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Friday, October 9, 2009

TIKKA MASTER SPORTER

TIKKA MASTER SPORTER

Calibers:
M595
17 Rem
222 Rem
22 PPC USA
22-250 Rem
243 Win
7mm-08 Rem
308 Win

Calibers:
M695
25-06 Rem
6.5x55 SE
270 Win
7x64
30-06
9.3x62

Calibers:
M695 Mag
7mm Rem Mag
300 Win Mag
338 Win Mag

Magazine: 5 round detachable box magazine. (4 round for Magnums)
Barrel Length: 22.4" (570mm) - 24.4" (620mm)
Barrel Profile: Free-floating, cold hammer forged (Rate of twist varies)
Weight: M595 - 9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
M695 - 9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)
M695 Mag - 9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
Stock: Select walnut stock, oil treated. Adjustable cheekpiece and length of pull (Spacer system)
Sights: no sights provided, 17mm grooves in reciever for rings
Features: Adjustable trigger (2-4 lbs), textured grip and forend, swivel studs

As most people know Tikka is now a part of Sako, sharing a lot of the same manufacturing tooling, processes, and engineering. The result is some really high quality rifles for a very resonable price. The Master Sporter is not a purpose made sniper rifle, but a rifle that could very easily be adapted to sniper use. If you look closely, you will notice that the stock is almost the exact contour and shape as the Sako TRG-21/41 series. This style of stock is great for target shooting, and adapts well to sniper use also. Another nice feature is the detachable box magazine, very handy for rapid ammo type changes. (i.e a quick change from standard match ammo to armor piercing). The stock is fully adjustable, another nice feature. The only problem, of course, is the fact that it is a wood stock, not even laminated. Wood changes A LOT with different weather, especially moisture. This can lead to a shift of inpact from what you might expect. If you use a wood stocked rifle, you MUST keep very accurate data for all weather conditions.

The accuracy of these rifles is outstanding, routinely shooting .5 MOA straight out of the box. Maybe the most appealing feature of all for this rifle is the price, you should easily be able to order in a new Tikka Master Sporter for under $1000 USD. If your working on a tight budget, but need to have extreme accuracy, the "Poor Man's TRG-21" just might be the rifle for you.

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