Which Tikka Barrel?

Steve_O

Sergeant of the Hide
PX Member
Minuteman
Aug 29, 2020
149
68
Hello, need some help picking a barrel maker for my Tikka that I will be using for PRS. I checked Proofs website and it don’t seem like they come in a heavy contour? Any other suggestions for who makes a good barrel? Thanks again
 

MarinePMI

Ban Cat Handler
Staff member
Moderator
Commercial Supporter
PX Member
Minuteman
  • Jun 3, 2010
    7,230
    9,168
    San Diego, Ca
    Carbon6. I have one, and it shoots well.

    As an aside, carbon fiber barrels do tend to generate a mirage much quicker than a regular barrel, so for PRS type matches, keep that in mind.
     

    Steve_O

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 29, 2020
    149
    68
    Carbon6. I have one, and it shoots well.

    As an aside, carbon fiber barrels do tend to generate a mirage much quicker than a regular barrel, so for PRS type matches, keep that in mind.

    Sorry I was looking for a stainless barrel.
     

    wade2big

    Knowing just enough to be dangerous
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Sep 16, 2017
    4,343
    4,718
    TEXAS
    How do there barrels compare to say a Bartlein or similar barrel?
    Rock creek are top tier as well. I have only had one Bartlein barrel and could tell no difference. Any top tier barrel chambered by a good smith would be equals. You coukd send a Bartlein to them as well if thats what you want.

    The only reason I recommend PVA is because they have done all my barrels and I haven’t had a reason not to keep using them. There are other guys like keystone accuracy, LRI etc that all turn out good stuff. I just have never used them.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: YotaEer

    Steve_O

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 29, 2020
    149
    68
    Rock creek are top tier as well. I have only had one Bartlein barrel and could tell no difference. Any top tier barrel chambered by a good smith would be equals. You coukd send a Bartlein to them as well if thats what you want.

    The only reason I recommend PVA is because they have done all my barrels and I haven’t had a reason not to keep using them. There are other guys like keystone accuracy, LRI etc that all turn out good stuff. I just have never used them.

    I will check them out thanks for the recommendation.
     

    Steve_O

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 29, 2020
    149
    68
    Just doing some interweb searching and came across McGowen Barrels, why are they much cheaper than something from PVA ect?
     

    darrenk75b

    Sergeant
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 28, 2007
    963
    69
    Chico, Ca
    probably a newer company that doesnt have a reputation yet, what barrels do they use?
    Uhhh, no. McGowan has been around for a long time making barrels. Never top tier barrels but generally a step above a factory barrel. Some shoot very well, above what you would expect for the cost. It seems like their newer barrels generally perform better thank the barrels of old (newer machines?).

    Also, McGowan makes their own barrels whereas PVA sources a barrel from Rock Creek and then chambers and contours them. I'm sure that saves a decent amount for the McGowan.
     

    Gregor.Samsa

    Gunny Sergeant
    PX Member
    Minuteman
  • May 4, 2019
    607
    636
    NorCal
    It sure if this is relevant in your situation but the old axiom; “ you want cheap, Fast or quality?” Pick any two holds true here IMHO. I think LRI and PVA have earned their reputations. I will go to them when I rebarrel my tikka.
     

    Steve_O

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 29, 2020
    149
    68
    It sure if this is relevant in your situation but the old axiom; “ you want cheap, Fast or quality?” Pick any two holds true here IMHO. I think LRI and PVA have earned their reputations. I will go to them when I rebarrel my tikka.

    Iam probably going with PVA just was curious what made there barrels that much cheaper.
     

    Steel head

    Feral kitten
    PX Member
    Minuteman
  • Aug 3, 2014
    13,734
    35,948
    Washington
    Just doing some interweb searching and came across McGowen Barrels, why are they much cheaper than something from PVA ect?
    Button barrels made to a bit lower level than a Rock and probably not as much attention to detail as PVA plus they make and machine the barrel so less mark up.
    Odds are the Mcgowen will shoot pretty damn good though.
     

    wade2big

    Knowing just enough to be dangerous
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Sep 16, 2017
    4,343
    4,718
    TEXAS
    Button barrels made to a bit lower level than a Rock and probably not as much attention to detail as PVA.
    Odds are the Mcgowen will shoot pretty damn good though.
    PVA offers button and rifle cut rock creek barrels. I have only bought the button cut and have been happy. They claim how Rock Creek makes them that their isn’t a bit of difference on performance or longevity. I wouldn’t know as the cheaper button barrels do everything I could expect.
     

    Steel head

    Feral kitten
    PX Member
    Minuteman
  • Aug 3, 2014
    13,734
    35,948
    Washington
    PVA offers button and rifle cut rock creek barrels. I have only bought the button cut and have been happy. They claim how Rock Creek makes them that their isn’t a bit of difference on performance or longevity. I wouldn’t know as the cheaper button barrels do everything I could expect.
    Button barrels can be fantastic.
    Rock creek button barrels have a good reputation.

    I’ve had a bunch of excellent Shilen’s
    $400 is a lot nicer to than $650-750
     

    wade2big

    Knowing just enough to be dangerous
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Sep 16, 2017
    4,343
    4,718
    TEXAS
    Button barrels can be fantastic.
    Rock creek button barrels have a good reputation.

    I’ve had a bunch of excellent Shilen’s
    $400 is a lot nicer to than $650-750
    Yes it is as long as it shoots well and holds up as long as the higher quality barrels. It may. I wouldn’t know.
     

    bassmaster07

    Private
    Supporter
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Jan 10, 2018
    355
    134
    So semi new guy here. About a year ago I put on a PVA button 6.5 shouldered prefit on my Tikka. Bought during one of his sales and had it in my hands in less than 3 weeks. I am not a great shot but during first range trip I shot a 5 shot group that went .33 at 100.
    A1363BA8-603E-4920-A748-478295A6506D.jpeg
    Now I have not done it again as it was mostly good barrel a bad lucky shooter. PVA was great to deal with.

    I can typically shoot .5 to .75 groups with it. That is about as good as I can shoot.
    Also @bohem (Josh at PVA) is a supporter.
     
    Last edited:

    Steve_O

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 29, 2020
    149
    68
    For PRS what barrel contour do your guys recommend?
     

    spife7980

    Luchador
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Feb 10, 2017
    9,511
    8,196
    Central TX
    For PRS what barrel contour do your guys recommend?
    As fat as you can get. My match dasher is a pva shouldered proof comp contour, my match 6creed is a pva straight contour barrel nut set up.
    The proof comp is right at 7 lbs, the straight plus barrel nut is 6 lbs, both 26".

    The tikka will be a bit thinner at the shank with its slightly smaller action diameter but for prs I would put as thick as you could get for otherwise free weight and recoil reduction. I wouldnt go smaller than a m40/mtu. Ive got a 20" 6.5 creed mtu pva on my trainer rifle and its noticeably lighter and higher recoiling but its still not bad by any means. But for competing you certainly will notice it.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 260284

    Steve_O

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 29, 2020
    149
    68
    As fat as you can get. My match dasher is a pva shouldered proof comp contour, my match 6creed is a pva straight contour barrel nut set up.
    The proof comp is right at 7 lbs, the straight plus barrel nut is 6 lbs, both 26".

    The tikka will be a bit thinner at the shank with its slightly smaller action diameter but for prs I would put as thick as you could get for otherwise free weight and recoil reduction. I wouldnt go smaller than a m40/mtu. Ive got a 20" 6.5 creed mtu pva on my trainer rifle and its noticeably lighter and higher recoiling but its still not bad by any means. But for competing you certainly will notice it.

    With the Tikka will it accept the larger Proof Comp? If so I would definitely want that contour in 26 inch. Just haven’t decided on 6 or 6.5 Creedmoor.
     

    spife7980

    Luchador
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Feb 10, 2017
    9,511
    8,196
    Central TX
    With the Tikka will it accept the larger Proof Comp? If so I would definitely want that contour in 26 inch. Just haven’t decided on 6 or 6.5 Creedmoor.
    I assume that pva would just try to turn the shank down a smidge from to fit within the thinner action diameter but will keep everything going forward the same and thick as hell. But I dont actually know what they would do or if it would just stand proud of the action. (I just know I had to send my mcgowen howage back)
     

    Luke G

    Sergeant of the Hide
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Dec 9, 2019
    155
    66
    The McGowan barrels shoot great, carbon6 uses their blanks and they have a half moa guarantee. If you are looking for a better chance to have some something that preforms in the .2-.3 range Straightjacket armory or PVA will be good bets.
     

    cooper_257

    Sergeant
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Jan 10, 2011
    302
    33
    Post Falls ID
    Bugholes can do a great prefit barrel for your Tikka. he carries many different great barrel blanks and if what you want is in stock his turnaround is very quick
     

    viking78

    Private
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Jul 6, 2011
    1,272
    2,523
    FINLAND
    www.youtube.com
    Krieger does also have great barrels.
    I have one ony my 6.5 creed.
    It shoots 0.2-0.3 MOA, i have manage to shoot once when me nervs hold it, 0.15 MOA with 5-shots.
    123gr Lapua Scenar 100-meters.


    Barrel is now cut 3" off, so it is now 21".
    HG28.JPG
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Lionsbreath

    AirgunnerPCP

    Private
    Minuteman
    Jun 16, 2020
    44
    26
    Charlotte
    Just got my PVA tikka prefit in a week or so ago. Haven't shot it yet but seems to be good quality with good machining. Going back n forth between waiting on my factory barrel to be shot out (has ~900rd on it so far) and just spinning on the PVA right now....
     

    bassmaster07

    Private
    Supporter
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Jan 10, 2018
    355
    134
    Just got my PVA tikka prefit in a week or so ago. Haven't shot it yet but seems to be good quality with good machining. Going back n forth between waiting on my factory barrel to be shot out (has ~900rd on it so far) and just spinning on the PVA right now....
    Just spin it on and enjoy that over priced ammo! My factory 6.5 only has about 500 on it. Just know that while you might think you swap them back and forth, you won't want to.
     

    chevy_man

    Major Hide Member
    PX Member
    Minuteman
  • Jan 25, 2019
    1,581
    1,275
    For PRS what barrel contour do your guys recommend?
    As heavy as you want to carry. I did a McGowan #8 on my latest build. It's heavier than an MTU.


    I've never had a bad McGowan, but I also handload everything so I'm always tuning the ammo to the barrel. I've never put factory ammo through most of my rifles.
     

    AirgunnerPCP

    Private
    Minuteman
    Jun 16, 2020
    44
    26
    Charlotte
    Just spin it on and enjoy that over priced ammo! My factory 6.5 only has about 500 on it. Just know that while you might think you swap them back and forth, you won't want to.
    This is what I'm leaning towards. I don't centerfire a ton so it might be another year until the stock barrel is worn our haha
     

    bassmaster07

    Private
    Supporter
    PX Member
    Minuteman
    Jan 10, 2018
    355
    134
    This is what I'm leaning towards. I don't centerfire a ton so it might be another year until the stock barrel is worn our haha
    Just read up well on taking off the factory barrel. Some say it is easy and some say it is a pain. I had a local smith do it. The finish got pretty messed up but I don't care. I asked PVA and we went with their recommended 70 lbs for the new barrel.
     

    AirgunnerPCP

    Private
    Minuteman
    Jun 16, 2020
    44
    26
    Charlotte
    Just read up well on taking off the factory barrel. Some say it is easy and some say it is a pain. I had a local smith do it. The finish got pretty messed up but I don't care. I asked PVA and we went with their recommended 70 lbs for the new barrel.
    Funny you mention this, I just got back from a local smith who tried to pull it off. We decided to just cut a relief cut in the barrel. Hopefully I'll have it by Monday.
     

    Wizzer

    Private
    Minuteman
    Feb 2, 2021
    50
    34
    80228
    Old man McGowan was making barrels in the 1950's, my dad had one put on a 1903 Springfield about 1962. I have a new McGowan blank on the way for my Tikka, due any day.