.223 for bear, deer, elk and moose.

Moose83

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Possibly a dumb question. ... can you load 75gr eld-m to fit in a factory tikka mag? They are the only thing I have available to me here locally that are reasonably priced. I've found exactly one source for 77 tmk's here in Canada but they will be close to $80/100 by the time they get to me so not exactly conducive to volume practice. Thanks.
 

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Possibly a dumb question. ... can you load 75gr eld-m to fit in a factory tikka mag? They are the only thing I have available to me here locally that are reasonably priced. I've found exactly one source for 77 tmk's here in Canada but they will be close to $80/100 by the time they get to me so not exactly conducive to volume practice. Thanks.
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According to Hornady, the 73 eldm and the 75 bthp will be fine loaded at mag length. The 75 eldm and amax are designed to be longer.
Hope this helps!
Ryan
 

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Possibly a dumb question. ... can you load 75gr eld-m to fit in a factory tikka mag? They are the only thing I have available to me here locally that are reasonably priced. I've found exactly one source for 77 tmk's here in Canada but they will be close to $80/100 by the time they get to me so not exactly conducive to volume practice. Thanks.
I loaded some 75gr eldm’s at mag length and accuracy wasn’t even close when compared to the rounds that were longer.
 

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I loaded some 75gr eldm’s at mag length and accuracy wasn’t even close when compared to the rounds that were longer.
Same here.
I shoot the 75 eldm in my Tikka with a COAL of 2.420, and they're very consistent at that length. I use a modified 6 round mag.
 

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I had a 1:8 223ai worked great with 75 berger vld and the 77 matchking. 25.5g varget gave 2900fps from a 20" barrel
Cfe 223 was over 3,000 fps but harder to find than varget
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Was your AI a tikka and how did it feed?

I'm tempted to rebarrel my tikka and have waffled back and forth between going AI or not.
 

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Possibly a dumb question. ... can you load 75gr eld-m to fit in a factory tikka mag? They are the only thing I have available to me here locally that are reasonably priced. I've found exactly one source for 77 tmk's here in Canada but they will be close to $80/100 by the time they get to me so not exactly conducive to volume practice. Thanks.
Get a mountain tactical mag (fits in factory bottom metal). You can go out to 2.6" with them. You should be in the 2.4"-2.45" range in a Tikka with the 75 eld-m.
 

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Was your AI a tikka and how did it feed?

I'm tempted to rebarrel my tikka and have waffled back and forth between going AI or not.
Wby vanguard and fed fine from the factory mag as well as the plastic howa bottom metal and mags. Tikka ought to do even better

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Finally getting around to loading some tmk’s, just did a ladder test for starters but they seem less finnicky than the 75gr eldm’s which is nice 1B6F3E91-D323-4562-8417-A25D2ADDB915.jpeg
 
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According to Hornady, the 73 eldm and the 75 bthp will be fine loaded at mag length. The 75 eldm and amax are designed to be longer.
Hope this helps!
Ryan
What is mag length on a Tikka magazine? Is it longer than an AR mag? I have AICS mags and bottom metal on my Tikka Varmint and I load the 75gr ELDM at almost 2.50" COAL. I know Mountaing Tactical makes a billet replacement magazine for Tikka rifles, but I am not sure what the COAL is.
 

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What is mag length on a Tikka magazine? Is it longer than an AR mag? I have AICS mags and bottom metal on my Tikka Varmint and I load the 75gr ELDM at almost 2.50" COAL. I know Mountaing Tactical makes a billet replacement magazine for Tikka rifles, but I am not sure what the COAL is.
Tikka 223 factory mags are about 2.300" internal. I do load the 77 TMK to that length with compressed powders like Varget in order to stuff more powder in the case.
 

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What is mag length on a Tikka magazine? Is it longer than an AR mag? I have AICS mags and bottom metal on my Tikka Varmint and I load the 75gr ELDM at almost 2.50" COAL. I know Mountaing Tactical makes a billet replacement magazine for Tikka rifles, but I am not sure what the COAL is.
2.6" for the mountain tactical mags
 
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