Had a moment yesterday evening that I thought I'd share to hopefully benefit others, I have had my Tikka T3 30-06 for a few months now and have shot a few roe and a few foxes with it and fired probably around 80-100 rounds through it, I had it out last night and was on a piece of land and so had the muzzle up in the air - I cycled the bolt and chambered a round and went to apply the safety and the rifle went off...much to my shock...
i cycled the bolt without a round in and again it cocked the bolt but fired as I applied the safety...obviously this had me a bit spooked so I up the rifle in the car and took my 243 out.
one of the first stops today was my local gun shop who took the action out of the stock and discovered the trigger assembly had worked loose - there was also a spring on the assembly that had dropped out due to the trigger assembly being loose.
my gun shop kindly gave me a new trigger assembly and fitted it and we tested the rifle giving all the usual thump, drop and wiggle everything test.
one thing I noticed on the rifle and a brand new T3 we had a look at in the shop was the main cap screw that holds the assembly into the action is not locktited on, this to me on a caliber with a fair thump of recoil was surprising so this serves to warn others that it's worth checking your rifle over just to make sure, also the need for muzzle awareness is paramount.
its a frightening thought when you think if it had been pointed in the wrong direction or worse in a truck lamping with a rifle inside the cab, plenty of people will quietly load a round when a fox is spotted and the need to ensure you are in a safe position is so so important. I am SO SO glad the people who have mentored and taught me over the years hav always drummed the safety aspect into me and muzzle awareness was one of those things.
i for one will be shortening the time between full strip downs now on all my rifles now to check all fasteners and I would strongly ask other people do the same.