It is stated in the paperwork that Sako and Tikka rifles are certified to shoot 1 inch Minute-of-Angle (MOA) or better before they leave the factory. The manual also states that only good quality

  1. Contents:
  1. Accuracy Guarantees
  2. General Information
  3. Accuracy Evaluation Procedure
  4. Shipping Instructions
  5. Final Notes

1: Accuracy Guarantees:

  1. Sako Centerfire: One (1) MOA at 100 yards, five (5) shots
  2. Tikka Centerfire: One (1) MOA at 100 yards, three (3) shots
  3. Sako and Tikka Rimfire: 30mm (1.18 inch) at 54 yards

2: General Information:

Sako and Tikka centerfire rifles are tested with several known brands (and types) of standard factory ammunition. No one brand of ammunition is consistently used.

Sako rifles must place five (5) consecutive shots within a space of one (1) inch at 100 yards. Tikka rifle shot placement must achieve the same result in three (3) shots. Records of the shot group or type of ammunition used--in relation to a rifle unit--are not retained by Sako or Tikka. If a Sako or Tikka rifle does not meet accuracy standards, it will not be shipped from the factory. In this way, we can assure that your rifle will meet the 1 MOA guarantee.

Through the testing of various ammunition brands and bullet weights, you may find that your rifle shoots one type or brand of cartridge better than another. Bullet weights have a significant impact on accuracy, as they relate to the barrel's rate of twist, as well as the velocity and powder burn rate of the cartridge. The best recommendation that Beretta USA can proffer is the use of premium or match labeled ammunition, combined with a bullet weight compatible with your barrel's rate of twist, to yield the best accuracy results. We cannot recommend a particular brand of ammunition, which is a result of liability concerns and corporate policy.  Reloads are never recommended.

Please note that modifying your rifle (i.e. using aftermarket parts, threading or porting the barrel) will void the warranty and accuracy guarantee. These types of modifications can negatively affect barrel harmonics and create other conditions that impede the accuracy of your rifle. The accuracy guarantees of Sako and Tikka rifles are based upon test results of an unmodified unit before it leaves the factory.

If your rifle does not perform to the aforementioned standards, you may send your firearm to Beretta USA for accuracy testing. We will assess a $70 evaluation fee that covers labor, ammunition, and return shipping costs. If the results indicate that your rifle does not meet manufacturer parameters (and it is under warranty), we will service your rifle to bring it into compliance with factory standards. In this case, we will also waive the $70 evaluation fee and return your rifle at no charge. If your rifle is not under warranty, we will contact you with a quotation for service. In all cases, you will receive copies of targets indicating the targeting results.

3: Our Accuracy Evaluation Procedure:

All Beretta USA imported Sako and Tikka factory accuracy evaluations are conducted at Beretta USA in Accokeek, Maryland.  Beretta USA does not perform accuracy evaluations for Sako and Tikka rifles that were manufactured prior to the acquisition of Sako and Tikka by Beretta Holding (2001-).

Accuracy evaluations for all firearms, Sako and Tikka included, are serviced in the order received. Accuracy evaluations are subject to the average repair turnaround time, as they are grouped with all other services.

Prior to targeting customer rifles, we frequently scrub the barrel interior with an available bore cleaner.

Currently, our gunsmiths evaluate all precision rifles by bracing the unit in a "Lead-Sled," which serves to eliminate unwanted muzzle movement and preventable human error. The target is set at exactly 109.4 yards (100m) from the end of the muzzle. Using a 36x scope and Optilock rings, a cold-bore "fouling shot" is first taken. This is done to assure consistency for the following 3-5 shots. Our gunsmiths use quality factory ammunition that is currently available to our facility, and no one particular brand is used.

In almost every case, the firearm performs to factory standards, if not better. The results are measured by computer software for group precision.

NOTE: The vast majority of Sako and Tikka rifles that arrive for accuracy evaluations produce results that are consistent with the 1 MOA/30mm guarantee. There are many external factors that may have a negative impact on accuracy. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Shooter skill and human error (e.g. experience and muzzle sway, respectively)
  2. Fundamentals (e.g. trigger control and breathing)
  3. Scope/mount quality and proper assembly/mounting
  4. Ammunition quality and characteristics
  5. Environmental factors

As such, we encourage all of our customers to address these characteristics prior to sending the firearm in for evaluation, as this will save you time, money, and inconvenience.  You may replicate the aforementioned details of our accuracy evaluation, should you wish to troubleshoot the issue.

4: Shipping:

Would you like to send your firearm in for evaluation? Click here for comprehensive instructions and FAQs.

5: Final Notes:

As so few rifles ever yield negative results, Beretta USA will not cover the cost of shipping the rifle to the factory for evaluation.  The consumer is responsible for all initial shipping charges, and they cannot be reimbursed for these costs.  If the firearm is deemed defective, and covered by the factory warranty, then the proper corrective action is taken at no cost to the consumer, and the return shipping cost is absorbed by Beretta USA.

If you decide to send your rifle to Beretta for accuracy testing, please remove your scope, but leave the rings in place.  Shipping the scope may result in damage, and our gunsmiths will not use your scope in an accuracy evaluation.

How do I remove the plug in my ES100 Pintail?

Caution: Make sure the firearm is unloaded before performing any procedures.

The Pintail shotgun is received from the factory with the magazine capacity limited to 3 rounds, which includes 2 shells in the magazine and 1 shell in the chamber.  By removing the limiter rod, the magazine capacity can be increased by 1 round, which would change the magazine capacity to 4 rounds, 3 shells in the magazine and 1 shell in the chamber. 

To remove the limiter rod, please apply the following instructions:

1.  Check the chamber and magazine to ensure that they are empty and that the firearm in not loaded.

2.  Unscrew the fore-end cap.

3.  While holding the fore-end, tilt the shotgun muzzle toward the ground, the rod will fall out from the threaded magazine stud.

4.  Reinstall the fore-end cap.  You will now be able to load 3 shells in the magazine, and 1 shell in the chamber for a total capacity of 4 rounds.

To reinstall the limiter rod, please apply the following instructions:

1.  Check the chamber and magazine to ensure that they are empty and that the firearm in not loaded.

2.  Unscrew the fore-end cap. 

3.  Slide the limiter rod back in the hole inside the fore-end stud, and reinstall the fore-end cap.