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Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

 
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:55 PM
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Re: Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

I have been wanting a light weight stainless elk rifle for bad weather hunts. I was looking at the Savage and the Tikka (being left handed my choices are quite limited). I too originally thought the Tikkas had too much plastic. Then my girlfriend bought a slightly used Tikka in 7-08. I love that little rifle. I even love that plastic mag that I didn't like at all in the store. It is a simple design that just works and boy does it shoot! I am sold and will get a Tikka in either 300win or wsm for next season. Hopefully I can find a lefty on sale after the rifle season. Too bad my girlfriend's Tikka sports my monarch scope I was planning on putting on mine when I get it!
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:37 AM
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Re: Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

I own several tikkas and I have owned a stainless vanguard in 300 wby, my friend now owns the vanguard and loves it. he takes the thing everywhere. as far as an out of the box rifle I think the tikka has a significant lead in the accuracy department. however with both choices there is a magazine length issue. If it were me I would get a tikka in 300 wsm and get a long action magazine for it so you can seat long bullets to the lands.
But to answer your question about the plastic tikkas. Yes its a little bothersome that they have so much plastic, but it makes them light and you cant seem to be able to break it or make one fail in anyway. I think you are safe going either way though. pick the caliber you want the most...if its the wby, then vanguard it is, if its one of the other 2 300's then I vote tikka.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:41 PM
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Re: Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

Thanks for all of the feedback. I am still on the fence and can't seem to find a the definitive answer. I do appreciate the 300wby round and I have probably $250 in reloading components for the $300wby so I am partial to go that route but on the other hand, the $300wby is an expensive round to load for as compared to the $300 winchester and if I forget my ammo and I am in the sticks, I am more likely to find a box of 300 win at the ma and pa store than the weatherby.

I held the tikka today, man it feels great.......
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:03 PM
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Re: Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

I have a Tikka T3 stainless lite in. 270WSM. In a word I love it. It is light, and is my most accurate out of the box factory rifle I own. With a good, light 2.5x-10x scope it is an impressive package. As far as plastic goes, mine has held up great under field conditions. Also, despite what we may think, plastic is not particularly fragile when properly produced. It is strong, flexible and impervious to corosion. Not to mention it is light. I will put my plastic fantastic Glock up against any steel pistol. As far as rounds go, my vote is for the 300WSM. I have owned the ones you mention, but prefer the WSM over them. It is accurate' burns less powder, has less recoil and has no useless belt. The game will never know you shot them with a WSM vs. A Weather by. Good luck.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:10 PM
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I have a Tikka T3 stainless lite in. 270WSM. In a word I love it. It is light, and is my most accurate out of the box factory rifle I own. With a good, light 2.5x-10x scope it is an impressive package. As far as plastic goes, mine has held up great under field conditions. Also, despite what we may think, plastic is not particularly fragile when properly produced. It is strong, flexible and impervious to corosion. Not to mention it is light. I will put my plastic fantastic Glock up against any steel pistol. As far as rounds go, my vote is for the 300WSM. I have owned the ones you mention, but prefer the WSM over them. It is accurate' burns less powder, has less recoil and has no useless belt. The game will never know you shot them with a WSM vs. A Weather by. Good luck.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:21 PM
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Re: Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

The problem I have with the 300 wsm is I want to shoot a high BC bullet in the 200gr weight and it is my understanding the 300 wsm doesn't like the heavier bullets.......is that true?
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: Vanguard series 2 or tikka t3 lite?

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The problem I have with the 300 wsm is I want to shoot a high BC bullet in the 200gr weight and it is my understanding the 300 wsm doesn't like the heavier bullets.......is that true?

No, absolutely not...

There is no problem. The 300 WSM is fine with heavier bullets. It does not drive them quite as fast as the larger rounds, of course, because it holds less powder, but with the 208 A-Max, I can stay on target out to a mile.

The 300 WSM is the smallest of the group, but has the advantage of being a smaller rifle and no brake. Actually, I don't run a brake on my 300 Weatherby either...It's recoil has never bothered me, it's more of a push, but it's in a Mk5 and is a much larger rifle overall.

I'd say the 300 Weatherby has about a 100 fps advantage over the 300 WSM with bullets in the 200gr range comparing the best loads with either one... I don't shoot factory loads so I couldn't say about those.

I've been tempted to pick up a Vanguard in 300 Weatherby just because I like the Vanguard, but I really don't need another rifle...so we'll see how long I can hold out...

There is nothing wrong with choosing any of them really, but in my opinion, a 300 WSM with a 200 Accubond on top is BIG medicine!

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