Hey guys, it feels like I have been waiting forever for this to arrive in my local store but today I finally picked it up!
I originally ordered a 1 in 12 twist but two weeks later I changed my mind and went for the 1 in 8 twist. It took another whole month to arrive....
I spoke to plenty of people with Tikka T3's in 223 and they all said they had no problems with the 1 in 8 shooting the 55 grain bullets. In the end I wanted my purchase to double up as a varminter and paper puncher and the 1 in 12 just wasn't going to cut it when I want to be able to shoot out further with the heavier bullets. I'm going to start reloading for this and my 308 soon. I like how the 223 is relatively affordable for me to shoot since I plan to do plenty of it.
I don't have a scope yet. I ordered a Viper PST Gen 2 5-25 FFP EBR 2C on Optics Planet since they originally said they would have them in stock by now. Now they are saying the won't get their shipment until July 13.... I'm pretty tempted to cancel my order and get a Burris XTR 2 5-25 so I can use it now but it would set me back another $400-$500 since Optics Planet is offering a 23% discount on the new PST's.
Not sure what to do yet but I want to start testing out some factory loads. So far I love the look and feel of this rifle.
Here's the link to the old thread http://www.sniperforums.com/forum/cartridges-calibers/61977-tikka-t3x-223-1-8-twist-1-12-a.html