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The Tikka Rifle- Video learning

06 Mar 2017
@ 02:57 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Hi guys, just a heads up that we are now live with the Tikka tutorial video.

All the best, Nathan.

From Zero To Hero...

Learn how to take a Tikka rifle "out of the box" and obtain best possible accuracy in this simple yet crucial process.

Cutting through the rubbish taught by current shooting schools, this hands on how-to video is for both new and experienced shooters. The results speak for themselves.

Hosted by Nathan Foster, this video based on his popular book series covers the preliminary rifle set up, the barrel break in process and basic shooting technique, all filmed in live format.

These methods can be used with any rifle design with regards to the barrel break in process and test shooting, however this tutorial offers specific help for Tikka T3 and T3X owners.

This video WILL teach you what you need to know in order to get the best out of your rifle.

Learn how to set up and shoot the Tikka- before you decide whether it needs bedding or 'only shoots with certain hand loads'.

Learn how to break in your rifle barrel based on its individual needs- not some generic process.

Learn the rules of light weight rifle shooting technique- before you break the rules.

Running time 1hr32m. 30 day rental.


06 Mar 2017
@ 03:39 pm (GMT)

Dan Keene

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Hi Guys,
I got to watch this new video last night.
As usual Nathan does an excellent job of leaving no detail unattended to and explaining exactly why he does what he does.
I would challenge any shooter, no matter their experience to not come away from watching it without learning some real useful info that will improve the performance of either themselves or their rifle.

Great job!
Cheers, Dan.
06 Mar 2017
@ 05:21 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Thanks Dan, I hope very much that it helps folk.

06 Mar 2017
@ 06:08 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Looking forward to checking this out a bit later, once my final assignment for uni is done.
07 Mar 2017
@ 10:08 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
There are a few more comments I would like to add here regarding the vid and especially the trailer.

In the trailer, I hold the rifle with my little finger. It really is extremely light.

Yet there are still folk who want these rifles to be lighter, either via the use of carbon fibre or fluting.

I have to ask- how weak would you have to be to want something lighter than can be carried by your little finger.

Tikka make a light rifle and in some ways have taken it too far. The customer demand for lighter-than-handbag rifles works in their favor because the less weight you want, the less material they use which means more profits for Beretta. In exchange for weight shedding- you get recoil. Yet this is also unacceptable to many. So they apply add-ons which in many cases increases the weight, or they drop cartridge power at the expense of the animal. And off we go on this merry go round, chasing our tails while often adding new problems. A general solution is to lower ones expectations of accuracy, making whatever excuse comes to mind for mediocre performance.

Many shooters never truly get to see and know this rifle for what it is. There is no direct understanding of the rifle.

A light weight rifle can be very useful. The recoil itself is often not so bad. If recoil is causing pain, most times technique is the problem. Accuracy issues can also be resolved by technique, at least up to a point and also depending on the general health and well being of the shooter. If you have some form of ailment or injury then you may not be able to make the most of this rifle in its basic form. That aside, this is a situation in which you will never know just what you or your rifle are capable of unless you really try.

I have also been told that most folk within the up and coming generation have an attention span of around 2 or 3 minutes, about as much time as it will take you to read this post. The video we made is 1.5 hours long which is considered a bit of a no-no these days for tutorials. Do we offer what the customer wants or what he needs? Well, its my video so its my choice- he got what he needs. Mastery is not something that can be achieved in 2 or 3 minutes. I could have cut the video into a whole pile of 2-3 minute vids but this did not feel right regarding this subject. I am sure there will be other subjects that can be covered fully in shorts but not this. The process is very basic yet I wanted to be thorough and I wanted the viewer to stay the course in order for him or her to succeed.

Our video is designed to cut through the waist deep crap of modern shooting. If each of you are physically capable and can simply follow the basic instructions and work to the same end goals, you will out shoot most "sniper school" instructors. I cannot make things any clearer than this.
07 Mar 2017
@ 09:29 pm (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
good stuff Mate... hope you have included instuctions on how to make sachet lattes for the 7mm08 guys too???? LOL.
will be interesting to watch the feed back/comments on other forums as this one gets out and about. keep up the good fight.
07 Mar 2017
@ 09:57 pm (GMT)


Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Great stuff Nathan!

Love your work and have purchased and read most of your books. I find myself rereading them every 6 months and learning a lil more or understanding a concept a little better.

Which brings me to my question. Will there be anyway to purchase this video rather than the 30 day rental option? I find I need to watch, then do, then rewatch things to really get a good understanding. Living in a city and owning a small business my range time is usually only a monthly thing (i wish I could go more) so the 30 day timeframe is probably not quite enough for me. First world issue I know, I'm sure there are a bunch of tech hurdles too but just though I would ask.

Bravo and thanks for the common sense you bring to the field.

08 Mar 2017
@ 08:22 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Hi Al, not at this stage sorry. I would prefer to keep this in the same manner as netflix. We could extend the rental period later. We are just getting a feel for this ourselves. It has for example just dawned on us that when we make the Tikka bedding video, we will need to have this available for a long period as we find many folk take a long time to make a start and then follow through. So again, we are just feeling our way with this.
09 Mar 2017
@ 03:10 pm (GMT)

Luke Lahdenranta

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Hi Nathan, the timing of your Tikka set up video is impeccable. With the old Tikka T3 getting cleared out to make room for the new T3x models(at least around here), we just couldn't pass up the savings with my brother picking up a Lite in 22-250, my cousin a hunter SS 30-06 and myself grabbing a Lite in 243 Win. Even though I have access to this info in your book series, I still enjoyed watching it. Also the video is perfect to forward to my brother and cousin. Great stuff again Nathan!
11 Mar 2017
@ 09:17 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: The Tikka Rifle- Video learning
Thanks Luke. By keeping the footage to an 'as it happened' format, you can see how the rifle behaved in line with the book series.

I worked on a Rem SPS this week but due to having the client with me I was not at liberty to take footage. In any case, this rifle behaved as per the accurizing book and again it was a case of following the dotted line and achieving the desired outcome. I just wish we could have filmed this rifle's quirks. This rifle started the day like a 12 gauge and at the end of the day we finished by shooting a nice group at 1km. It was a very fast pace though (steps taken), not for the faint hearted regarding rifle treatment. I hope to be able to make a video addressing these issues this year, perhaps we can call it "rough sex with an SPS". That said, we may have a Howa / WBY that needs this treatment in the near future, possibly a fast and hard overhaul- all of which can be achieved in a DIY setting.

There are not too many differences between the T3 and T3X. My one concern with the X is that the steel lug if not properly aligned can cause double groups due to an increase in harmonic vibrations. The ali, though it ends up with a bite mark, behaves as a point of battery. I know a lot of folk complain about the ali bite mark but this is no different to Mauser using a brass block in their stocks for the K98 action lug to bite into. Again a point of battery. Perhaps it is par for the course for the new generation to complain about such things. Much like the new trends such as the latest bull- "a vertical grip helps tame recoil via recoil control at the thumb". Anyone who has spent any time involved in hand to hand combat will tell you- the thumb is the weak point. A weight lifter will at times isolate the thumbs simply to unload his or her tendons and prevent damage.

As far as T3 lugs go, in my experience, Titanium is a good steel to work with because of its lower harmonic resonance. Put simply, if you strike a large piece of Ti with a light ball peen hammer, it produces a slightly dull noise similar to ali. You do not need a graph or computer model for this, just your ears and a dose of common sense will do. This does seem to translate into fewer harmonic issues in practice. But in any case, the harder the lug- the more exacting the alignment must be. This was a major part of our own learning curve when developing the bedding compound and bedding methods.

We will try to get the Tikka bedding video completed as soon as possible. This will have all of the tips and tricks for both gunsmiths and DIY users. The difference in lug material was not relevant to this past video but is something we need to discuss in the next.

FYI, I have of late come across some extremely bad workmanship on T3 rifles performed by various gunsmiths. Some seem (I have no evidence, only a gut feel) to deliberately try to do the opposite of what we teach just to be contrary. The results have been disastrous. Some jobs look as bad as they perform. Others trick the customer, the job looking very smart but lacking in function, accuracy and any basic understanding of physics (regardless of the intellectual explanations). I witnessed as a distant bystander one which had further mods, the stuff of nightmares. Please guys, be very careful of who you employ. In many instances, the DIY route is the better and sometimes safer bet, even if you make mistakes and have to start over- and over again until you get it right.


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