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Old 10-05-2009, 8:22 PM
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Default Anything against Tikka T3 with laminated stock?

Hi:

Must admit, I'm fond of aesthetically pleasing guns (including Hello Kitty AR-15s).

I'm still trying to decide on a .243 rifle for paper punching and high-powered plinking. I really like the looks of the T3 with Laminated stock.

Any reason to shy away from this stock? The Varmint stainless is nice too, with the extra capacity mag., but only looks utilitarian.

The Super-Varmint has some nice features, including a Piccatiny rail. The rail is peculiar though, in that it appears to be off to the side:

http://www.tikka.fi/t3models.php?supervarmint

I've looked at the Rem. 700 offerings, and nothing there is very appealing. I like SS, and there's only one model with .243 and SS, the SPS.

I keep returning to the Tikka T3, not sure why. Maybe because I like Linux, and Linux is from Finland?

I've looked at Savage as well, and there are nice models in calibers other than .243, but I'm not quite happy with the offerings in .243. Almost makes me consider just going with .223, since I could get a trigger adjustable down to .5lbs from Savage.

I've looked briefly at Weatherby Vanguard. The sub-MOA Stainless is interesting, but has a heavy trigger that is only factory adjustable.

Oh, I just noticed the T3 are available with "single set trigger as option." This lets you push the trigger forward to set, then just a slight pull makes it fire. Does anyone have experience with this, or the T3 vs. Vanguard triggers in general?

Thanks for comments.
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Old 10-05-2009, 8:39 PM
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Go Tikka. I got the Varmint SS in 223 and never looked back. Just started to hunt with it and already just oh so DEADLY!
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Old 10-05-2009, 8:43 PM
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i have an older tikka 30-06 rifle. i love it!! the action is ultra smooth!!!
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Old 10-05-2009, 9:58 PM
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I have a Tikka T3 Super Varmint in .223 and the rail is not offset. I think what you saw was an optical illusion from the way the picture was taken. It's a great rifle but I've never really had the time to put more than 100rds through it.

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Old 10-05-2009, 10:15 PM
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I have a Tikka T3 varmint (heavy barrel and extended mag.) chambered in .308. I Couldn't be happier with it. Trigger is amazing and so simple to adjust, and the bolt is the smoothest I have ever used....not to mention I can shoot 1MoA or better with nearly all ammo I feed it. Very accurate out of the box, Tikka isn't the most popular name out in the rifle world but it sure does stand its ground.
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Unfortunately the "set trigger" is not available in the USA. I've shot a couple of "out of the box" Tikka T3's and the triggers were nice and clean, better than the one Vanguard I shot. The Vanguard isn't a bad rifle, but I like the Tikka better. Never seen a T3 Laminated in person, only the Hunter and the Lite.
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get the Tikka!
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Got Tikka T3 Light in .300 WSM. It kicks a $ $..... and shoulder too.
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It makes it bigger and longer.

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I have a Tikka T3 Super Varmint in .223 and the rail is not offset. I think what you saw was an optical illusion from the way the picture was taken. It's a great rifle but I've never really had the time to put more than 100rds through it.
Thanks for the photo with the scope (as well as thanks to the others who posted photos).

Indeed, it must have been an optical delusion.

Now if I can just figure out why I might prefer a Picatinny rail vs. the "ordinary" mounting method...
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Old 10-06-2009, 7:29 PM
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Old 10-06-2009, 7:33 PM
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Stan, did you cut your 223 barrel down too?
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Old 10-06-2009, 7:36 PM
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The Picatinny rail offers much stronger mounting and better choice of rings to use. Plus if you want to shoot long range...600+ yards...you get a rail with some built in elevation to preserve the elevation in your scope. And they are cheap...: http://egw-guns.com/store/index.php?...roducts_id=221

The stock rings they sell with the rifle are JUNK. They slip,bend,etc. Even with low recoiling calibers they are a no go. But thats just my opinion....only complaints I have ever heard about a Tikka not shooting well are from those using the stock rings....the switch to good rings or a rail and "magically" the rifle starts to shoot good. But what do I know...

Take care,Stan
Thanks for that valuable info!

I'm in big trouble now though, because I seem to be developing black rifle disease... I may get one of those first.
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Nope...thats my .243. I don't take the .223 out much. I let my son shoot it and he shoots it in 100-200-300 yard matches mostly.

Take care,Stan
Nice. Teach'em young. What brake do you have on the 243?
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The Picatinny rail offers much stronger mounting and better choice of rings to use. Plus if you want to shoot long range...600+ yards...you get a rail with some built in elevation to preserve the elevation in your scope. And they are cheap...: http://egw-guns.com/store/index.php?...roducts_id=221

The stock rings they sell with the rifle are JUNK. They slip,bend,etc. Even with low recoiling calibers they are a no go. But thats just my opinion....only complaints I have ever heard about a Tikka not shooting well are from those using the stock rings....the switch to good rings or a rail and "magically" the rifle starts to shoot good. But what do I know...


Take care,Stan
What's your take on those Dednutz mounts on the smaller caliber Tikka's like the 223?
http://www.dnzproducts.com/index.php...page=page&id=4
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