New Rifle Poll


September 1, 2009, 09:57 AM
Before anyone says this, I have shouldered these three and don't have a clear favorite. Savage Weather Warrior with Accustock, Tikka T3 stainless, and Weatherby's vanguard stainless. I want stainless to assist with upkeep as this will be an all weather do everything rifle; pronghorn, muley, elk, etc.
I like the 24 inch barrel of the weatherby. Tikka offers the 1 MOA guarantee, Savage is the most expensive of the three but has the accutrigger and stock.

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September 1, 2009, 10:03 AM
Just bought a weather warrior with accustock, accutrigger. Nice weapon all around.

September 1, 2009, 10:06 AM
The vanguard has a guarantee of a 1.5'' 3 shot group.

September 1, 2009, 10:06 AM
What caliber?

September 1, 2009, 10:11 AM
Most likely 30-06 or 7mm. I have shot both, like both, both do all I need, for now.

September 1, 2009, 11:09 AM
I just purchased a Savage Model 16 Weather Warrior in 308 win. Accutrigger/Accustock equipped. I love it to say the least. As we speak I'm packing up to head to the range for some more shooting with it. Right now I'll be putting Winchester Super X 150gr. thru it, just to get everything tuned up. At some point today I'll be doing an accuracy check with these $22/box rounds just to see what it'll do. I'll update when I get home later and give you a better report.

September 1, 2009, 11:23 AM
The vanguard has a guarantee of a 1.5'' 3 shot group.

I've owned two Savage WWers --- WITHOUT the Accutrigger both would do 3/4-1" for a 5 shot group at 100 yards from the bench !!!

Uncle Mike
September 1, 2009, 11:47 AM
Have and have used them all that you list...
If I had to grab one going out the door opening mourning it would definitely be the Savage Weather Warrior... in 30-06.

As said, I have not seen a Savage produce groups larger than 1"@100y...without there being a significant problem somewhere...99% of them are shooting in the .7's or less with even mediocre factory loaded ammunition...right out of the box! No messin', no fussin'! Just load and go!

I cannot say enough concerning the Accustock and Accutrigger, although there are better built, not operating, aftermarket triggers out there.

The Tikka is a good enough rifle but takes a backseat to the Savages... at least in our shop.
As for the Weatherby Vanguard, well....IMHO, I wouldn't!

September 1, 2009, 12:27 PM
I am a Weatherby fan. I love the 2 I own, and for the price, you can put better glass on them. About the 1.5" guarantee, my .243 shot a 3 shot .310"@100 on the factory target and I have been able to shoot just about as close with my reloads. I am fairly new to shooting and this rifle shoots better than I do. Just my 2 cents worth!

September 1, 2009, 01:43 PM
So far, Savage and Tikka in a dead heat. Tikka being about $150 less has the advantage.

September 1, 2009, 02:21 PM
I've owned two Savage WWers --- WITHOUT the Accutrigger both would do 3/4-1" for a 5 shot group at 100 yards from the bench !!!
That is their guarantee on the standard models 1-1/2" or better, most shoot more like 1". The SubMOA's are guaranteed at .99" or better. I have a standard Vangurd 300WBY mag that will stack 'em in the same hole @ 100yds. I have a stainlees Vanguard SubMOA in .257WBY mag on order. I'll let you know how that one does when I get it in.

OK, to the point, my vote is for Weatherby. I'm just not a Savage fan (I do own one). As far as Tikka, don't buy off Sako's value line up. If you want a Finnish bang stick, be patient, save your cash and buy the real deal.

Just a few brain droppings.....

September 1, 2009, 02:28 PM
Tikka is made by Sako, I have one in a 300wsm. It will put 3 rounds inside a penny at 100 yards using Winchester Power Points. You can also ajust the trigger.

September 1, 2009, 04:20 PM
This is a bump before I leave work.
So far with this post and the one on TFL it is:
Savage - 14
Weatherby - 18
Tikka - 21

September 1, 2009, 08:00 PM
I looked at a lot of stainless/synthetic rifles recently. I don't know what your price range is exactly, but I liked the new Model 70 Extreme Weather a lot. I did look at the Savage WW, and the Tikka T3. The Savage WW was nice. Did not care for or see the appeal of the Tikka (other than price). I don't know about the other experiences, because obviously others like them, but to me the Tikka feels like a cheap gun and does not have a smooth bolt throw. It reminds me of a Remington 770! I looked at the Sako Finnlight and Grey Wolf as well (much more expensive), and would have to agree with BMF500 - don't buy the Tikka, save for the Sako. The Remington XCR was nice and had a 24" barrel in 30-06. Brownings are nice and have a reputation for accuracy, at least the A-bolts do. I did not handle the Weatherby, so I don't have an opinion on that one. Of the ones you listed, I'd probably pick the Savage or maybe the Weatherby, definitely not the Tikka though.

September 1, 2009, 08:41 PM
Savage all the way!!! I just bought a new Weather Warrior in 300 win mag w/accustock and accutrigger and it's an awesome gun. Very very accurate IMO it's worth the extra cash.

Tim the student
September 1, 2009, 10:23 PM
I have a Savage, and I love it. It's a rare day that anyone has anything bad to say about Savage. Then again, you normally hear only good things about those other rifles too.

rust collector
September 1, 2009, 10:35 PM
I voted for with my hard-earned cash for the T3 lite stainless 5 years ago in 308, and have never regretted my decision. All of the guns mentioned are competent. It's just a matter of which has the best execution of the features you value most.

I went for accuracy, slick operation and a good trigger.

September 1, 2009, 11:15 PM
Personally I like the Ruger MK II series in all weather coating. I have 2 so far.

September 1, 2009, 11:39 PM
I think any of the three will make a great rifle. I like the accutrigger but the others aren't bad either. I'm sure they all three will shoot well. I haven't heard of any Savage not shooting well, then again I haven't heard of a vanguard or tikka not shooting well either. Pick what you like the most.

Uncle Mike
September 1, 2009, 11:56 PM
but to me the Tikka feels like a cheap gun

That's because they ARE a cheaply manufactured firearm...

I'm NOT saying they are a junk, bad, crappy or any other derogatory statement, but if you ever pull a Tikka completely apart, I mean barrel out of the receiver, the whole works and compare them to a Remington, Savage or Weatherby(U.S. manufactured) you would be suprised!

Lots o' shortcuts to building these rifles...

They do however shoot well, and for some, they even have an aesthetic appeal.

September 2, 2009, 12:27 AM

September 2, 2009, 02:16 AM
I voted Weatherby. I have a Savage .17HMR that'll shoot the wings off a fly, that accutrigger is simply awesome. However, I did just pick up a new .270 Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe on a sweet sale. Weatherby puts targets from the factory in with each of their rifles (although I believe they are discontinuing this practice with Vanguards as of last month) and guarantee 1.5 MOA. They also have a sub-moa rifle. The one I got wasn't the sub-moa model, but the factory target was.... about a 3/4 inch group. So if they have more than one of those Weatherby's in stock, see if they'll let you take a look at some of those factory targets and pick the better one.

September 3, 2009, 07:59 PM
I would have to say the tikka. The best out of the box gun I have ever owned and I have owned many. I will be buying more tikka's in the future.

September 4, 2009, 01:58 AM
Another vote Savage! Love those rifles...

September 4, 2009, 06:33 AM
I voted for Tikka T3 Lite. I recently put one to my shoulder (at a gun shop) and I was amazed at how good it felt. If I was going to purchase a bolt rifle I would go with the Tikka.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
September 4, 2009, 01:03 PM
If the Weather Warrior you mention has that new Accu-stock, then I'd go with that; otherwise, the Tikka.

September 4, 2009, 01:06 PM
Keep the money in the USA... buy the Savage... you won't be disappointed... ever...

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