Originally Posted by kraky1
I came to own a tikka t-3 in 300 win mag in the last year or so. What a delightfully light and accurate rifle with a super smooth bolt and trigger to boot. I can't help but think it's the best $550 bargain out there.
Not to hi-jack the thread, but I tend to agree. I've got two of them in 7mm Rem Mag. They both shoot 160 gr Nosler Accubonds to about 0.6 moa @300 yds. One of them shoots 168 Berger VLDs to about 0.4 moa @300yds. They've got about the best out of the box factory triggers I've ever come across. The action is smooth as silk. I know several other shooters that have the T3s also and they just seem to flat out shoot. Deadly accurate for a factory rifle at that price. The only flaw I've found in them is that the factory supplied front aluminum scope ring is the only one of the two rings that is mechanically locked to the receiver. Other than that both factory rings just ride in a dovetail recessed in the receiver. The front ring has a steel pin that protrudes from the base of the ring down into a hole in the top of the receiver. Well... that steel pin will kick out and deform the back side of the front ring under recoil from 7mm mags, 300 mags, 338 mags..., any of the harder kicking calibers. Virtually every one I've examined shows the aluminum ring bulging out adjacent to that steel pin. The solution is to toss the factory rings and intall rings or bases that screw down into the four tapped holes in the top of the receiver. Talley rings would be the lightest, and I know several owners happy with them. But there are separate base and ring offerings from Warne and some others. Another recommended upgrade is an aftermarket LimbSaver recoil pad for any of the magnum calibers. A little easier on the shoulder than the factory pad. After that the only thing the T3s need is shot.