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Old 11-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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The MVP is a looker. Threaded muzzle is a plus. The only disadvantage is its bumpy ride cycling. The hinged lip on the bolt face is necessary to make AR mags work. If you have $800 to spend, buy it only if you need large mag capacity.

Of the other two, I'd go with the Savage. Reasons: threaded muzzle, lighter weight. The Tikka is a purpose built benchrest hunter. Extra mags are hard to find and ridiculously expensive. Both have superb triggers. The Tikka bolt action is so smooth you can do colonoscopy with it. The Savage action is solid and just fine for deliberate shots. I also like the Savage top slide safety better than the Tikka's tiny lever.
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I've been mulling over an MVP Varmint, too. Anybody know if the barrel is button-rifled? What grouping could be expected at 100 yds?

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Do the MVP 24 inch. A little drag but not bad. 20 in you would loose more velocity. Love mine plus no extra mags to buy. The 20 and 10 round mags work best though.
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Nice. What kind of grouping do you get? (Factory loads or hand loads?)
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If you do your part the MVP will shoot an inch or under five shot groups all day long at 100. Mine shot exceptionally well. I had a redfield scope on it and a Harris bipod.
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Nice. What kind of grouping do you get? (Factory loads or hand loads?)
All Factory loads, no hand loads!

I was shooting this past Wednesday at the city range, initially fired Winchester 5.56 55 gr and later American Eagle 5.56 x 45mm NATO 62 gr.

Winchester was used to re-sight, operator error on me! After sighting completed at 100 yards, grouping was within 2 inches. We were having some wind from the North.

We have steel targets at the 200 and simulated 500 yard markers. I was hearing the 200 yard hits; but, not the 500 yard ones. I had to fire into the dirt backing on the side just to see.

I did fire PMC .223 55 gr as said early in the thread, the bullet drop was almost 4 inches from where the 5.56 was hitting.

I did not bring any other .223 factory ammo with me. Next time I will!
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I've been mulling over an MVP Varmint, too. Anybody know if the barrel is button-rifled? What grouping could be expected at 100 yds? thx
The mvp is button rifled I know that for sure.
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Thx, FishinLuke. Button rifling is almost as good as single cut rifling, I believe. I'll have to check into this rifle further.
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What is button rifling???
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Button rifling is probably the most common manufacturing technique for forming rifled barrels. Essentially, the barrel is drilled out to a little smaller than the finished diameter of the caliber it is to be and then the "button" which is a hardened steel shaft that has the correct rifling on it is past through the barrel and the button cuts the rifling. It is then followed up with finishing step that I do not know much about.I believe it was developed long ago but Remington perfected it for the assembly line 50 years or so ago. I'm sure there is more to the steps than that but hat is the just of it.

It's really nothing out of the ordinary there is just I think (someone correct me if I'm wrong) three types of processes for making barrels.

Hammered cold forged
Cut rifling
Button rifling

And I belie fe now button rifling is the most common.
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