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Jun 13th, 2012 at 5:15am
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I am trying to find some information on a Tikka M55 rifle that I purchased. 

.223, with Serial 550-159***.

1.)Year of manufacture,
2.)The unusual stock, is it a delux? Looks like a rosewood and walnut? With a white band separating the different wood.

Anyone with information on these rifles, I would appreciate a push in the right direction to find the information

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Reply #1 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 7:09am
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Link to Tikka site where you can download information on your rifle.

http://www.tikka.fi/oldmodels.php
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:18am
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Thanks JWB.
What i am after is the age of te rifle. Any ideas?
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Reply #3 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:42am
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I used to work in a sports shop after school (Tisdalls). I recall them then, and I know they were in the shops for a few years after that. Counting back, I would think your rifle was made around 1967 (ish).

The M55 is a beautiful rifle.
  

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Reply #4 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:55am
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Looking forward to the pics. I have one but I it is a different stock to what I have seen on a few others.

This was her after TJ had worked hi magic on it


  
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Reply #5 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:56am
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Thats a good really good one.
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:05pm
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nice rifle the m55
they were sold in america under the brand ithaca and also seen some called stirling finlander.

very smooth action and accurate with bofors steel barrels and are equal to the sakos of the same period.

made from about 1965 till 1989 when the company was taken over by sako.

think they had a round forend till 1980ish then went to a more angled cut forend if that helps.
and the deluxe had the rosewood forend and pistol grip cap.
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:09pm
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Cut barrel too. Class.
  

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Reply #8 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 10:33pm
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I had an LSA-55 in 22/250 for about 30 years.  Incredibly accurate. I eventually burnt out the lead after several thousand rounds.  I traded it on a Sako 75 regretting it ever since.
Purchased around 1970.
Mine had slightly different wood to the photo, same fore-end but no rosewood spacer. (Had the angled fore-end in 1970.)
It was branded Stirling Finlander which I think was for the Australian market (were popular there) but the recoil pad was branded Ithaca (I guess as part of Tikka and Sako trying to get partnerships into the American market).  I still have the serial number recorded somewhere.  I will locate it and compare it to yours.  The Achilles heal of them now is the detachable mag - DON'T LOOSE IT. I wish I wish I wish I had never parted with it.
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 13th, 2012 at 10:44pm
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Found my old info - purchased mine new for $155 in June 74.  Sold in 2004 for $300 with poked barrel (gave it away should have rebarreled.. Seen them on TM some time ago for much more than I gave mine away for).  Serial number was 550 120043 so predates yours. $155 at the time was reasonably expensive.  When I bought it I traded an Anschutz 222 for it.  The parting with the Anschutz was another of my life's great regrets now.  Beautiful gun built on Krico action.
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Reply #10 - Jun 15th, 2012 at 8:03pm
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The different wood on the end of mine is not original. When I got mine the fore end had been shortned for some reason and TJ added the wood to the end to take it back to what looked like the normal stock length.
The barrel on mine was also fluted which when I asked around looks like it was done after market.

Nicho270 have you got pictures of your one yet?
  
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Reply #11 - Jun 15th, 2012 at 8:47pm
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mick hunter wrote on Jun 15th, 2012 at 8:03pm:
The barrel on mine was also fluted which when I asked around looks like it was done after market.


Tikka made a 20 inch fluted barrel model M55 called a "Trapper" which was slightly lighter than the standard model.
Rare as rocking horse shit......if you can find one at all........people don't seem to part with them.
  

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Reply #12 - Jun 15th, 2012 at 9:19pm
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Here's mine
M55, 308, Hilver rings and Bushnell Elite 4200.
very accurate rifle
Sick of saying this but "wish I han't sold it" .
  

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Reply #13 - Jun 15th, 2012 at 10:37pm
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Jakewire - yours is the same stock as mine (well what was mine...).  I also had a Hilver mount but it was the bridge type which I eventually replaced with PH rings.  I think Tikkas of that era were popular in Aus as the Hilver bridge mount was specifically made by Hilver for that model.
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Reply #14 - Jun 16th, 2012 at 12:45am
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Yes they seemed to be popular in Aussie, you still get them coming up here occasionally
http://usedguns.com.au/used_rifles.html, investigated the price of shipping one they said was unmarked  in 22 250 to NZ but the cost was alittle steep buy thetime it got here, 1500 or near to, looked mint though
Bought mine less mounts and the other 11rds of the original box of ammo  for 800
  

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Reply #15 - Jun 16th, 2012 at 12:52am
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early 70's I have a LSA 55 and a LSA 65
  

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Reply #16 - Jun 16th, 2012 at 4:36am
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Ok finally here are some photos.  I needed to retrain myself on how to post images.

So any info on the stock, if this means it is a delux then great.  But any info would be great.

Also I can not find a serail number register for tikka M55 on line.  If anyone knows...








  

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Reply #17 - Jun 16th, 2012 at 5:08am
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No iron sights or evidence that there were any?  Barrel markings?  Is this the original barrel?
  
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