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Scope mounts for Tikka M690

About the company

Tikkakoski was at first a metal workshop established in 1893 in Jyväskylä, Finland, which later, at the end of World War I in 1918 evolved into a factory that produced gun components. One of the most important guns of Tikka in the 20th century is most definitely Suomi KP/-31, which is regarded as one of the most successful submachine guns of World War II.

Tikkakoski and Sako cooperated on a prototype rifle series in 1981 and soon after that, Tikkakoski was acquired by Sako. By the end of the decade, the production of Tikka rifles has already shifted from Jyväskylä to Sako headquarters in Riihimäki. Tikka still holds on to their traditional gunsmith craftsmanship, visually inspecting every rifle barrel and then manually testing the rifle with test shots. In 2009 Beretta group took over Sako, which got Sako and Tikka access to the most advanced production methods.

Tikka M690


About the rifle

Tikka M690 was designed to serve as a long action rifle and was meant to complement Tikka M590, which was designed as a short action rifle. It has a 16.5 mm dovetail on top of the receiver, which also features 4 tapped mounting holes, 2 in the front and 2 at the back, along with a hole, that serves as a recoil notch. M690 has a continued dovetail in contrast to some similar models that came before and after M690, which have separated dovetail surface.

You can read more about how mounting system changed on Tikka rifles through time here.

Tikka M690


Standard Tikka M690 is chambered for:

  • .25-06 Rem
  • 6.5x55 SE
  • .270 Win
  • 7x64
  • .30-06
  • 9.3x62

While the Tikka M690 Mag version is chambered for:

  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • .300 Win Mag
  • .338 Win Mag

It comes in variants:

  • Popular
  • Popular Battue
  • Popular Continental
  • Popular Deluxe
  • Popular Trapper

Tikka M690

A: 22 mm
B: 102,3 mm
C: 22 mm

Which rifles have interchangeable mounts

One piece mounts for some other Tikka rifles

  • M558/M658
  • M590
  • M595/695
  • T3/T3x

which are meant to be installed on the 16,5 mm dovetail and make use of the recoil stopper will fit this rifle as well.

Another type of mounts which will fit this rifle are mounts for Tikka

  • M55/M65
  • M590
  • M595/M695
  • T3/T3x

which are meant to make use of 4 tapped mounting holes, but only those that are without recoil stopper and those that have the recoil stopper offset to the back.

Majority of these mounts will have T3/T3x in the name, as these two models are the most recent.

Our recommendation for mounts

Fixed mounts:

For fixed mounts on this rifle, we recommend Optilock Tikka Base mounting bases. We can insert rings onto these bases, but we must be careful, because Optilock rings are available only for 1inch (25.4mm), 30mm and 34mm diameter scope tubes. One special feature of the Optilock rings are the polymer inserts (except the 34mm ring, which does not include inserts), which prevent scratches on the scope. If we want to install scopes with rails or scopes with tube diameters other than these of Optilock rings, we need to reach for rings of other companies like Recknagel, EAW or Osuma, and they fit Optilock bases as well.

Optilock base for Tikka M690

Read more about this on our blog:

Detachable repeatable mounts:

For Tikka M690 repeatable mounts, we would recommend to first install Picatinny rails and then install any detachable repeatable mount that fits Picatinny rails on top of them.

If you would prefer to have detachable repeatable mounts without Picatinny rails, we would recommend MAKlassic pivot mounts.

Picatinny rails:

The best option for installation of Picatinny rails would be the rails of Tier-One.

It is worth mentioning, that these rails are made of aluminium, while the rifle receiver is made of steel, therefore the combination is not ideal, because of the mechanical reasons. More about that in our article:

Help us build our riflescope mounts database

If you have this rifle or any other rifle at home, we would really appreciate it if you could send us some photos of the rifle receiver (mounting surface of the rifle when there are no mounts installed), because it would help us expand our rifle mounts database. If you send us a photo of rifle receiver which we don’t already have, that would be of great value to us and we will definitely reward you for your help.

Please send us an email for more information. You can contact us here: info@optics-trade.eu

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