit on it. We’re going to put a new scope and bolt handle, bolt shroud, muzzle brake, we’re going to do the works and we are going to show you how easy it is to actually do all this. So first make sure nothing is in the chamber, pull out the bolt, pull out the magazine, and we’re going to take off our scope. It’s been an excellent scope. This is the Vortex PST focal plane. Oh didn’t get that one out enough. Six to 24, excellent glass. We’re actually going to put the second focal plane on there just because they mainly shoot people with this gun, and I’d like to have the second focal plane to simply have a smaller finer crosshair. So we have the scope off of it, which is you always want to do before you take the stock off, you don’t want to put any pressure on your scope, and we’re going to flip this over just like so. Take out two action screws. If you ever forget, the front one is the short one, the rear one is the long one. Hop these right out. I always use this opportunity, since it’s already down, pop out the bottom metal, just takes a little bit of a tug. Set that aside when you use that in our new stock, and then just lift the stock right off the action, I am going to put this there. Now, we are going to take this piece of Tupperware, set it to the side. 

Alright, so before we put the new stock on, we’re just going to kind of clean up the action just a little bit. You don’t want to trap anything on underneath there, you shoot as much as we do, we go through a lot of solvents, we go through a lot of cleaners, just making sure that everything stays nice and clean. I know there are some guys out there who think that you should never clean your gun and all the gunk in there kind of fills in the crevices in your barrel, and I read a lot about the validity of that, there is some but personally I like always having a really nice clean gun making sure that it’s always working very, very well. So we are just going to put a thin coat of oil on these parts that are going to be touching the stock, just to get a little bit of a moisture barrier. 

Alright, now let’s grab our Thumbhole Tactical Stock here. Now we’re putting these stocks on. We have the integrated recoil lug here. It’s going to go on this notch on the action here. As long as we have that lined up, it should go in rather smooth, got that lined up. We’re going to put bottom metal back in just be very careful, the small hole right here for the trigger shoe to go through. Let’s make sure it slides right in there. Don’t want to damage our nice new trigger. Push that down. The short one in front, a long one in the back. And personally, everybody’s guns are a little different. I found that my guns like to be torqued about 40-inch pounds in the rear, 35 in the front has produced some of the best accuracies for me. That’s rear [inaudible 00:10:07] down and torque our front one down. It’s easy to change the stock. [inaudible 00:10:35] does an excellent job of making sure the fit is excellent on here, you can see just an excellent, excellent looking stock fits the line of the gun very well and the rear tang which is a very difficult part to line up on a Tikka just because the tangs on these are a lot different than other makes and models. You see here, here’s our new safety on the new trigger and our safety on safety has a nice – it’s kind of a little diamond plating on here, it gives a real tactile feel so you can really feel that you’re on that safety. Nice free-floated barrel all the way up to the recoil lug, just an excellent looking stock here. 

So we have our gun, our action in our new stock, now let’s do a little work on the bolt. With the stock, one of the challenges, when you have a raised comb, is that you have to lower it in order to remove the bolt from your gun when you’re doing the cleaning. But there’s a nice channel in here, plenty of room to remove the bolts, plenty of room to put it back in. This follows that channel very well. Good job Chad on designing this. 

Right, well, so far I’ve put about 35 rounds down the range with the Thumbhole Tactical Stock, extremely comfortable, very comfortable cheek riser, works very well with this nice 50-millimeter Viper PST and very stable, incredibly stable, just feels good on the hand, works well on the rearrest, and works very well on the bipod. So definitely a winner here with the Thumbhole Tactical Stock.


Tikka T3 Stock Swap

Alright, so we have everything set up to do our stock switch. Let’s see what we have here. So this is my tried and true, it’s actually the first Tikka I purchased, it’s my T3, has 270 short mags. This gun has been all over the mountains, it’s been everywhere, just absolutely love it. And so what we’re going to do here is we’re going to actually put that ultralight Helmick stock on here. This gun is a proven accuracy winner, so [inaudible 00:00:38] this would be a great test mule for the ultralight stock. So let’s see we have to do to swap this stock. We’re going to remove the bolt, always make sure the gun is unloaded. We’re going to remove the magazine and then you’ll see videos sometimes of guys flipping their gun around and putting weight on the scope. You never want to put weight on your scope, so we’re going to remove the scope. Set that to the side. Now, we’re going to turn the gun upside down and I don’t know if you can zoom in on this Greg but this is one of the old Tikkas that actually has slotted screws. The new ones all have T25 ports on here. So we want to be careful taking these screws out because it’s very easy to damage them, I like the new ones with the torques head much better, it’s much more difficult to damage that. We’re just going to set this upright, we are going to swap out the drive on my torque wrench here. You don’t need a torque wrench to take it apart. It’s very nice to have accurate torque settings when you put it back together. A torque wrench is one of those things I thought I would never really use, and now it’s one of the most indispensable tools I have, especially when you want to guaranteed accuracy when you put something back together. So this they call bottom metal, it’s really bottom plastic on the Tikka, give it a good yank by the trigger garden, and this will just pop completely out. And then hold your barrel, move up on the [inaudible 00:02:45] it’s going to be tight against that recoil lug and your stock is going to come right off. This is our old Tupperware stock. I’m going to replace it with a very nice ultralight. So now we have our old stock off. We have our nice new ultralight ready to go on. The only thing we really need to line up here or to be mindful of is we have our recoil lug recess in the action right here, we have our bedded recoil lug here, so we need to line that up. It’s one of the secrets of Tikka’s accuracy, it’s this recoil lug almost acts like a pillar bed job by making sure it only goes together one way, there’s no movement inside the stock. 

So we simply take this, slide it over the action, we’re then going to make sure that recoil lug is lined up properly. This is a very tight fitting stock, a testament to Helmick, and how they put things together, so we’re nice and tight here. We’re going to take our bottom metal removed from the old stock, slip it in, be mindful of the trigger so you don’t damage it. There’s little pressure, put that in. Now, when you’re screws came out, if for some reason you got them mixed up, the long one goes in back, short one goes in front. I have my torque wrench here. We are going to – or my torque driver, more accurately, it’s definitely not a torque wrench. And then I always just kind of give these a little snug first, little snug there, and then personally I found this gun really likes to be about 40-inch pounds on the rear tang which we’re just going to adjust my torque driver for that. Got the click, and it likes 35 in the front. To tell, I’ve spent quite a bit of time testing different things with this gun, just one of the favorite guns that I own. So that is in, turn it over, have to adjust my vise here because we had the cheap piece that’s on here that’s not on the standard stock, which definitely makes a vast improvement as far as the feel of it, so we have that tightened down. I’m going to do a quick check, the bolt works fine, the trigger’s working fine, so it went back together, not a problem. I want these rails because once you have them set and especially once you torque it back to the right settings, all you do is pop your scope back on, tighten this down and you’re good to go. Here are our Vortex tactical rings. They recommend torquing the nuts down to 50 inch-pounds, nice solid fit. There’s already a blue Loctite on here, you didn’t see that when we were in the filming process but there is some blue Loctite. So once these are nice and snug, they won’t walk on us, snug there, snug there, that easy. We’re good to go. Let’s go shooting. See how it shoots.  


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