September 2, 2020
Posted By Jason

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.