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Tikka T3 Review and Comments

Uploaded on September 18, 2009

Tikka T3 -- I've seen several folks really brag up this model of rifle -- some claiming its the best there is. I own one in .300 win mag; it is a very accurate rifle. I also own several other brands: browning, remington, ruger, weatherby, etc. Comparing the tikka to the others this is what I have found:

1. The tikka has the smoothest bolt out of all of them. The thing I don't like is that it is a 2 piece bolt

2. I don't care for the plastic trigger guard. Give me steel.

3. I don't care for the detachable plastic magazine.

4. The tikka is one of the more well balanced.

5. The tikka just *fits* me well. Hard to explain but you guys know what I'm talking about.

I don't own a Sako (tikka is Sako's cheaper line) but I would bet this would be a rifle I would really fall in love with. Most of the items I don't like in the tikka would not be issues with the Sako.

What are your thoughts on the Tikka T3?

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I think any Tikka rifle is a dependable choice. I personally have shot the Tikka T3 Varmint setup and liked it but not enough to own one. I myself own many other brands of rifles and my favorite is Winchester by far, the pure simplicity and reliability won me over. I think it is one of the many wonderful rifles out there and everybody's opinion on the "best rifle ever made" varies.

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from coulterboy wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

You can't go wrong with the Tikka T3. It really has a smooth action, though not as smooth as the SAKO. I say that cause I have a SAKO. I also like the Tikka's stainless finish over the Savage rifles. It's all about preferences. I am not about to badmouth the plastic detachable magazine like others do, because I know it doesn't bother me if I had one. It's one of those things that, "you just have to get to know the nuances of your rifle". I have a Savage, SAKO, and Winchester rifles and thinking of adding a Tikka to my collection.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have a T3 LH .270WSM. and like it a lot in spite of its flaws.
You pretty well hit on most of them.

- the synthetic stock on mine fits me alright but feels cheesy. That being said this is the first synthetic-stock gun I have owned. I'm still getting used to that.

- I have an old Mauser that has possibly a smoother bolt throw but not as short and not as crisp, and it is not nearly as accurate a gun.

- the plastic mag is functional but I live with it. I hate the way it protrudes out of the belly of the stock. Whatever you do, don't lose this mag. After buying the second one you will never lose it again.

All gripes aside, mine is the most accurate bolt action I own. It shoots roughly 3/4 MOA on a couple of different factory loads. I have started to reload for it and expect great things. My main reason for reloading for it is more cost than accuracy. I could see it maybe improving a little but not much. Time will tell on that one.

Mine has possibly the best factory trigger on any gun I've had.
I've got mine set at about 2 1/2 lbs.

If I could get a stock made for it exactly the way I want, I would probably not be fit to live with.

I won't say it's 'the best' or 'perfect'. Being a southpaw the choices are slim to nil for true left hand action guns. It was a good choice for me and I'd be comfortable and confident recommending it to anyone left or right handed.

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from lrthomp wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have the T3 lite 30-06 s/s and yes the stock is a bit homely. As for the plastic trigger guard and meggazine.....I have no good things to say. But if you should get a chance to shoot one. I think it will make a believer out of the most skeptic person. It is a very will though out and very accurate rifle.

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from coulterboy wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I've never doubted the Tikka lines. Even before Sako entered and made Tikka their sister company. Tikka's have Sako barrels. With that said, hence, the accuracy and the reliability of Tikka rifles. It's not a Sako, but certainly has the Sako accuracy out of the box. I was going to pick one up at Cabela's last Saturday, but they didn't have one in 300 Win Mag., stainless, synthetic. They price it at $600.00

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

coulterboy,
Shop around some. There are ones for less than that out there. I ran across one in .338 Federal stainless/syn for $475 NIB a couple of months ago at a shop around here. I decided that would make a great loaner/house gun for our place. I went back to get it and it was gone. Imagine that.

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from coulterboy wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

That's a darn good price. What state do you live? I live in Washington State. I've checked the shops along the I-5 corridor, and they are about the same, around $600.00. I wouldn't mind buying it from your state and pay the FFL transfer fee up here.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

This was at Sports Center in Perry Ga. and this was a while back.

Check this: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=140442558

There were others on Gunbroker for about the price you said but there were also some in this one's neighborhood.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Mine was a .270 Win, synthetic stock and blued steel. Very accurate, Very different points of impact for different rounds. Not a complaint, just a point. I didn't care for the plastic components but could live with them ... except that stock. It made so much noise whenever anything hit or brushed against it - couldn't stand that anymore so sold it. Would definitely recommend one with a wood stock - just wish their wood was nicer, but that would take it too close to a Sako.

You are right, Sakos take the quality up several notches. Bolts on Tikkas and Sakos are still not as smooth as a Sauer, but plenty smooth enough.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have a little bit older model Tikka, the M658 chambered in .30-06. It is fantastic. The trigger on it is amazing and it hasn't even been worked over. Gonna have my brother go through it after he gets back from Afghanistan and rework the stock as well. Tikka makes a very good gun in the T3 but you can tell it is a high production model that they designed to be cost efficient to build. Still operates great though.

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from shane wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Idahooutdoors shot his famous/infamous wolf with a T3 in .243. Says it's a tack driver. Good guns.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I have a T3 in 270 win. It's not fancy to look at but it's noy built to put on the mantle! It is by far the most accurate rifle I've owned. 3 shot's in 1" at 100 yards like they said it would do. I bought it partially because it is a nice light weight gun but have fallen in love with other perks to it as well.

The plastic magazine looks like it will break but to be honmest I've never heard of it happening so I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it. The trigger guard on mine is aluminum.

It is a rifle I would reccomend to anyone. For the price you pay I think it is as good as it gets.

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from Kim wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I have the T3 synthetic, blued barrel topped with a Nikon scope. I know that whayever is in my sights is mine. Great Gun for the woods. All for under $500.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Imagine how awesome the T3 would be if they addressed the above-listed gripes about it? T4 anybody?

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from jay wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

sgaredneck -- Isn't that called a Sako 85 and cost 4x what the tikka does? LOL

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I guess you're right there. But seriously couldn't the things on the T3 be corrected for say, $150? I would have paid that much extra. If I could find a stockmaker that could make the stock I wanted that alone would cover 90% of my gripes. The rifle is so good even the crappy composite stock mine has STILL can't hold it back.

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from lukem wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I shot one in .243 with a laminated stock. I loved it, it was light, very accurate and i liked the trigger.

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from jlynch34 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I own a T3 in .270 and think the rifle is great. It is super light even with scope, smooth action and shots sub-1" groups. What is there not to like.

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from ian wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I very much like the Tika T3, so I bought one in .300 Win Mag. Trouble was, if the bolt was backed out quickly, it would flip the entry cartridge and leave it lying backwards in the action; i.e., it would not eject the cartridge. So if one were needed a quick second shot, a jam would be certain unless one were to flick out the flipped around brass by hand.

I returned the rifle to the retailer and after a three month wait, was told that the problem couldn't be fixed (whether this meant fixed at all or fixed within a reasonable period of time, I did not inquire.

So I returned it and bought the Browning X Bolt.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have had 5 Tikka T3 Lites. I now only have 4 and regret selling my 270 WSM. I have owned over 100 high powered rifles in my lifetime. Guns from pure junk to high dollar models. The current T3's I have are a 22-250 ( Shoot 50 Grain Hornady V Max in 1 hole if you can hold it ), .308 ( Used to be my favorite deer rifle- good shooter ), 300 WSM ( very accurate ) and my newest a .338 Federal ( This cartridge took the place of my 308 for my favorite deer round.) The T 3 bolt is the smoothest bolt that can be found. Everyone hates the plastic magazine. I love a detachable magazine and I have never had any problems with everyones' plastic magazine. The rifles fit me better than any rifle I ever had. I don't plan on buying anymore rifles , but if I do it will be a Tikka T3 Lite.

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from Cam wrote 4 years 3 days ago

Hey its me cam i was reading some comments about thiss tikka t3 light .270 winchester bolt and it looks like most of you like it but im still not sure so if anyone can tell me some more details about it that would be great. My dad has a tikka t3 .308 bolt and i love it smooth action consistant accuracy and he has the monarch scope from nikkon. So if anybody has any details please tell me because i was going to get a savage rifle but my dad told me to save my money and get a tikka because he loves his soo much. So pleaseany details. Thank you.

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from T Mac wrote 4 years 2 days ago

You won't be disappointed with a T3. I own a T3 .243 synthetic and stainless. With handloads using Hornady V-Max and Varget powder, the accuracy is consistently 1/2" or better MOA. The trigger has no creep and breaks like glass at about 3 lbs (can be adjusted down to 2 lbs). The barrel comes from the Sako factory and is hand-lapped, so it needs very little break-in. I would prefer a wood stock & stainless, but that is only sold in Europe. You can buy a factory wood stock from TJ General store (tjgeneralstore.com), but they are very expensive (about $400). I verified with parent company Beretta that the stocks are a direct drop-in fit. I strongly recommend the Tikka T3. I believe it is the best value on the market.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 1 day ago

I have to chuckle everytime I read something about the Tikka T 3.
Everyone always says it is the smoothest bolt that they have ever worked- but it is a two pieced bolt- SO WHAT- No one has has any problems with it. Everyone agrees that the rifle "fits" most everyone better than most other rifles- but it has a plastic trigger guard- SO WHAT- no one has had any problem with it. People say they don't like the plastic magazine- SO WHAT-I like detachable magazines and no one has had any trouble with them. Oh people forgot the awful black plastic stock-SO WHAT- the rifle is better balanced than most rifles than I have ever had and that has been between 100 and 200 and the palm swell fits me perfect. I like my Sakos, but for the price, my Tikkas are as much or more gun for the money. I have 5 Tikka T 3 Lites and plan to buy 2 more ( one in 243 and one in 25-06) to leave to the grandsons. I have had only 1 Tikka T 3 that wouldn't shoot no matter what and that was a 7MM-08. Dollar for dollar all I can say is whatever you have bring it on, and maybe I will even spot you a few hundred dollars.

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from platte river rat wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

just bought one in 25-06 Rem---shoots excellent with my Hornady handloads.. Mine is in stainless with the plastic (or whatever) stock. Will replace my trusty old Marlin 336B as my truck gun. I know the 25-06 will serve me well as I now one 4 guns of this amazing caliber.

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from Bone Collector503 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

im thinking about getting 3 new rifles before 2011's deer and elk season and the t3 is sorta on my list. but ive shot my fiends t3 in 270win and his has significantly more recoil than my rem700 cdl 270win.idk if any of you have compared it side by side with another rifle of the exact same caliber with the exact same load...but can someone please tell me why this is? the guns both seem to weigh about the same too.

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from PAShooter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

The Tikka is about 1/2 pound lighter than the cdl Rem. Plus you must take in consideration the weight of scopes etc. So, the Tikka might be more than 1/2 pound lighter. So you will probably feel more recoil from the Tikka. Some recoil sensitive people have changed the Tikka's recoil pad to one that absorbs more shock with good results. The one from Tikka is fairly stiff. In addition the way the stock is shaped and the way you shoulder the gun also is a factor. But, usually there are very few complaints of recoil with a 270 in a hunting situation. Good luck.

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from Bone Collector503 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

thanks PAShooter, that makes alot of sense and i didnt mind the recoil because when i elk hunt i usually use my 338win mag...but it has a muzzle break on it lol.i was just curious about the diff in recoil.i just bought a t3 in 30-06 and will probably get an after market recoil pad for it...havent shot it yet.

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from ryanabney wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I won a very nice Tikka T3 chambered in 30-06 in my hunting camps "Buck of the Year" competition. I have blue steel and a wooden stock. Looking to put a scop on it so I can get it sighted in! I can't wait to shoot it and im very pleased on the reviews I have read. I have a custom stock engraving done by a man down here in Louisiana. If you would like me to send you pictures of my stock I'll be happy to. E-mail me 2 Ryan.Abney.97@gmail.com and I can even get you the companies information to get stock engravings for yourself if you please. Good hunting and safe shooting!

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from Steve_ wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I have a stainless T3 lite in .300 WSM that I bought myself for Christmas a month ago for $629 at Cabelas. I have been very happy with it. It shoots sub-MOA groups with factory ammo. Maybe I can get a bit more accuracy out of a handload, so I might take that up. Like another reviewer commented earlier, who really cares about the plastic trigger guard? I doubt I'll be needing to buy one. (I hope not anyway). A spare magazine would be nice, but if Tikka is asking $60 for one, how much would a replacement trigger guard be? Again, I doubt I'll ever really need either.

I really like the integral dovetail scopemounts machined into the receiver, though I think Tikka and Sako should go to Picatinny instead of the proprietary setup. That way, you would have a huge selection of rings. The reason I point this out is, if you buy the Tikka, the scope rings are of marginal value - mine didn't cinch down in the groove well at all. If you buy a magnum, I would suggest the Warne rings. They are really solid.

The action is very smooth and the gun fits me very, very well. I haven't found anyone who has put my gun to their shoulder that didn't think so, as well. For the money (and even a lot more) I wouldn't feel too bad if it got banged up a bit out in the field. Can't say that about my L61R Sako.

This gun has lived up to all the great things people say about it, but like any light-weight magnum, you will feel the recoil. I suggest a 32oz Nightforce scope and a Limbsaver recoil pad. That's a sweet package.

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from sleepr wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Tikka T3 270 Win. it is simple, you can spend more but won't really get more gun. Consistent, unbelievably accurate, smooth, and reliable. What could one possibly do to improve? Metal triiger housing and mag might be nice, but not necessary. Best buy out there by a long shot! Speaking of accuracy, 3 rounds at 100 yds, same hole! Beat that if you can!

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Couldn't talk my old man out of the Tikka T3 and into a Kimber instead, he claims that Tikka is more accurate based on reviews, feed back, and reports. I like the wooden Kimbers, and freehand I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, nor an Elk at 150 yards in accuracy.

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from ydarbd wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

ive just bought a tikka .243 lite synthetic stainless.. loves federal vital shock 95 grains.. prints 3/4 inch groups all day long

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from Skeeb wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Also, I own one in .300 WSM and for how light the gun is, the recoil is comparable to a .243 IMO.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Just returned from a prairie dog and antelope hunt. There were 8 of us, each shooting multiple very good rifles. My brother dusted off his daughter's old Tikka T3 .243 and brought it along just to keep it from rusting shut. It was my first experience with Tikkas and I was impressed. We tried a variety of loads using the 58g VMax. It wasn't fussy about loads and was clearly the most accurate rifle in the group (some were quite expensive). I consistently shot five shot groups at .2 MOA or less. I don't own a Tikka but could not ask for more than I saw with this rifle. The plastic mag looks cheap but is quite functional and reduces the weight. Many manufacturers are using them now for that reason. I also liked the trigger as well as any of the fine triggers in use. I would not hesitate to recommend T3's from what I experienced.

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from bamapilot wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I have 2 T3s and am very happy with both. One is a T3 Lite stainless in .308 Win and the other is a T3 Hunter in .300 Win Mag. As far as the "plastic" goes, I believe that it is actually a polymer, which is now being used on many modern handguns. No one seems to complain about those. I fly modern helicopters and you would be surprised how much "plastic" is used in their construction. Same goes for most modern airplanes. How many of you still fly knowing that. What I'm trying to say is that the use of this "plastic" is really not a shortcoming, just something new to get used to. I also own a Weathery, Kimber, Winchester, Savage and other than my AR15, none of these have any "plastic".

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Too bad the checkering on that stock looks so bad. I'm sure it's a good gun but doesn't fit my eye.

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from Jeromy Taylor wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Because visual stimulation > higher percentage of a full freezer...
;rolls eyes;

I for one find the t3 lite attractive. I'll agree it is a little plain looking. I have a question... who cares?

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from Michael Winkler wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I have a T3 7mm Rem. Mag stainless w/ a laminated stock topped with a 3.3x to 10x by 50 AO Nikon Monarch stainless scope. I shoot 150 grain factory loads. It shoots sub 1" groups @ 100. And I will shoot it 250-300 with out thinking. Great rifle and looks pretty too!

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from bennerrun wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I just bought a T3 in .223, & I must admit that it was certainly not love at first sight! The Tikka in .223 is not a short action, but is what I would describe as a medium action modified to work with a short cartrage. The bolt stroke is a lot longer than it should be for a .223, and is pulled way to the rear of the cartrage head. The clip has a half-inch spacer in the rear to hold the .223 cartrage in place. The clip also sticks in place & has to be pulled out of the rifle. The bolt is smooth & the handle is dovetailed into the bolt body making a strong, if somewhat unsightly mating of the two pieces. The trigger has an allen screw that takes some of the spring tension out of the trigger pull, but it cannot be accessed without removing the trigger mechanism retaining screw. The trigger is not adjustable for sear engagement or overtravel. The stock appears to be a cheap molded plastic, with no rubber gripping surfaces at all. the molded-in checkering does little to assist the gripping of the slick stock. Don't know how it will shoot yet, but unless it shoots way better than it looks, I will be trading this one!

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

bennerrun,
If you want to sell it before you shoot it let me know. I happen to love T3's . I will give you what you paid for it no questions asked. I am getting ready to buy another probably a 7MM-08. I have had 7 of them at one time or another and they have been great. My gunsmith adjusts my triggers and they are some of the finest that I have ever had on a rifle. Most of the T3's that I have had will shoot a 3/4 group on any given day. My 22-250 will shoot a 1/2 inch group most of the time. I just gave my Grandson a .308 that would shoot a 1 inch group even with reduced loads every time to the range.

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from Tom Geitz wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

ok. My son has decided on the T3 lite, blued barrel in 30-06. He's a lefty. Now it seems as if there is a problem getting a blued barrel. We're not done done pursuing it yet, but the SS barrel just doesn't appeal to him. Besides the resistance to the elements, are there any other pros and cons to SS? After using his brothers 700bdl bolt as a benchmark, he wants the Tikka's smooth bolt. The Rem is probably the worst action I have ever seen. It's really not that smooth. Beautiful gun and shoots well, though.

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from Tom Geitz wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

ok. My son has decided on the T3 lite, blued barrel in 30-06. He's a lefty. Now it seems as if there is a problem getting a blued barrel. We're not done done pursuing it yet, but the SS barrel just doesn't appeal to him. Besides the resistance to the elements, are there any other pros and cons to SS? After using his brothers 700bdl bolt as a benchmark, he wants the Tikka's smooth bolt. The Rem is probably the worst action I have ever seen. It's really not that smooth. Beautiful gun and shoots well, though.

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from Urbee wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I have a T3 lite Stainless 22-250 with a Carl Ziess 4.5-14x44 scope and it is an amazing rifle. As previously posted, DO NOT lose the clip as it will cost upwards of 60 bucks to replace. They want the same for a 5 round and I haven't been able to find one anywhere cheaper. The stainless barrel does hold heat and must be cooled after 12 or so rounds, but if not target shooting who needs to fire that many in a row. But all in all a GREAT value for the money.

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from cyrus1976 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I have a t-3 in the 243 that I bought 10 years ago and am totally impressed with it. Best gun that out there for hunting deer and coyotes. Had a friend looking to replace his 270 and told him to check out the t-3. He bought it and we sighted in in and after playing with it we had three shots in a dime at 200 yards, two where in the same hold. He was very impressed and told him that is what the t-3 does every time. I wanted a 223 for praire dogs and there was no doubt what gun I would get, its a tikka varmit 223. Its everything I expected, just awesome. Seems like all ammo shoots well in it too. You will not be disappointed with this gun.

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from alexren6 wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Hi everyone, I want to buy a Tikka T3 (hunter stainless flutted or laminated stainless) but I can't make my mind between a (300 WSM, .270, .308). I will be going to moose hunting and dear hunting mainly. Will be walking in woods for long period and shooting from 200 to 400 feet max. Do you have any suggestions? Thx

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from PAShooter wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

300 WSM ammo is more expensive, but that is what I would choose of the three. But shooting those short distances (66-133 yards), a .308 Win will do or even a 270 win with proper bullets. Why those three cartriges? What they have in stock? A 30-06 might be a better choice than the three for your stated use. I hand load so ammo price is not an issue.

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from Randy Richardson wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

if one doesn't care for the plastic magazine and trigger guard simply replace with a CDI trigger guard. the weapon will then accept Accuracy International magazines (5 and 10 round). mix in an adjustable trigger and you are GTG.

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from Bill Martin wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I just got a Tikka T3 in a 270 WSM. It has good optics and I've been shooting Federal Premium 150 grain nosler partition bullets. I am a good bench shooter but I am having trouble getting a tight 3 shoot group. Is there another load that gets better results, keeping in mind I'll be using it on Elk? Thanks

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I shot 130 grain Hornady SST's in my 270 WSM. It was almost a one hole load. I think that the SST's are a good bullet. Just because they have a plastic tip dosen't mean they are a balistic tip. The SST is an Interlock bullet with a plastic tip to make it fly through the air better.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Sarge01

I have a Tikka T-3 lite camo syntheitic stainless in .270 WSM unfired in the box. I would like to find it a new home so if you know someone who is interested, email 007 and he has my email address. Asking $500 + shipping

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Will do WAM

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from Rex99 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I have a Tikka T3 in .300 win mag and I love it and will probably get 2 more in .223 and .270.

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from Don Milosch wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I took my first bear with a Tika in 7mm Renington Mag. It is a tack driver with Remington 140 Grain Ballistic Tips. It is my fathers gun and he swears he's bought his last rifle.

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from hhack wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I own one tikka in a 270 wsm and it shoots lights out. It is one of only two factory bolt action rifles that I own. All my other bolt action rifles are custom built rifles and the tikka shoots right there with with my custom bat action built 6.5x284. The tikka is ugly, but light the bolt is smooth and the trigger is exceptional for a factory rifle. Big down side is that with the light plastic stock the tikka's kick like a mule, but they are a great hunting tool. I would like to buy a sako as well they are also great rifles.

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from Chris Rebeiro wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have owned a few rifles. Savage, Ruger, Winchester, Remmington. I purchased a Savage Axis 30-06 last year and just gave it to my 14 year old for his first rifle. I went in last week and looked at about 15 different rifles and fell in love with the Tikka T3 Lite in Stainless. The action and trigger sold me. They felt just like the Sako. People complain about the Magazine, Trigger guard, and 2 piece bolt. I have no problem with any of these issues. The T3 Lite is only 6 1/2lbs. The magazine, and trigger guard are made of lite composites for a reason ( too make the gun lite )the 2 pice bolt cost much cheeper to make, but its still as smooth as the Sako. I see it this way, your still getting a precision high quality rifle that is made by Sako and from the people I know who own both say you could never tell the difference in accuracy. The T3 is a Lite Hunting rifle, made to lug around thru the hills without killing your shoulder like a heavy rifle does, so yes there will be things that make it different and may take getting used too. I purchased a T3 300 WSM. My Uncle at first told me to get a Model 700 for $500 then spend another $100 on a new trigger and then spend 4 hours working the action with a compound to make it smoother. After he checked the Tikka out and realized that I only paid $680 for it and didnt need to do anything at all to it, and only spent an extra $80 compared to buying a model 700 and having a new trigger put in bringing that gun up to $600, the extra $80 seemed more than worth it. Not to mention that the action on the model 700 still would not have been nearly as smooth and its a much heavier gun. The reason I went with the wsm was because again, less weight, same performance as the 300 Win Mag. But that my preference. If you are shopping, always compare and be willing to spend a little more to get a gun that you love and not just like because of price. If you spend $100 on a gun you dont like, then you just wasted $100. Spend $1000 on a gun you love, then you invested well.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I own a Tikka T3 in .300 Win and love it. Very accurate. I would concur with some of the comments regarding the trigger guard and clip, but its a very well made firearm.

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from Carl Polite wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I ran into a Marine in a gun shop about three years ago while looking to buy a new rifle for white tail hunting. He had a Tikka T3 in his hand he had already purchased one and was looking to add a second to his arsenal. His overall assement of the tikka was very good shooting weapon an accurate right out of the box. I was somewhat reluctant but gave it shot. He was spot on and now I too have two Tikka's and a Browning BAR. The Browning does not get very much play because its hard to put these Tikka's down. By the way I trust our US Marines!

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from Marc Lillico wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

I own A Tika T3 270 wsm, it is the Stainless and Camo Rifle, That said... I can not say anything better about the out of box Accuracy! This gun kicks some serious Butt! I dont own a bunch of guns. I am a Hunter. I went from a model94 lever action. to a 308 Remington to a 222 savage varmit gun. my 270 wsm definitely is the most accurate and funnest gun to shoot I have owned, The comments on the plastic trigger guard I am not sure.. mine is Steel. the plastic Mag I like! but dont lose one if you are not close to a city with replacement! took me over 7 months in a city of 40'000 people to get a new Mag... and expensive! The only bad comment I have with this gun is the Bushnell Elite scope I put on top of it! not 4x12x60.... not a bad scope for a 30-06 or 308 but not a match to this flat shooting 270 wsm! I am currently looking at balistic scopes from Night Force and Scorpion... Gun it self ROCKS!!

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from Marc Lillico wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong about the Bushnell scopes... very good scopes in the elite series for an accurate close range or bush gun! absolutely love the optics! The wide angle out of that 60mm Bell is great! I can hit accurate with this scope from 100yds to 400yrds (knowing my ballistic drop) for me that is not good enuf! I know this gun can do WAY more than that! All the open lease land here and short season I need a setup that can get me 800+ yards and be comfortable!

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I think any Tikka rifle is a dependable choice. I personally have shot the Tikka T3 Varmint setup and liked it but not enough to own one. I myself own many other brands of rifles and my favorite is Winchester by far, the pure simplicity and reliability won me over. I think it is one of the many wonderful rifles out there and everybody's opinion on the "best rifle ever made" varies.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have a T3 LH .270WSM. and like it a lot in spite of its flaws.
You pretty well hit on most of them.

- the synthetic stock on mine fits me alright but feels cheesy. That being said this is the first synthetic-stock gun I have owned. I'm still getting used to that.

- I have an old Mauser that has possibly a smoother bolt throw but not as short and not as crisp, and it is not nearly as accurate a gun.

- the plastic mag is functional but I live with it. I hate the way it protrudes out of the belly of the stock. Whatever you do, don't lose this mag. After buying the second one you will never lose it again.

All gripes aside, mine is the most accurate bolt action I own. It shoots roughly 3/4 MOA on a couple of different factory loads. I have started to reload for it and expect great things. My main reason for reloading for it is more cost than accuracy. I could see it maybe improving a little but not much. Time will tell on that one.

Mine has possibly the best factory trigger on any gun I've had.
I've got mine set at about 2 1/2 lbs.

If I could get a stock made for it exactly the way I want, I would probably not be fit to live with.

I won't say it's 'the best' or 'perfect'. Being a southpaw the choices are slim to nil for true left hand action guns. It was a good choice for me and I'd be comfortable and confident recommending it to anyone left or right handed.

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from lrthomp wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have the T3 lite 30-06 s/s and yes the stock is a bit homely. As for the plastic trigger guard and meggazine.....I have no good things to say. But if you should get a chance to shoot one. I think it will make a believer out of the most skeptic person. It is a very will though out and very accurate rifle.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 1 day ago

I have to chuckle everytime I read something about the Tikka T 3.
Everyone always says it is the smoothest bolt that they have ever worked- but it is a two pieced bolt- SO WHAT- No one has has any problems with it. Everyone agrees that the rifle "fits" most everyone better than most other rifles- but it has a plastic trigger guard- SO WHAT- no one has had any problem with it. People say they don't like the plastic magazine- SO WHAT-I like detachable magazines and no one has had any trouble with them. Oh people forgot the awful black plastic stock-SO WHAT- the rifle is better balanced than most rifles than I have ever had and that has been between 100 and 200 and the palm swell fits me perfect. I like my Sakos, but for the price, my Tikkas are as much or more gun for the money. I have 5 Tikka T 3 Lites and plan to buy 2 more ( one in 243 and one in 25-06) to leave to the grandsons. I have had only 1 Tikka T 3 that wouldn't shoot no matter what and that was a 7MM-08. Dollar for dollar all I can say is whatever you have bring it on, and maybe I will even spot you a few hundred dollars.

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from coulterboy wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

You can't go wrong with the Tikka T3. It really has a smooth action, though not as smooth as the SAKO. I say that cause I have a SAKO. I also like the Tikka's stainless finish over the Savage rifles. It's all about preferences. I am not about to badmouth the plastic detachable magazine like others do, because I know it doesn't bother me if I had one. It's one of those things that, "you just have to get to know the nuances of your rifle". I have a Savage, SAKO, and Winchester rifles and thinking of adding a Tikka to my collection.

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from coulterboy wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I've never doubted the Tikka lines. Even before Sako entered and made Tikka their sister company. Tikka's have Sako barrels. With that said, hence, the accuracy and the reliability of Tikka rifles. It's not a Sako, but certainly has the Sako accuracy out of the box. I was going to pick one up at Cabela's last Saturday, but they didn't have one in 300 Win Mag., stainless, synthetic. They price it at $600.00

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from coulterboy wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

That's a darn good price. What state do you live? I live in Washington State. I've checked the shops along the I-5 corridor, and they are about the same, around $600.00. I wouldn't mind buying it from your state and pay the FFL transfer fee up here.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

This was at Sports Center in Perry Ga. and this was a while back.

Check this: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=140442558

There were others on Gunbroker for about the price you said but there were also some in this one's neighborhood.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

I have a little bit older model Tikka, the M658 chambered in .30-06. It is fantastic. The trigger on it is amazing and it hasn't even been worked over. Gonna have my brother go through it after he gets back from Afghanistan and rework the stock as well. Tikka makes a very good gun in the T3 but you can tell it is a high production model that they designed to be cost efficient to build. Still operates great though.

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from shane wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Idahooutdoors shot his famous/infamous wolf with a T3 in .243. Says it's a tack driver. Good guns.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I have a T3 in 270 win. It's not fancy to look at but it's noy built to put on the mantle! It is by far the most accurate rifle I've owned. 3 shot's in 1" at 100 yards like they said it would do. I bought it partially because it is a nice light weight gun but have fallen in love with other perks to it as well.

The plastic magazine looks like it will break but to be honmest I've never heard of it happening so I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it. The trigger guard on mine is aluminum.

It is a rifle I would reccomend to anyone. For the price you pay I think it is as good as it gets.

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from jay wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

sgaredneck -- Isn't that called a Sako 85 and cost 4x what the tikka does? LOL

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from PAShooter wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

The Tikka is about 1/2 pound lighter than the cdl Rem. Plus you must take in consideration the weight of scopes etc. So, the Tikka might be more than 1/2 pound lighter. So you will probably feel more recoil from the Tikka. Some recoil sensitive people have changed the Tikka's recoil pad to one that absorbs more shock with good results. The one from Tikka is fairly stiff. In addition the way the stock is shaped and the way you shoulder the gun also is a factor. But, usually there are very few complaints of recoil with a 270 in a hunting situation. Good luck.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

coulterboy,
Shop around some. There are ones for less than that out there. I ran across one in .338 Federal stainless/syn for $475 NIB a couple of months ago at a shop around here. I decided that would make a great loaner/house gun for our place. I went back to get it and it was gone. Imagine that.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Mine was a .270 Win, synthetic stock and blued steel. Very accurate, Very different points of impact for different rounds. Not a complaint, just a point. I didn't care for the plastic components but could live with them ... except that stock. It made so much noise whenever anything hit or brushed against it - couldn't stand that anymore so sold it. Would definitely recommend one with a wood stock - just wish their wood was nicer, but that would take it too close to a Sako.

You are right, Sakos take the quality up several notches. Bolts on Tikkas and Sakos are still not as smooth as a Sauer, but plenty smooth enough.

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from Kim wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I have the T3 synthetic, blued barrel topped with a Nikon scope. I know that whayever is in my sights is mine. Great Gun for the woods. All for under $500.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Imagine how awesome the T3 would be if they addressed the above-listed gripes about it? T4 anybody?

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

I guess you're right there. But seriously couldn't the things on the T3 be corrected for say, $150? I would have paid that much extra. If I could find a stockmaker that could make the stock I wanted that alone would cover 90% of my gripes. The rifle is so good even the crappy composite stock mine has STILL can't hold it back.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I have had 5 Tikka T3 Lites. I now only have 4 and regret selling my 270 WSM. I have owned over 100 high powered rifles in my lifetime. Guns from pure junk to high dollar models. The current T3's I have are a 22-250 ( Shoot 50 Grain Hornady V Max in 1 hole if you can hold it ), .308 ( Used to be my favorite deer rifle- good shooter ), 300 WSM ( very accurate ) and my newest a .338 Federal ( This cartridge took the place of my 308 for my favorite deer round.) The T 3 bolt is the smoothest bolt that can be found. Everyone hates the plastic magazine. I love a detachable magazine and I have never had any problems with everyones' plastic magazine. The rifles fit me better than any rifle I ever had. I don't plan on buying anymore rifles , but if I do it will be a Tikka T3 Lite.

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from Cam wrote 4 years 3 days ago

Hey its me cam i was reading some comments about thiss tikka t3 light .270 winchester bolt and it looks like most of you like it but im still not sure so if anyone can tell me some more details about it that would be great. My dad has a tikka t3 .308 bolt and i love it smooth action consistant accuracy and he has the monarch scope from nikkon. So if anybody has any details please tell me because i was going to get a savage rifle but my dad told me to save my money and get a tikka because he loves his soo much. So pleaseany details. Thank you.

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from T Mac wrote 4 years 2 days ago

You won't be disappointed with a T3. I own a T3 .243 synthetic and stainless. With handloads using Hornady V-Max and Varget powder, the accuracy is consistently 1/2" or better MOA. The trigger has no creep and breaks like glass at about 3 lbs (can be adjusted down to 2 lbs). The barrel comes from the Sako factory and is hand-lapped, so it needs very little break-in. I would prefer a wood stock & stainless, but that is only sold in Europe. You can buy a factory wood stock from TJ General store (tjgeneralstore.com), but they are very expensive (about $400). I verified with parent company Beretta that the stocks are a direct drop-in fit. I strongly recommend the Tikka T3. I believe it is the best value on the market.

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from Steve_ wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I have a stainless T3 lite in .300 WSM that I bought myself for Christmas a month ago for $629 at Cabelas. I have been very happy with it. It shoots sub-MOA groups with factory ammo. Maybe I can get a bit more accuracy out of a handload, so I might take that up. Like another reviewer commented earlier, who really cares about the plastic trigger guard? I doubt I'll be needing to buy one. (I hope not anyway). A spare magazine would be nice, but if Tikka is asking $60 for one, how much would a replacement trigger guard be? Again, I doubt I'll ever really need either.

I really like the integral dovetail scopemounts machined into the receiver, though I think Tikka and Sako should go to Picatinny instead of the proprietary setup. That way, you would have a huge selection of rings. The reason I point this out is, if you buy the Tikka, the scope rings are of marginal value - mine didn't cinch down in the groove well at all. If you buy a magnum, I would suggest the Warne rings. They are really solid.

The action is very smooth and the gun fits me very, very well. I haven't found anyone who has put my gun to their shoulder that didn't think so, as well. For the money (and even a lot more) I wouldn't feel too bad if it got banged up a bit out in the field. Can't say that about my L61R Sako.

This gun has lived up to all the great things people say about it, but like any light-weight magnum, you will feel the recoil. I suggest a 32oz Nightforce scope and a Limbsaver recoil pad. That's a sweet package.

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from bennerrun wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I just bought a T3 in .223, & I must admit that it was certainly not love at first sight! The Tikka in .223 is not a short action, but is what I would describe as a medium action modified to work with a short cartrage. The bolt stroke is a lot longer than it should be for a .223, and is pulled way to the rear of the cartrage head. The clip has a half-inch spacer in the rear to hold the .223 cartrage in place. The clip also sticks in place & has to be pulled out of the rifle. The bolt is smooth & the handle is dovetailed into the bolt body making a strong, if somewhat unsightly mating of the two pieces. The trigger has an allen screw that takes some of the spring tension out of the trigger pull, but it cannot be accessed without removing the trigger mechanism retaining screw. The trigger is not adjustable for sear engagement or overtravel. The stock appears to be a cheap molded plastic, with no rubber gripping surfaces at all. the molded-in checkering does little to assist the gripping of the slick stock. Don't know how it will shoot yet, but unless it shoots way better than it looks, I will be trading this one!

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from lukem wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I shot one in .243 with a laminated stock. I loved it, it was light, very accurate and i liked the trigger.

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from jlynch34 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I own a T3 in .270 and think the rifle is great. It is super light even with scope, smooth action and shots sub-1" groups. What is there not to like.

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from ian wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I very much like the Tika T3, so I bought one in .300 Win Mag. Trouble was, if the bolt was backed out quickly, it would flip the entry cartridge and leave it lying backwards in the action; i.e., it would not eject the cartridge. So if one were needed a quick second shot, a jam would be certain unless one were to flick out the flipped around brass by hand.

I returned the rifle to the retailer and after a three month wait, was told that the problem couldn't be fixed (whether this meant fixed at all or fixed within a reasonable period of time, I did not inquire.

So I returned it and bought the Browning X Bolt.

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from platte river rat wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

just bought one in 25-06 Rem---shoots excellent with my Hornady handloads.. Mine is in stainless with the plastic (or whatever) stock. Will replace my trusty old Marlin 336B as my truck gun. I know the 25-06 will serve me well as I now one 4 guns of this amazing caliber.

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from Bone Collector503 wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

im thinking about getting 3 new rifles before 2011's deer and elk season and the t3 is sorta on my list. but ive shot my fiends t3 in 270win and his has significantly more recoil than my rem700 cdl 270win.idk if any of you have compared it side by side with another rifle of the exact same caliber with the exact same load...but can someone please tell me why this is? the guns both seem to weigh about the same too.

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from Bone Collector503 wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

thanks PAShooter, that makes alot of sense and i didnt mind the recoil because when i elk hunt i usually use my 338win mag...but it has a muzzle break on it lol.i was just curious about the diff in recoil.i just bought a t3 in 30-06 and will probably get an after market recoil pad for it...havent shot it yet.

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from ryanabney wrote 3 years 13 weeks ago

I won a very nice Tikka T3 chambered in 30-06 in my hunting camps "Buck of the Year" competition. I have blue steel and a wooden stock. Looking to put a scop on it so I can get it sighted in! I can't wait to shoot it and im very pleased on the reviews I have read. I have a custom stock engraving done by a man down here in Louisiana. If you would like me to send you pictures of my stock I'll be happy to. E-mail me 2 Ryan.Abney.97@gmail.com and I can even get you the companies information to get stock engravings for yourself if you please. Good hunting and safe shooting!

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from sleepr wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Tikka T3 270 Win. it is simple, you can spend more but won't really get more gun. Consistent, unbelievably accurate, smooth, and reliable. What could one possibly do to improve? Metal triiger housing and mag might be nice, but not necessary. Best buy out there by a long shot! Speaking of accuracy, 3 rounds at 100 yds, same hole! Beat that if you can!

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Couldn't talk my old man out of the Tikka T3 and into a Kimber instead, he claims that Tikka is more accurate based on reviews, feed back, and reports. I like the wooden Kimbers, and freehand I wouldn't be able to tell the difference, nor an Elk at 150 yards in accuracy.

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from ydarbd wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

ive just bought a tikka .243 lite synthetic stainless.. loves federal vital shock 95 grains.. prints 3/4 inch groups all day long

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from Skeeb wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Also, I own one in .300 WSM and for how light the gun is, the recoil is comparable to a .243 IMO.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Just returned from a prairie dog and antelope hunt. There were 8 of us, each shooting multiple very good rifles. My brother dusted off his daughter's old Tikka T3 .243 and brought it along just to keep it from rusting shut. It was my first experience with Tikkas and I was impressed. We tried a variety of loads using the 58g VMax. It wasn't fussy about loads and was clearly the most accurate rifle in the group (some were quite expensive). I consistently shot five shot groups at .2 MOA or less. I don't own a Tikka but could not ask for more than I saw with this rifle. The plastic mag looks cheap but is quite functional and reduces the weight. Many manufacturers are using them now for that reason. I also liked the trigger as well as any of the fine triggers in use. I would not hesitate to recommend T3's from what I experienced.

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from bamapilot wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

I have 2 T3s and am very happy with both. One is a T3 Lite stainless in .308 Win and the other is a T3 Hunter in .300 Win Mag. As far as the "plastic" goes, I believe that it is actually a polymer, which is now being used on many modern handguns. No one seems to complain about those. I fly modern helicopters and you would be surprised how much "plastic" is used in their construction. Same goes for most modern airplanes. How many of you still fly knowing that. What I'm trying to say is that the use of this "plastic" is really not a shortcoming, just something new to get used to. I also own a Weathery, Kimber, Winchester, Savage and other than my AR15, none of these have any "plastic".

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Too bad the checkering on that stock looks so bad. I'm sure it's a good gun but doesn't fit my eye.

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from Jeromy Taylor wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Because visual stimulation > higher percentage of a full freezer...
;rolls eyes;

I for one find the t3 lite attractive. I'll agree it is a little plain looking. I have a question... who cares?

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from Michael Winkler wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

I have a T3 7mm Rem. Mag stainless w/ a laminated stock topped with a 3.3x to 10x by 50 AO Nikon Monarch stainless scope. I shoot 150 grain factory loads. It shoots sub 1" groups @ 100. And I will shoot it 250-300 with out thinking. Great rifle and looks pretty too!

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

bennerrun,
If you want to sell it before you shoot it let me know. I happen to love T3's . I will give you what you paid for it no questions asked. I am getting ready to buy another probably a 7MM-08. I have had 7 of them at one time or another and they have been great. My gunsmith adjusts my triggers and they are some of the finest that I have ever had on a rifle. Most of the T3's that I have had will shoot a 3/4 group on any given day. My 22-250 will shoot a 1/2 inch group most of the time. I just gave my Grandson a .308 that would shoot a 1 inch group even with reduced loads every time to the range.

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from Tom Geitz wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

ok. My son has decided on the T3 lite, blued barrel in 30-06. He's a lefty. Now it seems as if there is a problem getting a blued barrel. We're not done done pursuing it yet, but the SS barrel just doesn't appeal to him. Besides the resistance to the elements, are there any other pros and cons to SS? After using his brothers 700bdl bolt as a benchmark, he wants the Tikka's smooth bolt. The Rem is probably the worst action I have ever seen. It's really not that smooth. Beautiful gun and shoots well, though.

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from Tom Geitz wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

ok. My son has decided on the T3 lite, blued barrel in 30-06. He's a lefty. Now it seems as if there is a problem getting a blued barrel. We're not done done pursuing it yet, but the SS barrel just doesn't appeal to him. Besides the resistance to the elements, are there any other pros and cons to SS? After using his brothers 700bdl bolt as a benchmark, he wants the Tikka's smooth bolt. The Rem is probably the worst action I have ever seen. It's really not that smooth. Beautiful gun and shoots well, though.

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from Urbee wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

I have a T3 lite Stainless 22-250 with a Carl Ziess 4.5-14x44 scope and it is an amazing rifle. As previously posted, DO NOT lose the clip as it will cost upwards of 60 bucks to replace. They want the same for a 5 round and I haven't been able to find one anywhere cheaper. The stainless barrel does hold heat and must be cooled after 12 or so rounds, but if not target shooting who needs to fire that many in a row. But all in all a GREAT value for the money.

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from cyrus1976 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I have a t-3 in the 243 that I bought 10 years ago and am totally impressed with it. Best gun that out there for hunting deer and coyotes. Had a friend looking to replace his 270 and told him to check out the t-3. He bought it and we sighted in in and after playing with it we had three shots in a dime at 200 yards, two where in the same hold. He was very impressed and told him that is what the t-3 does every time. I wanted a 223 for praire dogs and there was no doubt what gun I would get, its a tikka varmit 223. Its everything I expected, just awesome. Seems like all ammo shoots well in it too. You will not be disappointed with this gun.

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from alexren6 wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Hi everyone, I want to buy a Tikka T3 (hunter stainless flutted or laminated stainless) but I can't make my mind between a (300 WSM, .270, .308). I will be going to moose hunting and dear hunting mainly. Will be walking in woods for long period and shooting from 200 to 400 feet max. Do you have any suggestions? Thx

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from PAShooter wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

300 WSM ammo is more expensive, but that is what I would choose of the three. But shooting those short distances (66-133 yards), a .308 Win will do or even a 270 win with proper bullets. Why those three cartriges? What they have in stock? A 30-06 might be a better choice than the three for your stated use. I hand load so ammo price is not an issue.

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from Randy Richardson wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

if one doesn't care for the plastic magazine and trigger guard simply replace with a CDI trigger guard. the weapon will then accept Accuracy International magazines (5 and 10 round). mix in an adjustable trigger and you are GTG.

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from Bill Martin wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I just got a Tikka T3 in a 270 WSM. It has good optics and I've been shooting Federal Premium 150 grain nosler partition bullets. I am a good bench shooter but I am having trouble getting a tight 3 shoot group. Is there another load that gets better results, keeping in mind I'll be using it on Elk? Thanks

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

I shot 130 grain Hornady SST's in my 270 WSM. It was almost a one hole load. I think that the SST's are a good bullet. Just because they have a plastic tip dosen't mean they are a balistic tip. The SST is an Interlock bullet with a plastic tip to make it fly through the air better.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

Sarge01

I have a Tikka T-3 lite camo syntheitic stainless in .270 WSM unfired in the box. I would like to find it a new home so if you know someone who is interested, email 007 and he has my email address. Asking $500 + shipping

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

Will do WAM

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from Rex99 wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I have a Tikka T3 in .300 win mag and I love it and will probably get 2 more in .223 and .270.

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from Chris Rebeiro wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

I have owned a few rifles. Savage, Ruger, Winchester, Remmington. I purchased a Savage Axis 30-06 last year and just gave it to my 14 year old for his first rifle. I went in last week and looked at about 15 different rifles and fell in love with the Tikka T3 Lite in Stainless. The action and trigger sold me. They felt just like the Sako. People complain about the Magazine, Trigger guard, and 2 piece bolt. I have no problem with any of these issues. The T3 Lite is only 6 1/2lbs. The magazine, and trigger guard are made of lite composites for a reason ( too make the gun lite )the 2 pice bolt cost much cheeper to make, but its still as smooth as the Sako. I see it this way, your still getting a precision high quality rifle that is made by Sako and from the people I know who own both say you could never tell the difference in accuracy. The T3 is a Lite Hunting rifle, made to lug around thru the hills without killing your shoulder like a heavy rifle does, so yes there will be things that make it different and may take getting used too. I purchased a T3 300 WSM. My Uncle at first told me to get a Model 700 for $500 then spend another $100 on a new trigger and then spend 4 hours working the action with a compound to make it smoother. After he checked the Tikka out and realized that I only paid $680 for it and didnt need to do anything at all to it, and only spent an extra $80 compared to buying a model 700 and having a new trigger put in bringing that gun up to $600, the extra $80 seemed more than worth it. Not to mention that the action on the model 700 still would not have been nearly as smooth and its a much heavier gun. The reason I went with the wsm was because again, less weight, same performance as the 300 Win Mag. But that my preference. If you are shopping, always compare and be willing to spend a little more to get a gun that you love and not just like because of price. If you spend $100 on a gun you dont like, then you just wasted $100. Spend $1000 on a gun you love, then you invested well.

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from Carl Polite wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

I ran into a Marine in a gun shop about three years ago while looking to buy a new rifle for white tail hunting. He had a Tikka T3 in his hand he had already purchased one and was looking to add a second to his arsenal. His overall assement of the tikka was very good shooting weapon an accurate right out of the box. I was somewhat reluctant but gave it shot. He was spot on and now I too have two Tikka's and a Browning BAR. The Browning does not get very much play because its hard to put these Tikka's down. By the way I trust our US Marines!

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from Don Milosch wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I took my first bear with a Tika in 7mm Renington Mag. It is a tack driver with Remington 140 Grain Ballistic Tips. It is my fathers gun and he swears he's bought his last rifle.

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from hhack wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I own one tikka in a 270 wsm and it shoots lights out. It is one of only two factory bolt action rifles that I own. All my other bolt action rifles are custom built rifles and the tikka shoots right there with with my custom bat action built 6.5x284. The tikka is ugly, but light the bolt is smooth and the trigger is exceptional for a factory rifle. Big down side is that with the light plastic stock the tikka's kick like a mule, but they are a great hunting tool. I would like to buy a sako as well they are also great rifles.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I own a Tikka T3 in .300 Win and love it. Very accurate. I would concur with some of the comments regarding the trigger guard and clip, but its a very well made firearm.

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from Marc Lillico wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

I own A Tika T3 270 wsm, it is the Stainless and Camo Rifle, That said... I can not say anything better about the out of box Accuracy! This gun kicks some serious Butt! I dont own a bunch of guns. I am a Hunter. I went from a model94 lever action. to a 308 Remington to a 222 savage varmit gun. my 270 wsm definitely is the most accurate and funnest gun to shoot I have owned, The comments on the plastic trigger guard I am not sure.. mine is Steel. the plastic Mag I like! but dont lose one if you are not close to a city with replacement! took me over 7 months in a city of 40'000 people to get a new Mag... and expensive! The only bad comment I have with this gun is the Bushnell Elite scope I put on top of it! not 4x12x60.... not a bad scope for a 30-06 or 308 but not a match to this flat shooting 270 wsm! I am currently looking at balistic scopes from Night Force and Scorpion... Gun it self ROCKS!!

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from Marc Lillico wrote 1 year 5 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong about the Bushnell scopes... very good scopes in the elite series for an accurate close range or bush gun! absolutely love the optics! The wide angle out of that 60mm Bell is great! I can hit accurate with this scope from 100yds to 400yrds (knowing my ballistic drop) for me that is not good enuf! I know this gun can do WAY more than that! All the open lease land here and short season I need a setup that can get me 800+ yards and be comfortable!

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