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Given a choice between the sako a7 and a tikka t3, how much more would you be willing to pay for the A7? Looking forward to hearing from sarge01 whom owns both of these rifles and anyone else with an intelligent response.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I have never had any dealings with the Tikka, but I know Sako makes a darn fine rifle. I've got a friend who has one in a 25/06. it is one fine shooting rifle.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I have a Tikka T3 in 25-06. Nice ergonomics, fantastic trigger, great accuracy. Downsides are too short of bbl (22", would rather have a 24") and for whichever reason it seems to recoil beyond it's caliber, and I am not recoil sensitive. I've been smacked in the glasses more by this rifle than my .338 Win.

The Sakos I've looked at were very similar,but with a three position safety, a little more metal, and I think a different magazine design, although I've not held one in my hands.

In terms of ergonomics and performance, you lose nothing with the Tikka. The Sako is a Sako (if that matters to you) and has a little better level of dress than the Tikka.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

The Sako A7 dosen't have quite the appeal the wood stocked Sakos have that I have looked at, of course the price for one is less. The A7 does have a few improvements( more secure mag ) than the T3, but the accuracy of the two is about the same. In fact the T3 300WSM I had was more accurate than the A7 300WSM that I have now. I am still working and looking for a pet load. I'm not sure if the difference in price is worth it. I am partial but I think that the T3 is the best deal for your money that you can invest in a rifle today. I have had 6 T3's and the only one that I couldn't get to shoot was the 7MM-08. The others not only shot good but shot great. Most were one hole guns. I am sure that the barrels are the same for both rifles. Bottom line if I had it to do over I don't think I would trade my Tikka T3 for the A7 again.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

This really has no bearing whatsoever on the discussion, but I'm in the habit of keeping especially fine groups my rifles have printed whislt sighting them in or working up loads. The best ever was the previously mentioned 25-06 T3, which put three shots into one single hole, sl. elongated. Just put the calipers to it, and it measured 0.057" center to center

Could I ever do this again? No way. Does it measure the accuracy of the rifle? Nope. Did I lose the other two shots somewhere? Maybe, but I was shooting pretty standard groups, well regulated all day, and I had a pretty good sized target. This is normally a 1" load for my rifle. RL19 and Nosler Accubonds, 110 gr.

This group falls under the "cosmic alignment" or "sun shines on a dog's behind" clause for sure, but is still anecdotally interesting.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I don't own either, but have handled them and by all accounts they are accurate, as well. I have heard a few gripes about the T3 Lite in the recoil department, but I will leave that discussion to owners/shooters. I think both rifles are a case of you get what you pay for. A Sako 75 in 7mm Mag or a .300 Magnum would be nice!

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

It's been MANY moons since I held a Sako in my grubby paws. They were fine rifles then, I'm certain they are fine rifle now!
I've never SEEN a Tikka live, that I'm aware of, much less held one.
Unlike others here, I'm a bit sensitive to recoil. That's why I shoot a .270 instead of "Mangrum" of some sort.
Though a firearm of just about ANY make is a "good" investment if purchased wisely, a fine firearm is just that much better investment. I NEVER purchase to trade or sell, so that point is "kinda" moot!
I'd prefer the Sako, just because I think down the road, it will be a better investment.
JMHO!

Bubba

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

As far as recoil I put Simms Limb Saver recoil pads on all of my rifles and they really do the job. My gunsmith, who I trust greatly , says the pads removes as much recoil as a muzzle brake and after shooting them for several years I'm inclined to agree with him. My T3 Lite in 300WSM wasn't bad to shoot and I have shot as many as 40 rounds on the range at one time in between cool down periods. The A7 being a black stainless rifle just dosen't look as good as the Sako 75 or the 85 did. The A7 does have some improvements over the T3 and I will just have to get used to them. The one feature of both rifles is when you pick them up they just "feel right".

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

The Sako A7 dosen't have quite the appeal the wood stocked Sakos have that I have looked at, of course the price for one is less. The A7 does have a few improvements( more secure mag ) than the T3, but the accuracy of the two is about the same. In fact the T3 300WSM I had was more accurate than the A7 300WSM that I have now. I am still working and looking for a pet load. I'm not sure if the difference in price is worth it. I am partial but I think that the T3 is the best deal for your money that you can invest in a rifle today. I have had 6 T3's and the only one that I couldn't get to shoot was the 7MM-08. The others not only shot good but shot great. Most were one hole guns. I am sure that the barrels are the same for both rifles. Bottom line if I had it to do over I don't think I would trade my Tikka T3 for the A7 again.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I have a Tikka T3 in 25-06. Nice ergonomics, fantastic trigger, great accuracy. Downsides are too short of bbl (22", would rather have a 24") and for whichever reason it seems to recoil beyond it's caliber, and I am not recoil sensitive. I've been smacked in the glasses more by this rifle than my .338 Win.

The Sakos I've looked at were very similar,but with a three position safety, a little more metal, and I think a different magazine design, although I've not held one in my hands.

In terms of ergonomics and performance, you lose nothing with the Tikka. The Sako is a Sako (if that matters to you) and has a little better level of dress than the Tikka.

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from ALJoe wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I have never had any dealings with the Tikka, but I know Sako makes a darn fine rifle. I've got a friend who has one in a 25/06. it is one fine shooting rifle.

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from Oryx wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

This really has no bearing whatsoever on the discussion, but I'm in the habit of keeping especially fine groups my rifles have printed whislt sighting them in or working up loads. The best ever was the previously mentioned 25-06 T3, which put three shots into one single hole, sl. elongated. Just put the calipers to it, and it measured 0.057" center to center

Could I ever do this again? No way. Does it measure the accuracy of the rifle? Nope. Did I lose the other two shots somewhere? Maybe, but I was shooting pretty standard groups, well regulated all day, and I had a pretty good sized target. This is normally a 1" load for my rifle. RL19 and Nosler Accubonds, 110 gr.

This group falls under the "cosmic alignment" or "sun shines on a dog's behind" clause for sure, but is still anecdotally interesting.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

I don't own either, but have handled them and by all accounts they are accurate, as well. I have heard a few gripes about the T3 Lite in the recoil department, but I will leave that discussion to owners/shooters. I think both rifles are a case of you get what you pay for. A Sako 75 in 7mm Mag or a .300 Magnum would be nice!

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

It's been MANY moons since I held a Sako in my grubby paws. They were fine rifles then, I'm certain they are fine rifle now!
I've never SEEN a Tikka live, that I'm aware of, much less held one.
Unlike others here, I'm a bit sensitive to recoil. That's why I shoot a .270 instead of "Mangrum" of some sort.
Though a firearm of just about ANY make is a "good" investment if purchased wisely, a fine firearm is just that much better investment. I NEVER purchase to trade or sell, so that point is "kinda" moot!
I'd prefer the Sako, just because I think down the road, it will be a better investment.
JMHO!

Bubba

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

As far as recoil I put Simms Limb Saver recoil pads on all of my rifles and they really do the job. My gunsmith, who I trust greatly , says the pads removes as much recoil as a muzzle brake and after shooting them for several years I'm inclined to agree with him. My T3 Lite in 300WSM wasn't bad to shoot and I have shot as many as 40 rounds on the range at one time in between cool down periods. The A7 being a black stainless rifle just dosen't look as good as the Sako 75 or the 85 did. The A7 does have some improvements over the T3 and I will just have to get used to them. The one feature of both rifles is when you pick them up they just "feel right".

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