I was wondering just out of curiosity if the Tikka T3 Lite SS would be a good rifle to build up into a good long range rifle? Im asking because they garuntee at least MOA accuracy out of the box so they must be accurate enough?
My only concern is that they are pretty light for serious LR work...My dad has one in a 7 RM and it does shoot 1/2 MOA at 100 yards w/150g NBT's, and will hold 4-5 inch groups at 500. The triggers are great and can be adjusted down to 2lbs with an allen wrench. I"d say there ok to about 600-700 for deer/elk, but light rifles are kinda hard to hold steady at long range. Other then that, they are accurate rifles and I dont think you'll have a problem hitting what you want to.
The only other concern I have with them is I believe they are kinda a pain to rebarrel if I remember correctly, if you decide to go that route when you shoot the factory barrel out. You dont see to many Tikkas w/aftermarket barrels. Theres gotta be some reason behind this??? I'm just not 100% sure what it is.
I looked at the Tikka lites, in 300wm, much TOO lite in that caliber IMO. Bought a used 695 for not much money, has steel detachable mag's, the new lite's are plastic and cost more, going bear hunting in three weeks and when I get back I plan to contact Mr. Russo about a stock for it.
I've heard much good things about Tikka's , so have departed from my much beloved Remington's. We'll see how things go.
I love my Lite, but I'm not actually a dedicated LR hunter- I just wanted a rifle that was capable of the long shots because by far most of what I hunt is much closer - under 300. Remington 2506 has a very good point. The heavior rifle is better suited for a serious lr hunting rifle. However, The tikka's are shooters. I was able to shoot a 3 and 5/8 group at 630 last weekend with 300wsm - I was pretty happy with that!
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
My daughter's T3 Lite 270 is a kicker. Since I work up loads for that rifle, I have grown to hate it. I'd rather shoot any of the 300 mags before I shoot the T3. It is accurate, but the way the rifle goes together with the stock is foreign to me and I don't like it. The port is small and you have to load the rifle with a Barney mag routine to load 4 rounds. The rings need constant attention because of the sever kick. This sounds negative, but it is what it is, a light weight rifle for a skinny girl that can't hold normal weight rifles well. She doesn't know any different and just shoots it, well. Out of the box, it is 1/2" gun with no tuning.