Tikka T3x 223/ADI 55 Blitzkings


Oct 15, 2009
This past Saturday I bought a new rifle, one of the Bass Pro/Cabelas exclusive model Tikka T3x's in 223. I wanted it because it has a threaded barrel for my suppressor and a 1:8 twist so I can use heavier bullets. For optics, I mounted a Vortex Viper 6-24x50.

I took it to the range last evening. I had intended to use some Australian Defense Industries 223 ammo loaded with 69gr Matchkings but picked up the same company's ammo loaded with 55gr Blitzkings by mistake. I didn't have time to run home and switch ammo so I pushed on.

I fired the first 3 shot group and thought I had a problem. I could only see one hole in the target. I checked the scope to be sure it was secure. I went to the target and discovered all three bullets had made one small hole. I immediately cut the group out of the target and, knowing there would be doubters, also cut out the cardboard backer that verified the group. It measured .081.

Later in the range session I fired two more groups that measured .478 and .242 . While not as small as the first, these are very respectable. To say I'm happy is an understatement.