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Thread: Long Term Tikka T3 owners

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    Long Term Tikka T3 owners

    As much as I would like to buy a custom rifle, the impending addition to my family means Im going to be a bit strapped for cash for the next few years so, realistically Im going to be looking at something around the price of a T3. Which I then intend to keep as my only deer rifle, cal is already decided (7mm-08) as is the stainless/synthetic combination. So really I suppose Im just after any final words of encouragement or wisdom from long term Tikka owners....

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    You'll be lucky to get any words of wisdom from me, but the T3 is a wonderful rifle. I have it in 243, stainless synthetic. It's accurate, robust, and I actually think it looks the part too even though I've always been a wood man. For me it just seems to work, much better than some of my friends' assorted rifles work for them... or at least that's how it appears

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    I have two Tikka T3's, .25-06 and .243. both S/S. I have had them from new for around 8 years and crawled through every thing with them. Apart from the odd wipe down and pull through they never needed a thing. I will likely never change these two rifles unless i shoot the barrel out which i doubt very much.

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    They go forever. I know a Stalker that takes out around 400 beasts a year and has done for the last 12 years all with a tikka . It has the same barrel from new. All hes replaced is a t8 on it because it was shot out. The rife is used ever day out in all weathers. Its still shooting spot on and it will probably go for another 12 years.

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    I don't own a Tikka, but shot a couple from my English friend. great rifles and he swears by them. My first rifle was a custom 300 Win Mag on a Sako action. Beautifull rifle, but I would always take the T3 for stalking. The Sako was scope included around 4.6 kg. A short barelled 7-08 T3 , 2.7 kg + an A-Tec Cmm 4 ( if you need one ) = 2.9 kg + a decent scope. In total you stay around 3.5 kg, a joy to carry. What I mean is, that you don't get an inferior rifle when you buy a T3.
    To get the same qualities in a custom rifle you pay 3/4 times more and no deer ever feels the diffrence. Good luck.

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    I've had one since 2004 which is roughly when they were released I think. Its a 22/250 and my main foxing rifle. Same barrel and great accuracy after a shedload of rounds. Mines the wood stocked hunter. My only regret is I didn't get the synthetic model but thats purely personal preference. If I has my time again I would buy one no question. The exchange rate has gone t!ts up since then though.

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    I love my T3 lite,it suits me and my needs perfectly,doesn't cost the earth, and quite happily carry it all day long.
    Will be looking for a 308 soon, but will keep the .243 for as long as I can.
    Their prices seem to have increased the last year or so, or it could be just me.

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    You can't go wrong with a T3 really. The only thing I will add, is that I would consider going for a long action calibre since the bolt throw will be the same and you won't have a magazine that's larger than it needs to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrion View Post
    You can't go wrong with a T3 really. The only thing I will add, is that I would consider going for a long action calibre since the bolt throw will be the same and you won't have a magazine that's larger than it needs to be.
    Unless it was an uncommon desirable action, I wouldn't choose the chambering to suit the action length, but that's just my personal preference.

    The merits of long vs. short action aren't the most crucial aspect of deer stalking rifles I wouldn't have said.

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    get one mate and sell me the cooper

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