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Old October 22, 2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Misplaced or lost T3 Magazine

Darn. That's the only problem with removable magazines. I can't find the original .243 Win magazine, but fortunately, still have the 5-rounder. Mags for Tikkas cost $65 plus shipping. Ouch!

I may have forgotten it at Capitol City R&P last time. It's probably long gone.
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Old October 22, 2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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I really liked the Tikka I used to own. At the time no one had spares at any price. That was part of the reason I sold it. Darn good shooter though.
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Old October 22, 2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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I have a Sako A7, very similar to the T3, but the mags are $85. I got two extra just in case. If you want to feel like you are getting off easy look at the Sako 85 mags ($150 each!).
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Old October 22, 2013, 02:13 PM   #4
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I bought my Tikka shortly after they were introduced and also bought a spare mag around the same time. I've slept since then, but I think I paid somewhere around $35-$40 for the mag back then and the rifle was around $500 out the door... Crazy to see how much prices have increased over the years...
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Old October 22, 2013, 03:08 PM   #5
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In a word, ebay.

There are several for $35 NIB and also auctions. That is how I picked up mine, "on the cheap".

And I always count my mags in my range bag after shooting! Lesson learned!

Extra mags are very helpful after hand loading different loads. For example pretty normal for me to have 125 grain in one mag and 200 grain in another.
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Old October 22, 2013, 04:56 PM   #6
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AZAK - When you switch between different bullet weights, doesn't the POI change. If so, you compensate for the change?
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Old October 22, 2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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On this rifle I have a scope with a BDC reticle. I keep notes on my loads, including POI in relation to the BDC along with BC of the bullet and drop.

It really is not that difficult to memorize which line corresponds to which load at what distances; then again I always test out my loads at the range with a chrono and actual targets at varying ranges. And if I am not sure, I always have the numbers stuck to the bottom of the mag; I just write down the drop on paper and affix it to the bottom and keep a copy in my pocket in case it falls off during use.

I generally don't adjust my scope, I keep it set to my "favorite" hunting load, and then adjust everything else to that standard.
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Old October 22, 2013, 08:15 PM   #8
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It really depends on the rifle in most cases. I've had a few that would put several loads into pretty much the same POI at 100 yards. At longer ranges heavier bullets would drop a little more, but that was easy to compensate for as long as you knew what was in your gun.

Other guns would not be close enough to try to use with more than 1 load. I have 1 rifle that if zeroed with 130 gr bullets will shoot 150's 2" right at 100 yards. If I zero it for the 150's, then the 130's are 2" left. I just picked one and don't try to use the other.
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Old October 22, 2013, 09:08 PM   #9
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I tend to keep it simple and only use one load for deer. It gets it done!
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Old October 22, 2013, 09:50 PM   #10
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And folks complain about the price of mini-14 30 round factory mags.

The price of mags for these guns and other rifles are the reason I have never bought one of them. Midway sometimes has CZ 22 five round mags for $30+ bucks. Sorry, I am not doing that.
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Old October 23, 2013, 12:00 AM   #11
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In a word, ebay.

There are several for $35 NIB and also auctions. That is how I picked up mine, "on the cheap".
Have to agree as I've done the same, even bought a new one on Gunbroker for $35. You just have to keep checking.
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Old October 23, 2013, 01:16 AM   #12
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If I zero it for the 150's, then the 130's are 2" left
It always amazes me when I compare factory loads to my loads. It appears counterintuitive to me that there would be a horizontal difference, yet there she blows! Amazing how the "real world" can surprise!
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