Considering a Tikka T3 SS in 6.5x55...go or no go?


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Polish_Pounder
September 21, 2008, 11:13 PM
Hey guys,

I am about to pull the trigger on a new deer rifle purchase. My research has led me to the T3, specifically the light stainless in 6.5x55. Anyone have one of these? I am not too concerned about the lack of aftermarket. I would like to hear what T3 owners think of them in general. Would you buy something else if you could do it over?

Thanks in advance,

-Polish

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Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
September 21, 2008, 11:16 PM
I thought that Tikka quit importing that caliber, and only the Sakos offer a 6.5x55? You probably won't go wrong, but personally, I'd want a CZ 550 instead. Is the Tikka you're looking at the one with wood stock or plastic?

surjimmy
September 21, 2008, 11:52 PM
I have a Tikka T3, Outstanding comes to mind. Mine is in the 300 WSM. it put 3 holes inside a penny at 100 yards with factory ammo.

Fumbler
September 22, 2008, 12:45 AM
Do a forum search and you'll find a lot of reading on peoples' opinions.

I own a T3 Lite in 308 and love it.
If I could do it over again I would have picked the exact same thing, but in 260Rem; but that's simply because I know more about ballistics and reloading.
I'm still very happy with the 308 and use it for deer and recreational target shooting.

I would not have picked any other rifle, if that's what you're asking.
I've owned a Winchester Model 70, Savage 110, and have shot Rem 700s, Weatherby Vanguards, CZ 550s, and Ruger M77s.
For a hunting rifle it's tops on my list...unless I was rich, then It'd be a Sako.
The T3 is a poor man's Sako;)

Browning
September 22, 2008, 10:55 AM
I was actually thinking about getting the same exact gun in 6.5X55 Swede due to the fact that it's a VERY accurate middle of the road caliber that can take a wide variety of game and that has good ballistics. The only fairly common 6.5 caliber that might have it beat ballistically is the .260 Rem or the .25-06, but from what I understand the 6.5X55 Swede is more common ammo wise and it's a little bit milder as far as recoil goes.

If you get it maybe you can tell us how it worked out for you and what you think of it?

I'd definately say 'Go', but that's because I want one myself and because I want you to give a product report after you have a chance to shoot it a little. So maybe you shouldn't listen to me as I'm kind of biased in this.

NonConformist
September 22, 2008, 11:06 AM
A friend has a Tikka, the bolt is so smooth people double check to make sure they actually chambered a round

jjohnson
September 22, 2008, 11:25 AM
Oh, man, that's one SWEET round! Never owned a Tikka, but have owned a Swedish Mauser for years, and it's a real performer. It's NOT a 7mm Mag, but just like the guys who have 270s swear by them, the 6.5 Swede will do its work big time. The nordic folks have hunted moose with them for over a century, and never bothered to go to 8mm Mauser because the 6.5 does its job.

Careful, though: since recoil and report are comparatively mild, if you let your wife or lady friend shoot it, you may not get it back.....:what:

BENELLIMONTE
September 22, 2008, 11:34 AM
I have a Tikka T3 lite hunter in 270 Win. The most accurate out of the box rifle I own. Buy it you'll like it!

viking499
September 22, 2008, 12:01 PM
I have had a Tikka T3 Lite 6.5x55 stainless for almost 6 months. SWEET gun. Will shoot at an inch or less with the cheap import ammo. It is hard to find that caliber in the stainless instock. The few I have seen floating around are about $100 to $150 to high. Got mine for $550 otd. You will find some 6.5's blued inwood around, but it is hard to find the stainless right now.

Jjohnson is right. I had a T3 243 stainless until my wife handled and shot it. Now it is HER gun.:)

Polish_Pounder
September 22, 2008, 03:56 PM
I just hit a real snag. I was 99% decided on the tikka, waiting only on the call from Williams Gunsight confirming that they had a setup for it. They claim that they have nothing that uses either the dovetail or the drilled and tapped holes for weaver bases. On top of that, they claim that because of the the way the receiver is, you can't use aperture sights because the line of sight is too high. This confuses me. How many high-power competitors have extremely high line of sight on their rifles? What do I do now? Anybody have any insight to this?

-Polish

atblis
September 22, 2008, 04:06 PM
http://www.mtguns.com/tika.htm

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
September 22, 2008, 04:10 PM
Why not just scope it?

Polish_Pounder
September 22, 2008, 04:16 PM
I am not a fan of scopes, plus I like the challenge. Thanks for the link, atblis, I'll send an email. Any other suggestions/options would be appreciated.

-Polish

theoldgringo
September 22, 2008, 11:59 PM
6.5x55.......I can't think of a better caliber for your purposes. I recently bought a Tikka Lite in 6.5 (stainless is available with synthetic, only) and a T3, 30/06 in walnut. I interchanged the stocks, had the walnut bedded to the 6.5, added some appropriate glass and will be shooting the rifle in BR hunter class at the local IKES. The resulting Tikka "Lite" in 30/06 is on consignment with a local dealer.

260 Remington was mentioned in one, or more of the above posts. If you intend to go that route, be mindful of twist rate. Many of the 260 offerings are available with only a 9 twist which will limit your bullet selection to nothing bigger than 140gr. I know I'll be putting out fires from the small caliber aficionados, but, if you intend to hunt larger game such as elk, moose, etc you will welcome the larger bullet weight that the 8 twist 6.5x55 affords.

Actually, what you are looking to build is perfect for the conditions where I hunt. Most deer are shot here at under 100yds and I feel comfortable saying most are shot at between 25 & 75yds. Open sights are perfect for this country. I'll be hunting this year with an 03A3 and the only reason I'm not using my Swede is that I haven't come close to getting the elevation correct with the ramp rear sight.

I should add that the Sako 85 now has an 8 twist in their 260 Rem and, certainly there are others available for fewer $'s than the Sako.

Good luck and good hunting with whatever you decide.

Float Pilot
September 23, 2008, 12:59 AM
I have three rifles in 6.5x55mm. So I do not need another one. BUT, the other day I was up near Kenai AK (75 miles north) and there was a Stainless Tkka T3 in 6.5 Swede Mauser sitting on the shelf calling my name.

That is a great cartirdge and a very good rifle. Since Tikka's are very accurate rifles and since the 6.5 Swede is one of the most accuarte cartridges ever designed, you could not possibly go wrong unless it is a fluke. How much are they going for down there? It was about $650 up here in overpriced land.
Contact these guys to see if they make a peep sight that will mount on the Tikka receiver. I have one as a back-up sight for my M77MKII Ruger.
http://www.newenglandcustomgun.com/

Browning
September 23, 2008, 11:26 AM
Polish_Pounder : I just hit a real snag. I was 99% decided on the tikka, waiting only on the call from Williams Gunsight confirming that they had a setup for it. They claim that they have nothing that uses either the dovetail or the drilled and tapped holes for weaver bases. On top of that, they claim that because of the the way the receiver is, you can't use aperture sights because the line of sight is too high. This confuses me. How many high-power competitors have extremely high line of sight on their rifles? What do I do now? Anybody have any insight to this?

http://images.outdoorinteractive.net/mgen/456076_oi.jpg

http://www.bjonessights.com/024.jpg

Their webpage.
http://www.anschutz-sporters.com/index.php5?menu=174&sprache=1

Putting Anschutz sights on a Tikka
http://www.gswagner.com/oddjobs/tikkasights/tikkasights.html

Fitting Anschutz Sights to a Tikka Rifle

So a fellow comes in and wants to compete in iron sighted HiPower matches with a Tikka bolt action rifle. He's on short money and can't afford a set of irons at this time, but he does have a set of Anschutz sights. In an attempt to get him started shooting, I offered to adapt the Anschutz sights to his Tikka.


Another possible option would be to put the target sights off of a Tikka 595 on there.

I'm pretty sure they would fit since they're both Tikka's

Since the Tikka 595 was discontinued finding them might be a pain in the ass though.

It's just a thought anyway, good luck.

Polish_Pounder
September 23, 2008, 12:05 PM
I called NECG and they said that they have a peep sight that mounts onto a weaver base, which the T3 is drilled to accept. Has anyone used the NECG peep sight? What is the thread on the aperture they use? The guy on the phone didn't know. The reason I care is that I want to put a Merit adjustable aperture in. Then all I need to do is put a front ramp on it and I'll be set.

The guy I talked to at MT guns offered to make an adapter to use an old Lyman or Redfield sight, but it costs about $40 more. I don't know how the old Lyman and Redfields compare to the NECG. Any experience?

-Polish

Polish_Pounder
September 23, 2008, 09:48 PM
No advice on the NECG vs. Lyman/Redfield? A second question, would a target sight be too fragile? I want to be able to hit out to 200 yards, and I don't mind having a larger sight to do it.

Thanks,

-Polish

Medusa
September 24, 2008, 01:05 AM
Ya know, the 6.5x55SE is called the Swedish Laser, "as the bullet hits the target before the gravity and wind really starts to affect it", or so I was told.

Float Pilot
September 24, 2008, 01:43 AM
NECG vs. Lyman/Redfield?

I have a NECG as a back up sight on my M77MKII in 350 Remington Mag. I added a front sight base and a fiber optic style front sight with a buckshot hood.
I keep it in a little plastic tube in my pocket in case I smash another scope.
They are a pain to adjust and pretty much are locked into place once you get them zeroed.

I also have a Refield Peep mounted on the side of a Husqvarna rifle. It is more of a target style sight with better ajustments.

IF, some some reason you are not mounting a scope on one of the most accurate rifles/ cartridges in the world, then you might like the Refield or Lyman style a little better.

PIC of my NECG sight.

Polish_Pounder
September 24, 2008, 09:24 AM
I was just thinking: why not machine my own adapter? I can machine a piece of bar-stock with holes in it that match up to the weaver rail holes, but the top of which is an 11 mm dovetail that can accept an Anschutz or Williams sight. The only problem I can think of is that the Williams sight may have an elevation adjustment that hangs over that side, because it isn't a problem on a .22. Any thoughts? The Williams webpage doesn't have much in the way of detailed product photos.

-Polish

High Planes Drifter
September 24, 2008, 10:00 AM
Jjohnson is right. I had a T3 243 stainless until my wife handled and shot it. Now it is HER gun


I've "lost" guns like that myself. Funny how that works, isnt it?:D

Buds Gun Shop has the stainless model for under 600.00. Or at least they did.

Polish_Pounder
September 25, 2008, 11:44 AM
Another problem has come up. I wanted this gun in time for Deer season, but the next batch is being imported in January 2009. So now the question is do I wait for the 6.5x55, or go with the 7mm-08?

-Polish

gvnwst
September 25, 2008, 12:05 PM
the 6.5x55 and the 7mm-08 are both great cartridges. If you REALLY want a 6.5x55, wait. If you just want a tikka in time for deer season, get the 7mm-08.

280shooter
September 26, 2008, 12:18 AM
I would call all over the place to see if they have one that you want,you'll be kicking your own butt, if you settle for anything less then what you want.
I have one in 223, with the 1-8 twist,It wont shoot factory ammo.but after 400 rounds of reloads she shoot fine now.
I talked to others that have them,and they all said the same thing,1/2 in groups right out of the box,How can you beat that,,?

power167
September 26, 2008, 01:11 AM
I'm about to get a stainless Tikka T3 in seven-mag for my father. I've done a ton of reading, and the Tikka seems to be, bar-none, the best value on the market.

I'd love to get one in Swede for myself. But....even though I think the Tikka is a really great piece, I'd probably get the CZ 500 FS, just because I like the classic styling and superb open sights. If you're after open sights, why not give the CZ a look? It's widely regarded as having some of the finest open sights out there. Why mod a gun that was never designed for them?

rangerruck
September 26, 2008, 01:21 AM
if I were going to do a 6.5 in a hunting rifle, this is exactly the rifle I would do, a stainless synthetic, light, tikka. I have 2 cz's, and they are fantastic, but they will never be made light, or in stainless synth. Now if cz did make one, I would be all over that...

Greebe
April 15, 2009, 06:59 PM
I know this is an old post, but are the trigger guards on the blued Tikka T3 Hunters steel or plastic?

I am also interested in the T3 in 6.5x55 but saw that someone mentioned they they have a lot of plastic. Is this true? They don't look like it on the net but then again I have not had a chance to handle one in person.

Thanks
Greebe

Greebe
April 18, 2009, 11:55 PM
Anyone?

Snow Dog
April 19, 2009, 01:27 PM
The trigger guards are plastic, or more correctly, a glass fiber reinforced polymer composite. Don't worry - they are plenty strong and tough enough for pretty much anything you are likely to do to them by mistake.
http://www.tikka.fi/

Greebe
April 19, 2009, 05:14 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I just have a anti-plastic sentiment. I prefer metal and wood.

Do you know if there is a metal replacement?

Thanks
Greebe

browningguy
April 19, 2009, 06:51 PM
Very nice guns and an excellent cartridge.

Snow Dog
April 20, 2009, 12:01 AM
Greebe - I'm not aware of any metal replacements available as of now. That may change in the future - who knows! I like metal and wood as well but I haven't found such a critter in a 6 1/2 lbs package that shoots bug-sized groups. Meanwhile, try to get past your sentiments and get yourself a Tikka. See for yourself why T3 owners speak highly of them. Here's a 5 shot group my buddy shot with his Tikka Varmint in 6.5x55 - stock rifle with careful handloads:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/robs42mb/GroupP.jpg

Greebe
April 20, 2009, 10:05 PM
Nice!

I think you are right. I think I will look for a Tikka T3 Hunter in 6.5 Swede. If the plastic trigger guard really bothers me that much, I can cast one out of aluminum then use Gun Kote on it. Problem solved.

Now the question is, where would be a good place to get one?

Thanks
Greebe

viking499
April 20, 2009, 10:19 PM
Gunbroker usually has a few listed. Buds also has some listed from time to time.

Snow Dog - NICE SHOOTING:what:

Eightball
April 21, 2009, 12:33 AM
I would call all over the place to see if they have one that you want,you'll be kicking your own butt, if you settle for anything less then what you want.Agreed.

Atticum
April 21, 2009, 09:56 AM
walmart sells Tikkas; i'm 100% sure they sell the lite, and i believe they sell others too. go to the gun desk, ask for the rifle catalogue. find the tikka, ask them to do a price check. they enter in the # on their scanner and it comes back with the price even if they dont have one in stock. then you can order it there.

Beagle-zebub
April 21, 2009, 10:13 AM
Do they sell a 6.5x55 Varmint version of the Tikka T3 in America?

Snow Dog
April 21, 2009, 12:21 PM
Viking - not my target, it was shot by a friend. I have the same rifle but my targets are not nearly as impressive. :o

Beagle - I don't beleive Beretta is bringing in the Varmint in 6.5 Swede to the US. My favourite dealer here in Canada has a few of the Super Varmints available in that caliber if you really want one and don't mind importing it yourself. http://www.ellwoodepps.com/new_firearms_tikka.asp

Beagle-zebub
April 21, 2009, 01:02 PM
Eh, that'd be more trouble than it's worth. I'd just as soon rebarrel a Savage to that round. (Can Savage short actions, which are known to be longer than normal, accommodate 6.5x55 140gr. rounds?)

schwedenmauser
August 12, 2009, 11:13 AM
I own 3 Tikka T3 Hunter rifles: 1 in 6,5x55 Swed, 1 in 8x57IS and 1 in 300WinMag: All really good and accurate rifles! Best rifles for the money.

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