which tikka t3x for 6.5 prc & proof prefit build

davsco

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i'm a lefty so can't just buy a 6.5 prc tikka. so which lefty-available tikka caliber do i need to buy to slap a proof prefit barrel on it and have the factory bottom medal/plastic and factory magazine work? or would i need to perhaps get one in 300 win mag or wsm and also get another magazine and/or bolt? thanks!
 

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You'll want something with a magnum bolt face (300 WM, 300 WSM, 7 RM, etc.), that's the biggest thing.

Depending on what you get you might need to change the bolt stop or get a new mag, but that's a lot easier than trying to find a different bolt.

Good luck with the build, sounds fun. I just started putting together a lefty 6.5CM Superlite for my brother.
 
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davsco

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yeah i've done this for 6.5 creed and 300 wsm, bought the base tikka rifles in those exact calibers and just spun on proof prefits and the mesa stocks with the wider barrel channels. hoping like you said above i can just get a 300 mag or 7 rm with no bolt, magazine or bottom metal/plastic changes needed.
 

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One benefit to buying a base tikka in a long action magnum caliber (300 mag/7mm mag) is that the longer factory magazine will give you a little more flexibility with bullet seating depth if you reload. I found this to be a benefit when helping a friend convert a 7mm to a 6.5 PRC.
 

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I feel your pain.
I bought a left handed 6.5 creedmoor superlite and sent it to Shaen Magan of Shaens rifles. He rechambered it to a 6.5 prc and enlarged the boltface. All I had to do then was change out the bolt stop and use a long magazine. Shoots very well and cycles like butter.
In your case, any magnum bolt face will work but you'll have to change the bolt stop on a short magnum and get a long mag.

Randy
 

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Going through this right now myself, rebarreling a lefty tikka T3 300wm to a 7saum proof prefit... going to keep factory bottom metal. It seems that I'll need a new mag since the factory mag for the 300wm cant fit/cycle the fat SAUM cases. Is this true? Can I modify the mag to work?

It looks like HCA and Mountain Tactical make mag drop in replacements for the factory bottom metal for SAUM/PRC but both are out of stock....

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TheAngler

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I feel your pain.
I bought a left handed 6.5 creedmoor superlite and sent it to Shaen Magan of Shaens rifles. He rechambered it to a 6.5 prc and enlarged the boltface. All I had to do then was change out the bolt stop and use a long magazine. Shoots very well and cycles like butter.
In your case, any magnum bolt face will work but you'll have to change the bolt stop on a short magnum and get a long mag.

Randy
What was the turnaround time with Shaen?
 

Ucsdryder

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Going through this right now myself, rebarreling a lefty tikka T3 300wm to a 7saum proof prefit... going to keep factory bottom metal. It seems that I'll need a new mag since the factory mag for the 300wm cant fit/cycle the fat SAUM cases. Is this true? Can I modify the mag to work?

It looks like HCA and Mountain Tactical make mag drop in replacements for the factory bottom metal for SAUM/PRC but both are out of stock....

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False. As long as it’s a long action you’re good to go.
 
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