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    Tikka T3 vs ???

    Hello everyone

    I've just been introduced to deer stalking via a four day course and am now wanting to progress with my DSC level 1 and FAC application etc. During the course we used 2 Tikka T3's in .243 and 6.5mm calibres.

    Having not fired a rifle in quite some years I was most happy when I hit a one inch bull at 100 yards with my first shot. I was also happy with the other shots I took from different positions and at different ranges etc. The guns light weight was appreciated and I am happy to say the .243 took both a roe doe and a red hind no problem at all. Both animals ran no more than 3 yards, before dropping. The red only about 1 yard.

    The stalker who provided the training course advised me that the T3 was an ideal package. And from my very limited experience I had no doubt to think otherwise. And to be honest I had all intentions of acquiring a T3 .243. The fact that it's Forestry Commision standard issue, also impressed me.

    Then I found this site and read that many people don't rate this weapon at all. Unfortunately, few alternatives seem to have been proposed. So, my question to the board is :-

    What .243 rifle would you suggest for a begginer to stalk with if you believe a T3 is rubbish. Having been out in the rain, climbing up and down high seats and "army crawled" along the ground in Scotland (The area I plan to stalk in the future), I believe a beautiful walnut stock would be a poor choice as it will only get scratched and damaged etc. So I'm more than happy with a synthetic stock as I believe this will be more practical, although not as aesthetically pleasing.

    Sincerest regards

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    Hi Mj,
    I too was told that T3's are crap, so I tried one and liked it. Infact i now own two (243 & 308)and intend to get a T3 tactical 300 and maybe even a 6.5x55 Varmint.

    They are good starters rifle! So my advice would be get a synthetic and stainless Varmint, heavy barrel but still only 7lbs in weight. All you need then is to buy a really good scope like a Schmitt and Bender. Job done. Everyone has an opinion, this is mine.
    If you intend to have just the one rifle, try a 6.5x55.
    I hope this helps.

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    Most of those who have a chance to compare the T3 with the Remmy will opt for the Remmy. I don't blame them. I think they just feel and look a better rifle. Its all down to personal choice really.

    Budget rifles are much of a muchness, built to a price, modern manufacturing ensures that they rarely turn out a complete pile of s#!t. But it has been known. excessive head spacing, over size chambers, over long throats, chambers machined on the p!$$, plastic stocks that flex and bend or have overly short or long lengths of pull usually to short. Poor comb height especially if you want to use larger objective lensed scopes.

    The joy with a Remmy is that given a little time and a small budget you can have a play around in the replacement parts market place, as everyone makes stocks and components as drop in fits for Remmy's, and eventually build yourself a semi custom rifle. If thats what you want of course.

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    Nothing wrong with Tikka's I have used them for over 20 years all over the UK, and 4 different countries in Africa, never let me down once.

    Just bought a new 270 Tikka Lite, three bullets 3 deer, what more can you ask of a rifle, whether it costs 800 or 8000, its the person behind the rifle that makes the difference.

    Some people prefer to pay a great deal of money for fancy custom jobs, and if that is what turns your light on then fine. But I would still put any Tikka up against any other rifle and it will still do the same job that it was designed to do. kill deer!!

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    I have a T3 and like it, with a T8 and with Swarovski 3-10x42 it balances handles nicely. The receiver is far better designed and machined than a Remington, the trigger as good, perhaps better, while the plastic trigger guard and magazine maintain the black finish far longer than the anodised aluminium ones on the Remington that soon wear on the edges leaving shiny areas.

    T3 also have integral scope mounts, while the bolt has a proper extractor, a design adopted for many Remington customised actions.

    However, the most important thing in a rifle is confidence, you have tried a T3 and like it, so build on that confidence. Buying a rifle and scope is an expensive undertaking, a T3 with a good scope will perform better in the field than a more expensive rifle and a cheap scope in poor light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc
    Nothing wrong with Tikka's I have used them for over 20 years all over the UK, and 4 different countries in Africa, never let me down once.

    Sorry But you cant compare a T3 with a m55 or m65 as far as quality of finish, components or looks are concerned. Or a 595.

    Chalk and cheese.IMO.

    Sorry we have taken this thread off topic.

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    One man's meat is another man's poison!
    I own a Tikka 595 and have owned a Tikka M65 both are excellent rifles and I would certainly buy Tikka again. I have also owned a Remington 700 sv for a very short time, probably one of the worst rifles I have ever owned I will certainly not buy another one. Howa is another matter, I would consider a Howa, it is basically a Remington built as it should be, the quality is far superior.

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    Rabbit, the topic is Tikka, I have the early model in wood, a very good rifle, which I am letting a young friend in Finland have as he is a young man who is a very good hunter and shot his first Red Stag with it 3 years ago. He also writes a great many articles in Finnish hunting magazines and intends on writing up the history of my rifles use. I would not be prepared to let anyone else have it, but it is going to a good home. I also have a very good english friend who has one. They are good rifles.

    Your opinion is yours, mine differs from yours, and with a lot of miles under my belt with Tikka, I stand by my claim. Like I have said before it is the person behind the rifle that makes the shot. The main reason for my getting one is the amount of deer management I now undertake wood is too much trouble to look after. My rifles are working tools, and earn their living.

    Correct me if I am wrong but another member off this site who is no longer on the site? also had the same views

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    I should correct my previous comment, Howa is how a remington should be built i.e. on a par with a Tikka. Value for money Tikka take some beating.

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    8X57, good on you, I am not saying Tikka are the best rifles ever made. But for quality and value and for a good working rifle that shoots straight out of the box they take some beating. I also have a Ruger in 25.06 which I also like a great deal.

    You might find its a bit quiet on the Rabbit front from now on. probably mexamotosis (if thats how you spell it)

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