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which is better, a Tikka T3, or a weatherby vanguard. im looking at the wooden stocks so they are around the same price. any info on the companies and the accuracy and performance would be appreciated.

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from mesarich wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I have a weatherby vanguard in .300 weatherby magnum. It shoots like a champ. Really good gun, really like it. Cant speak for the Tikka T3. never owned one.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

i have a weatherby in .300 wichester mag and it's one of my finer rifles. i was under the impression that tikka was a lot more expensive than the vanguard.

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from jay wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I have two weatherby vanuguards (sub-moa versions), .30-06 and .338 wm. My tikka T3 hunter is in .300 wm. All three are very accurate. The vanguards are heavier and seem to be built sturdier. If I was into reloading, I would prefer the vanguard. I prefer the Tikka for mountain hunting, because its lighter. The bolt on the tikka is smoother. I like the detachable magazine on the Tikka compared to the floor plate on the vanguards however you can get a detachable magazines for the vanguards. Hands down, the trigger on Tikka is superior. The vanguards have wider openings that allow easy loading directly thru the ejection port; the tikka has a smaller opening is harder to load that way but not impossible. Many guys complain about the plastic trigger guard and magazine; I have not had an issue with them -I'll trade the extra weight.

I think you can get a wood stocked Tikka quite a bit cheaper the vanguard; although IMO the weatherby wood stock is far superior to those found on the tikka.

Also, keep in mind that my vanguards are the sub-moa models so I have something with a superior stock and better accuracy than the run of the mill vanguards.

In my opinion, you have chosen the best of the best in that price category. If you can talk yourself out of a wood stock, you need to take a close look at the vanguard 2.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I recently bought a Vanguard 2 in 300 Wby and agree with the above comments. It is very accurate and slightly heavy which I prefer. Light rifles are more difficult for me to hold steady and light barrels heat up very fast.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I can only speak of the Tikka T3's and they are the best shooting rifles that I have ever owned. Like already said they have the smoothest bolt you will find and the adjustable trigger is great. They are light and are a dream to carry. I have owned several Tikka T3's for several years and have had no problems with any of them. If I was buying another rifle today it would be a Tikka T3.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I also can only speak on behalf of the Tikka -- I own one in .300 Win Mag with a wood stock. Very accurate, well made, and easy to carry.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Remigton 700.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

When you ask for a comparison between two rifles, you may trust the opinion of the person who owns both. Very thorough and balanced answer from jay.

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from jay wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks 99.

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from shane wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Tikka. More accurate than the non-Sub-MOA designated Vanguards, better trigger, better action, better barrels.

Tikkas are made in Finland, owned by Sako, and use Sako barrels - some of the best factory barrels ever made. These guns are made and designed by Finnish guys that know hunting. Vanguards (Howa 1500) are made by Japanese guys that likely don't own rifles or hunt.

Both good rifles, though.

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from sgaredneck wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

IMO the Vanguard/Howa maybe ever so slightly edges the Tikka in workmanship and feel/heft. But for one that's light to carry the Tikka has its advantages. I have a Tikka, my Dad borrowed mine some and bought one for himself, and we have turned several friends onto them.

I could have either and be OK. They are both good guns, just I personally prefer the Tikka. Jay is spot on with his comments. Del's point is well taken on the heft vs. light weight and barrel heating.

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from shane wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I guess I offended a Weatherby fan with my facts...

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Don't worry Shane I happen to agree with you and I have had both rifles. Both rifles are good rifles but I prefer the Tikka. I have a Sako A7 too and you can see the Sako features in the Tikka and that is good.

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from hutter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Tikka/SAKO Vanguard/Wal-mart nufsed

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from jay wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I have two weatherby vanuguards (sub-moa versions), .30-06 and .338 wm. My tikka T3 hunter is in .300 wm. All three are very accurate. The vanguards are heavier and seem to be built sturdier. If I was into reloading, I would prefer the vanguard. I prefer the Tikka for mountain hunting, because its lighter. The bolt on the tikka is smoother. I like the detachable magazine on the Tikka compared to the floor plate on the vanguards however you can get a detachable magazines for the vanguards. Hands down, the trigger on Tikka is superior. The vanguards have wider openings that allow easy loading directly thru the ejection port; the tikka has a smaller opening is harder to load that way but not impossible. Many guys complain about the plastic trigger guard and magazine; I have not had an issue with them -I'll trade the extra weight.

I think you can get a wood stocked Tikka quite a bit cheaper the vanguard; although IMO the weatherby wood stock is far superior to those found on the tikka.

Also, keep in mind that my vanguards are the sub-moa models so I have something with a superior stock and better accuracy than the run of the mill vanguards.

In my opinion, you have chosen the best of the best in that price category. If you can talk yourself out of a wood stock, you need to take a close look at the vanguard 2.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

i have a weatherby in .300 wichester mag and it's one of my finer rifles. i was under the impression that tikka was a lot more expensive than the vanguard.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I can only speak of the Tikka T3's and they are the best shooting rifles that I have ever owned. Like already said they have the smoothest bolt you will find and the adjustable trigger is great. They are light and are a dream to carry. I have owned several Tikka T3's for several years and have had no problems with any of them. If I was buying another rifle today it would be a Tikka T3.

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from mesarich wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I have a weatherby vanguard in .300 weatherby magnum. It shoots like a champ. Really good gun, really like it. Cant speak for the Tikka T3. never owned one.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I also can only speak on behalf of the Tikka -- I own one in .300 Win Mag with a wood stock. Very accurate, well made, and easy to carry.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I recently bought a Vanguard 2 in 300 Wby and agree with the above comments. It is very accurate and slightly heavy which I prefer. Light rifles are more difficult for me to hold steady and light barrels heat up very fast.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

When you ask for a comparison between two rifles, you may trust the opinion of the person who owns both. Very thorough and balanced answer from jay.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Don't worry Shane I happen to agree with you and I have had both rifles. Both rifles are good rifles but I prefer the Tikka. I have a Sako A7 too and you can see the Sako features in the Tikka and that is good.

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from hutter wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Tikka/SAKO Vanguard/Wal-mart nufsed

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Remigton 700.

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from jay wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Thanks 99.

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from sgaredneck wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

IMO the Vanguard/Howa maybe ever so slightly edges the Tikka in workmanship and feel/heft. But for one that's light to carry the Tikka has its advantages. I have a Tikka, my Dad borrowed mine some and bought one for himself, and we have turned several friends onto them.

I could have either and be OK. They are both good guns, just I personally prefer the Tikka. Jay is spot on with his comments. Del's point is well taken on the heft vs. light weight and barrel heating.

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from shane wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I guess I offended a Weatherby fan with my facts...

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from shane wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Tikka. More accurate than the non-Sub-MOA designated Vanguards, better trigger, better action, better barrels.

Tikkas are made in Finland, owned by Sako, and use Sako barrels - some of the best factory barrels ever made. These guns are made and designed by Finnish guys that know hunting. Vanguards (Howa 1500) are made by Japanese guys that likely don't own rifles or hunt.

Both good rifles, though.

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