Which AICS bottom metal and magazines for my T3x?

T28w

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I will second a vote for factory tikka mags, unless you have a really good reason to go aics. My Tikkas have spent a lot of time in KRG Bravo chassis' with aics mags and now they're back in the factory stocks with factory mags. The feeding is just so good, and if you raise the buttpad up an inch or so and get the vertical grip module, you're in high cotton regarding recoil control without the cost or weight of a chassis. I say just check that the "long action mag" internal length will accept your cartridge and get an appropriate bolt stop and rock on.
How are you raising the recoil pad up?
 

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My Tikkas have spent a lot of time in KRG Bravo chassis' with aics mags and now they're back in the factory stocks with factory mags.

Me too. Have a couple that I’ve put back in factory stocks for the same reason, but do have a couple still in Bravo’s.

We need a two pound Bravo that takes factory mags….
 
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Me too. Have a couple that I’ve put back in factory stocks for the same reason, but do have a couple still in Bravo’s.

We need a two pound Bravo that takes factory mags….
Form, what are your thoughts on the Tikka UPR in this regard?

I've read there's some kind of issue about how they make that stock that means its possibly not as good a construction as similar designs, but I can't remember the details ...
 

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I plan on going with Atlasworx bm and the new MDT 3 round for my t3x 308. Anyone with any experience with these? They also have a shortened mag release that seems the way to go for a hunting rig.
 

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I have used the Redsnake on a SA build. I liked it, however, I ended up not liking the fact that the AICS mags did not sit snug, side-to-side. It being my first AICS build, I was not sure if that was standard for them, but that rifle doubles as a hunting rifle and I didn't want the mag banging back and forth against the mag well while carrying or moving it into position on stand. I ended up going with Mountain Tactical bottom metal and their Gen 2 mag. Getting the same load length as the AICS without the rattle.

That being said, finish was great on the Redsnake bottom metal and it fit into the factory bottom metal relief in both the factory stock and the McMillian cut to factory specs. I also liked the mag release lever on it.
 

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So if I have a 300 wsm, I can either shave the bolt stop or get a long action bolt stop and then just get a long action tikka mag?

I had plans on getting the tikka mag from hca since I did not think the 300 wsm would fit in the long action mag. I would rather just get a new tikka mag if it will work

Ahh, the OEM long action mags don't fit the larger diameter WSM/PRC etc cases. There is another option for factory bottom metal though: https://www.hellscanyonarmory.com/online-store/Tikka-T3-Billet-machined-WSM-SAUM-Magazine-p144952106
edit 2: apparently Mountain Tactical mags are supposed to work with WSM as well: https://tikkaperformance.com/product/tikka-gen2-long-action-mag/

That would let you run the long action bolt stop, in a factory compatible mag to get to the longer COAL's.

edit: Apparently you can mod a OEM WSM mag to work with the LA: https://www.longrangehunting.com/threads/easy-tikka-wsm-magazine-solution.139053/
 
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I agree with a lot that has been said above. I also have had a bravo, along with currently a match built tikka that runs on aics mags. Hard pass on them for hunting. There are flush options coming out but they are designed around the 700.

As for more room, if you need more than the 3.3x” a long action tikka mag gives, you should really consider an appropriate action. I’m some ways you could consider the tikka a medium action.
 

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Form, what are your thoughts on the Tikka UPR in this regard?

I've read there's some kind of issue about how they make that stock that means its possibly not as good a construction as similar designs, but I can't remember the details ...

I haven’t used them to be able to say. The stock design is ok, the butt is still below the barrel, and it has the CTR mags which I don’t find to be an advantage for a hunting rifle.
 

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How are you raising the recoil pad up?
I bought the limbsaver pad, which is super comfortable, and just drilled new holes in it offset above the ones already present. It's redneck engineering at it's finest, but has worked really well for me. Don't make a spacer like I did for the first one, thats unnecessary in my opinion. Maybe if you had a high recoiling cartridge you might need it for strength, but 6.5 CM is the biggest cartridge I shoot anymore.








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