Last month I got my new Tikka T3 .308 varmint, but it was only last weekend I managed to get it zeroed and had been itching to do so. I didn't use a moderator with it. *I had a second hand scope so it only took a couple of shots to get the rounds on target. I used RWS 150g soft points. *After that I fired seven shots from the classic position of "bipod resting on the land rover bonnet while parked on a slope." I got a really good grouping with 7 shots only 5 holes, and no the other two didn't miss. I found the action really smooth. I wasn't use to the trigger pull, it's seemed light, but think I will come to like it. A friend kindly supplied a target that when it's shot reveals a hi-vis or luminous colour under the target making it very easy to spot your rounds while your zeroing
Now I know there's lots of opinons on cleaning but I like things clean. So after I gave it a spray of oil and a pull through till clean and then lightly oiled the barrel.
Last Sunday I went out stalking and gave it a pull through again to get rid of the oil in barrel. We managed to find a Doe for the T3 to lose it's cherry on and the bullet placement was bang on target. There was no adverse meat damage.
The only thing I really don't like is the safety system. To unload you have to take the safety off, would rather that wasn't the case.*
Over all very happy with it and would definately recommend it. It not exactly pretty or anything but it does the job at a resonable price. **