Originally Posted by Dr. Vette
Weatherby recently said on their forum that they have replaced a total of ten (10) Sub-MOA rifles for not meeting the claim. Apparently these "magazine testers and forum guys" have never contacted Weatherby.
Your bias shows, and I'm sure mine does too. But, that's OK.
My 7 Weatherbys and I are happy.
I've never owned or shot the Tikka but I've looked at several as well as spent time at the SHOT show looking at them and comparing many, many rifles.
Guilty! I admit that I am biased towards the Tikka, but might consider a Weatherby in the future (actually the T/C Icon looks interesting too). I did notice that a Sub MOA is several hundred dollars more than a Tikka though. And its average trigger weight, according to Weatherby, is 3.15 lbs and must be adjusted by a gunsmith. The Tikka is set at 3 lbs from the factory and can be adjusted down to 2 lbs or up to 4 lbs, by the owner.
So you'd pay more for a Sub MOA vs a T3, and yet even more to get the trigger adjusted if you wanted to go lower. I know many people that like a 3 lb trigger on a hunting rifle. I like 2 lbs. on mine so it wouldn't apply to everyone.
The OP also mentioned lightweight. The SUB MOA is a full pound heavier than a T3 synthetic. The regular Vanguard is also heavier than a T3 by nearly 1 pound. The plain Vanguard does seem like a bargain at $400. Actually might look into getting Howa 1500 for even less, but a blue T3 can be bought for $500 which is lighter, has 1 MOA guarantee, and adjustable trigger. I'm sounding like a broken record so I'll stop...