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How good are the Tikka rifles?

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Unread 01-17-2010, 10:50 PM
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How good are the Tikka rifles?

A friend of mine is looking for a 300 WM. He's not into long range hunting, at least not yet. He has been looking at Remingtons for the most part, but he was at a local sport shop the other day and this Tikka T-3 Liteweight stainless rifle caught his eye. What are some of the pros and cons of the Tikka rifles? Any help would be appreciated.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 11:47 PM
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Re: How good are the Tikka rifles?

tikka rifles come with a 3-shot sub 1" guarantee. i have t-3's in both .270 and .308 and have been extremely well pleased. excellent triggers as well: obviously depends on your application, but you'll have a tough time getting a better rifle for the money.
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Unread 01-18-2010, 12:17 AM
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Re: How good are the Tikka rifles?

I have two Tikka T3 Varmints, .223 & 6.5x55. I chose the T3 for the following reasons.
Did not wish to outlay a lot of money on my 1st centre fire rifle purchases.
Come in left handed bolt.
Out of box accuracy reputation was good.
Smooth bolt travel and feeding from magazine.
Trigger pull is crisp and can be adjusted easily.
Optional set trigger - I have set triggers on both rifles.

I did have a T3 - Lite .223 but traded it in for the heavier Varmint model which suits my preferred prone or seated shooting positions. The Lite and Varmint are essentially the same rifles with the Varmint having a heavier and longer barrel plus a screwed on cheek piece and forend which increases the weight from 6.25lb to 8.0lb. I have been using these rifles for 6 months and put 300 - 400 rounds through each. The quality of finish on both rifles is very good. I replaced the recoil pad on the 6.5x55 with a Limb Saver and also added a DE cheek piece. These additions have, I believe, assisted me in managing the moderate recoil better. Just this weekend I shot 4 x 5 shot groups with the 6.5x55 ranging from .40" to .52" @ 100yds using 140gr Amax.

All in all I am happy with these rifles. I have not owned or used a Remington so I cannot compare them.

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Unread 01-18-2010, 12:42 AM
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Re: How good are the Tikka rifles?

Alot of folks here own Tikka and from what I have read they seem pleased. With Remington go with the Sendaro. As far as the Remington ADL, BDL and other models that are about half the price of the Sendaro it's going to be a roll of the dice on whether you get a shooter or not. Tikka or Sendaro and I don't think you can go wromg.
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Unread 01-18-2010, 10:39 AM
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Re: How good are the Tikka rifles?

Thanks guys. I've been stearing him toward a 700, but that's only because that is what I prefer. FIgured I would try and find out about the Tikkas though and he will have something to compare.
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Unread 01-18-2010, 12:43 PM
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Re: How good are the Tikka rifles?

I would also look at the Savage 116 Weather Warrior in a light 300WM .

116 should come with accu-trigger, accu-stock and twist on - off muzzle break.

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Unread 01-21-2010, 10:27 AM
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Re: How good are the Tikka rifles?

only problems I've had with my tikka's:

stocks are somewhat fragile and very difficult to find replacements

damm clips/mag's are EXPENSIVE !
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