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24 Apr 2015 18:37 #1 by jml01
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Hey all quick question many years ago I remember someone on a shooting forum mentioning filling their tikka stock (butt end) with sand maybe? to weight the rifle up a bit more to reduce felt recoil. I just want to know how this went and if it worked or not? Just something I remember and wanted to ask around. Just a thought.

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24 Apr 2015 18:47 #2 by Gwion
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Been done before and work well enough.

My Howa Hogue (before i passed it on to a new owner) was weighted with a lump of roofing lead. It was just 223 and not for recoil but to balance the rifle better.

Also hear of people mixing lead shot or fishing sinkers in with epoxy or poly resin. Don't know much about Tikka other than what i read here but i wouldn't want to make my rifle butt heavy.

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24 Apr 2015 18:48 - 24 Apr 2015 18:49 #3 by Aushunter
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Hi jm, can you be a bit more descriptive!
Is it a varmint synthetic stock or wood??

Is it for balance as well or just to reduce recoil?

Just asking because you can also fill in the stock in the forend if you want & could help in shooting off a bench!
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24 Apr 2015 19:16 #4 by jml01
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Aushunter wrote: Hi jm, can you be a bit more descriptive!
Is it a varmint synthetic stock or wood??

Is it for balance as well or just to reduce recoil?

Just asking because you can also fill in the stock in the forend if you want & could help in shooting off a bench!


Hey its a tikka lite synthetic stock. Wondering mainly about reducing felt recoil by adding weight to the rifle is all.
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24 Apr 2015 19:21 #5 by Send-it
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Might be easier to fit a more absorbent recoil pad/but plate?

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24 Apr 2015 19:32 #6 by Baldrick
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Or sell it and buy a varminter?

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24 Apr 2015 19:38 #7 by jml01
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its not something Im set on doing was just wondering about it.

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24 Apr 2015 19:48 #8 by Aushunter
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My next question is what cartridge/calibre are we talking here jm?

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25 Apr 2015 12:10 #9 by jml01
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Aushunter wrote: My next question is what cartridge/calibre are we talking here jm?


Hey mate its a tikka lite 308, fine in the bush but off a bench a bit uncomfortable after a few so just throwing ideas around.

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25 Apr 2015 17:04 #10 by Gwion
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Seeing we're throwing ideas around; why not keep the LITE stock for hunting, if it gives you no trouble there, and buy a second stock with a bit more weight to it. There would be plenty of options but Boyds would have something with some heft for a reasonable price. Get to know your torque settings and swapping between range and field stock would be quick and easy.

The fill of the stock (fore & butt, if you prefer) wouldn't be difficult or expensive, but it is a muck around. Probably cost you around $50 for bits plus most of a day to prep, fill, clean up, etc.

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25 Apr 2015 18:11 #11 by Aushunter
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jml01 wrote:

Aushunter wrote: My next question is what cartridge/calibre are we talking here jm?


Hey mate its a tikka lite 308, fine in the bush but off a bench a bit uncomfortable after a few so just throwing ideas around.



What about keeping it as it is & getting a limbsaver?

tikkaperformance.com/tikka-limbsaver

Are you using a proper front & rear rest at the range??

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25 Apr 2015 18:44 #12 by adamjp
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Aushunter wrote: What about keeping it as it is & getting a limbsaver?

tikkaperformance.com/tikka-limbsaver

Are you using a proper front & rear rest at the range??


Just buy a limbsaver.

My 300H&H was fairly lively off the bench (it is 9lb 12oz so it's not light) with the factory Ruger pad (made by Goodyear - and gives like one too!) but swapping over to a Limbsaver made it a completely different rifle.

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25 Apr 2015 19:32 #13 by adventurepaul
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Have done successfully in a couple of rifles both wood and plastic.
Just finished adding 1.5kg to a T3 plastic stock in .300WM. Added weight helps balance and long range accuracy.
I filled areas with mix of Scotch weld resin 2216 and lead shot.

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25 Apr 2015 19:33 #14 by The Hydra
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Another that may or may not help (something I've noticed myself do when shooting paper), is to watch how your head is positioned. Sometimes I find my head is tilted forward (out of laziness more than anything) and so yours eyes and brow are just that bit closer to the scope bell as it comes back under recoil, which I reckon gives the psychological effect/perception that the rifle is recoiling even more than usual, and it puts you at greater risk of actually being ringbarked :S :lol:

A good pad would do wonders though - I've not shot a T3 but their pads feel like garbage :blink: Or you could just use something to nestle between the stock and your shoulder. I was doing that shooting the .303 sporter off the bench. Made it much more tolerable than than brass laying the boot straight into your shoulder.

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25 Apr 2015 19:37 #15 by fleet1
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I hope it works - I just filled the stock of my new H & R Handi Rifle in 45-70 with a couple or three kilos of 9mm projectiles !

I'm still too a'feared to shoot it!

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25 Apr 2015 19:44 #16 by The Hydra
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fleet1 wrote: I hope it works - I just filled the stock of my new H & R Handi Rifle in 45-70 with a couple or three kilos of 9mm projectiles !

I'm still too a'feared to shoot it!


I bet that sucker would kick like a constipated donkey on meth out of the box :woohoo:

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