Hi, I currently shoot a Tikka T3 Lite st/syn in 25-06 with an S&B 3-12x50 and ASE Utra SL5 mod. The rifle shoots splendidly but inevitable in hankering for something different.
I'm not a massive traditionalist, and don't mind synthetic or laminate stocks, and quite like the aesthetics of heavyish barrels (as well as their ability to manage multiple shots in succession).
Im considering whether to upgrade my T3 with a GRS stock and heavier barrel (there's a lovely barrel in the classifieds). I think the work will cost about £1200 (£500 stock, £200 barrel, £500 labour for fitting the barrel). There's also scope for future upgrading with bottom metal and AI mags.
Alternatively I could chop the T3 in for something like a Sako 85 varmint laminate in .308 (I have a spare slot), but there seem to be fewer options for customising Sakos than Tikka. I don't really have a specific budget, it's whatever I can sneak past my wife at any time!
Does les anyone have any thoughts, or other options which I've overlooked?