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Thread: Tikka T3 Lite - upgrade or trade in?

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    Tikka T3 Lite - upgrade or trade in?

    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?

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    That's a lot of money to spend on fitting a 2nd hand barrel (200 seems pricey to me). Why not get a new barrel fitted for a similar price or a couple hundred more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by takbok View Post
    That's a lot of money to spend on fitting a 2nd hand barrel (200 seems pricey to me). Why not get a new barrel fitted for a similar price or a couple hundred more?
    +1, you will probably buy a decent new barrel for 400-500.

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    You owe me a keyboard now, 500 to fit a barrel?
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    Get the Sako 85 varmint laminate. I have one in .243 and it is brilliant.

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    If you have the slot and you can afford to keep the T3 then do that and add the Sako (Not much more expensive than the barrel change you quoted). I have a T3 with a more 'tactical' setup for range use and my 85 Varmint Laminate Stainless in .308 is primarily for stalking use, although does also see occasional range action. The Sako 85 VLS is an outstanding rifle. Very accurate..

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    I think you should handle a Sako 85 Varmint Laminate Stainless and then make a decision. If you like the stock (and therefore won't be changing it), then for a similar amount that you have budgeted to upgrade your Tikka, you will have a spanking new rifle. (It occurs to me that you will also need a different moderator 30 cal and threaded M18x1.)

    The Tikka are a fine rifle and stupidly accurate. It is likely that the 85 won't be noticeably more so given that they employ the same barrels, but (for me), the fit and finish and all metal components set it apart. I have had a 85 Varmint Laminate Stainless in .223 for 3 years now and it is a lovely thing to shoot. It is a confidence inspiring rifle and you do have to try very hard to miss with it. The set trigger (standard fit) is a lot of fun, although I admit I don't tend to use it as I don't practice with it.

    Earlier this year, I fancied the same gun with more poke so I bought it in .308. I had it zeroed at 100m within a few shots and a 5 shot 1 inch group within the first 10 shots out of the barrel. This was with Hornady SST which I had bought a couple of packs of to play with. I haven't stretched its legs yet, but am looking forward to spending more time with it. Like the .223, it is a very satisfying gun to shoot.

    You are in a nice position. Such a terrible quandary.

    regards


    Ian

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    KEEP your light rifle. You will regret forever making it heavier. A heavy rifle has no advantages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2506Shooter View Post
    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?
    You'll miss that.~Muir

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    Yes, you should keep the .25-06 if you like that cartridge and the rifle is so accurate.
    The .308 is quite different; just get one in the Sako 85 and nice wood, open sights, and no mod, and have happy shooting both ways.

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