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Old 01-26-2014, 6:51 PM
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Default Tikka you are really pissing me off!

What the hell? Why is Tikka not selling the Hunter Stainless Fluted (walnut stock 6lb rifle) over here in America? In fact the only stainless fluted they are selling is the Camo Synthetic Stock. That model is exclusively sold by Cabela's. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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They are supposed to make good rifles, but I guess no one really knows about them in America.
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Probably because most Americans prefer synthetic stocks these days. Gotta be tacticool even when hunting.

I love my T3 Lite BTW!
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Probably because most Americans prefer synthetic stocks these days. Gotta be tacticool even when hunting.

I love my T3 Lite BTW!
Not quite. While typically something like this would be due to the importer not importing the things(Beretta in this instance), Tikka isn't even selling a hunter fluted stainless model through their european distributors(looking at the ones with websites anyway).
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Hmm wonder if it is a custom thing. I'm only seeing it in New Zealand Gun Stores.

Guess I could pick up a synthetic stock fluted and restock it to a hunter wood stock.
http://www.tikka.fi/t3models.php?huntersfb
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Step it up a couple notches and get the Sako.
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Cabela's Tikka Superlight
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Tikka...es/1170172.uts
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Buy the wood stock separate lots of aftermarket and I love my tikka t3 lite 308, my first experience making clover leaves. The synth stock to keep costs down
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Damn Cabela's really marks up the Superlight almost $900.
T3 Lights are going from $550 to 650.

How much does flutting cost?
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Wow just ran across a interesting fact on the Tikka
Hunter Wood Stock Weight 28oz
Lite Synthetic Stock Weight 28oz
http://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthr..._Bell_Carlson_
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Probably because most Americans prefer synthetic stocks these days. Gotta be tacticool even when hunting.

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Buy the wood stock separate lots of aftermarket and I love my tikka t3 lite 308, my first experience making clover leaves. The synth stock to keep costs down
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Yep. I almost got a T3 Lite but decided against it due to its higher price since I knew I would use semis more for hunting anyway.
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Yep. I almost got a T3 Lite but decided against it due to its higher price since I knew I would use semis more for hunting anyway.
Higher Price? $549
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Beret...es/1375202.uts
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Yes, I decided to go for a Ruger American for $375 but I only use it when I need a canon caliber like when I hunt black bear or know I will need to shoot across canyons, otherwise I just use 223. If I was going to use it as my main hunting rifle I would have invested a little bit more and gone for the Tikka but that said, the American is pretty good for its money.
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Cheaper here and they do ship to Kalifornia.
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Step it up a couple notches and get the Sako.
^This, I guess people in America that want real wood go with the Sako 85.
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Off topic, I was at the range and saw a Sako with a blonde wood stock and gorgeous blueing. The thing was a beauty. My point, Sakos are nice!
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Sako are nice but damn pricey!
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I would just step up to Kimber in Ti over a Finnlight

Or a NULA
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What the hell? Why is Tikka not selling the Hunter Stainless Fluted (walnut stock 6lb rifle) over here in America? In fact the only stainless fluted they are selling is the Camo Synthetic Stock. That model is exclusively sold by Cabela's. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Here's a little secret: Scheels sporting goods is the exclusive importer of the hunter stainless in North America. There stores are located in the upper mountain west.
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How much does flutting cost?

$125 to $300.
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One could always go with a Savage Lightweight Hunter. In short action they are 5.5 lbs and my rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor is an absolute tack driver. My first three groups using three different bullet weights were all barely more than 0.5 inch, c-t-c. It is not stainless steel, obviously, but my Tikka T3 Lite SS gets corrosion spots way too easily during a long day's hunt for me to recommend Tikka's stainless steel..


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Mattole,

The wood on your rifle above is beautiful. In my experience it's hard to find files with furniture which looks so nice. If I saw a rifle like this at a store, I'd buy it right away regardless of caliber.

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Might just go with the Savage Lightweight.

I allways had good luck with Savage Rifles
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Might just go with the Savage Lightweight.

I allways had good luck with Savage Rifles
Look at Kimber rifles.
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Some are buying based on price, some based on a look or stock material. I own 2 tikkas, and like how they shoot.
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Some are buying based on price, some based on a look or stock material. I own 2 tikkas, and like how they shoot.
Tikkas have amazing trigger and smoth bolt

I have a 270win T3 Lite
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NordicDave, I got really lucky with this stock. The stock that originally came with the rifle (ordered sight unseen through my FFL via his distributor) was very bland and mediocre and did not fit the action correctly. I immediately sent it back to Savage with a cordial note asking them to replace the stock with one that they hand-picked from their inventory. Savage customer service has a great reputation and they really came through for me. The stock you see in the image was what was revealed after I removed the dull dark poly-stain factory finish and refinished it. I used a bit of alcohol-based stain to warm the color and then finished with several coats of Linspeed.

If one is looking for an extremely lightweight and good-looking rifle that is insanely accurate, has a sweet trigger and is priced just a tad under $800 then you can't go wrong with the Savage Lightweight Hunter. Plus that spiral bolt is just plain cool looking..

Toby, I have no personal experience with Kimber rifles but have not heard good things about the accuracy their lightweight model(s).
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Mattole,

Double thumbs up on all counts. Brilliant example of how sometimes a small amount of patience and careful home gun smithing can make a difference. People pay a $1000 premium to Winchester's or Remmy's custom shop to try to get a rifle that handsome.

You could get a premium for the rifle if sold, but looking that great it's a keeper.

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Just ran across 2 other lightweight options
Mossberg 4x4 6.2lbs

Savage Axis is 6.5lbs
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Mossberg 4x4 6.2lbs

Savage Axis is 6.5lbs
Good points, ElvenSoul (great name). There is also the Ruger American and the Marlin X7 in the same < 7 lbs weight range. And like the others you mention they are priced under $400. A lot of rifle for the money, if one is not attached to wood stocks and a finer, craftsman-like feel.
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^This, I guess people in America that want real wood go with the Sako 85.
Probably... But even with a sako 75 and/or 85 on the list, I'd still get a t3 with wood if the weight was the same as a synthetic... May be due to pricing in the us vs other countries?? Ie if sakos cost way more in other countries, it may make sense to offer Tikkas that more closely resemble a sako the way people traditionally think of them. That or it's due to odd local laws in other countries. Only two things I can think of.


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Probably... But even with a sako 75 and/or 85 on the list, I'd still get a t3 with wood if the weight was the same as a synthetic... May be due to pricing in the us vs other countries?? Ie if sakos cost way more in other countries, it may make sense to offer Tikkas that more closely resemble a sako the way people traditionally think of them. That or it's due to odd local laws in other countries. Only two things I can think of.




Good to know. Thanks.
The Tikka is more in the field gun....the Sako is for the wannabe target shooter who wants a off the shelf target rifle.

As far as I can tell the only real diference is the Tikka is missing the switch to pull the bolt with the safety on...thaf the it.. same barrels...same stocks..same reciever
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Marlin 4x4 comes in 3 choices of wood and 2 choices of synthetic stocks

....lamenting no Tikka Laminate for 2014
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Of course this post would not exist if Winchester would put a better barrel on the Featherweight or Browning & Remington where realistic in the pricing of their lightweights.
$950 for a basic Stalker A Bolt Browning?
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Have you looked at or handeled a Weatherby mark v light weight? Or the Mark v Fiber mark?
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Damn Cabela's really marks up the Superlight almost $900.
T3 Lights are going from $550 to 650.

How much does flutting cost?
Don't forget camo

I got my stainless black synthetic superlight for 630 (with flutes) from Sportsman's warehouse.

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What the hell? Why is Tikka not selling the Hunter Stainless Fluted (walnut stock 6lb rifle) over here in America? In fact the only stainless fluted they are selling is the Camo Synthetic Stock. That model is exclusively sold by Cabela's. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
Exactly what I wanted and couldn't find. Tikka stainless fluted...
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Have you looked at or handeled a Weatherby mark v light weight? Or the Mark v Fiber mark?
Yeah but for the price of the Kimber and Weatherby Lightweights you can go to a custom maker like NULA and others. You can build your own as well. There are titanium competition recievers out there based on the Rem700. I know someone who built a 4lb .243win that shoots 1/4 first 2 shots.
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