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UcanRun
February 10, 2012, 02:36 AM
Bought a tikka t3 tonight. 7mm mag

Cant wait to get it to the range
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0476.jpg

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glock36
February 10, 2012, 02:47 AM
Very nice looking rifle you got there. Do keep us up to speed with a range report. Congratulations.

Good luck
God speed

Gtscotty
February 10, 2012, 07:05 AM
I believe that's a Tikka T3 lite Stainless, the hunter models all have wooden stocks. Regardless, that rifle in 7 mag, '06 or 300 mag should be the perfect "anything, anywhere" rifle. I love my blued Tikkas, but I've been thinking lately that they really need a stainless brother to keep them company, and pull hunting duty when the weather is not cooperating...

Great choice and welcome to the club!

Sav .250
February 10, 2012, 08:09 AM
Had a look at some of those at the local Ganger Mountain. Seemed to be well built. Nice trigger. Not bad at all. :)

shaggy430
February 10, 2012, 10:37 AM
Congrats! I have one in '06 and it is probably the perfect hunting rifle.

TexasPatriot.308
February 10, 2012, 12:46 PM
yeah, that looks like a T3 lite stainless, I lucked out in to one in 6.5 x 55 right about the time they quit exporting them to the U.S. in that caliber. cant tell you how many people want to talk me out of that rifle. I love it.

a-sheepdog
February 10, 2012, 12:47 PM
I have a Tikka T3 Hunter (wooden stock) in 7mag and it has been awesome. Outstanding shooter, very accurate. So far one of my best investments. I think that you will enjoy your rifle, a nice choice.

viking499
February 10, 2012, 01:47 PM
Good looking rifle UCan.

yeah, that looks like a T3 lite stainless, I lucked out in to one in 6.5 x 55 right about the time they quit exporting them to the U.S. in that caliber. cant tell you how many people want to talk me out of that rifle. I love it.

Me too. I love my 6.5x55 Tikka.

UcanRun
February 10, 2012, 02:04 PM
I also ditched the stock rings right away because of some problems i read on here and got a one peice base and rings. I got these on the suggestion from the shop i got the rifle from. Are they good or should i go with leupold style bases and rings?
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/824324/dnz-products-game-reaper-1-piece-scope-base-with-1-integral-rings-tikka-t3-matte-medium?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Optics+-+Scope+Rings%2c+Bases%2c+Mounting+%26+Accessories-_-PriceCompListing-_-824324

BridgeTooFar
February 10, 2012, 02:19 PM
I also ditched the stock rings right away because of some problems i read on here and got a one peice base and rings. I got these on the suggestion from the shop i got the rifle from. Are they good or should i go with leupold style bases and rings?
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/824324/dnz-products-game-reaper-1-piece-scope-base-with-1-integral-rings-tikka-t3-matte-medium?cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Optics+-+Scope+Rings%2c+Bases%2c+Mounting+%26+Accessories-_-PriceCompListing-_-824324

Have the exact same setup on mine. Couldn't be happier about the decision to go with the Game Reaper (matter of fact, I've bought several more of their rings/bases for other rifles as well). I have a 3-9x40 Zeiss scope on my T3, and it's been rock solid from day 1.

UcanRun
February 10, 2012, 02:28 PM
Im thinking im gonna go with a nikon prostaff or buckmaster 2.5-12x42

Water-Man
February 10, 2012, 02:43 PM
I've got the Hunter in 6.5x55. Hope you like yours as much as I do mine.

BridgeTooFar
February 10, 2012, 03:10 PM
Im thinking im gonna go with a nikon prostaff or buckmaster 2.5-12x42
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/149054/nikon-prostaff-rifle-scope-4-12x-40mm-mil-dot-reticle-matte?cm_vc=Q051 I have that scope on another rifle and I like it very much. For the price, it's hard to beat, IMHO.

UcanRun
February 11, 2012, 01:57 AM
Yea i currently have 3 prostaff scopes and love them all

6.5swede
February 11, 2012, 10:31 AM
The DNZ mounts are solid. Also, look at the Talley LW's which are an excellent option.

UcanRun
February 11, 2012, 02:31 PM
I threw on an old cheepo scope last night to see how it felt. I like the look
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0480.jpg

sig220mw
February 11, 2012, 04:32 PM
Does that model have a plastic/polymer trigger guard?

UcanRun
February 11, 2012, 07:42 PM
Yes

viking499
February 11, 2012, 09:18 PM
That looks good!

451 Detonics
February 11, 2012, 09:33 PM
congrats! My first Tikka was a double rifle in 9.3X74R, later added a set of 12 gauge barrels...

one of these days I might have to try a bolt from them...

UcanRun
February 12, 2012, 06:41 PM
Got my scope today. I got a nikon buckmaster is 4.5-14x40 with the nikoplex reticle and side focus. Ill be at the range wed and cant wait
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0481.jpg

viking499
February 13, 2012, 12:10 AM
Great scope to go on a great gun. Looking forward to a range report.

UcanRun
February 13, 2012, 09:40 PM
How much cleaning should i do or not do on this barrel before i start shootin?

viking499
February 13, 2012, 09:43 PM
I wiped mine clean a couple of times and went to town. Then gave it a good cleaning when finished.

Gtscotty
February 13, 2012, 10:16 PM
Dang it, this thread has given me the bug for a stainless Tikka.....If I bought one, my hunting rifle collection would be complete (momentarily...).

Owen Sparks
February 13, 2012, 11:13 PM
Expect the thin barrel to be accurate off the bench but let it cool between shots or groups will open up. This is not a concideration in hunting.

UcanRun
February 16, 2012, 01:02 AM
Got to the range tonight and have to say im very pleased with the rifle.
Here is my setup at the bench
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0484.jpg

Here is my first group after adjusting my scope
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0491.jpg

This was my best group. Just under an inch. About 3/4"
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0492.jpg

And a free hand group
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0490.jpg

And my last round of the night...it was a good one
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0488.jpg

viking499
February 16, 2012, 08:11 AM
That was a good way to end the night. Good shooting.

Grousefeather
February 16, 2012, 08:30 PM
Nice rifles, I love mine, T-3 lite, .308 blued, with 3x9 Burris in Burris Tactical mounts and Burris rings. I didn't care for the ring set up provided but it's drilled and tapped for other options. Best out of the box trigger also.

UcanRun
February 17, 2012, 09:33 AM
Yea i read alot of bad reviews on the stock rings so i never even gave them a chance.

So far i love the trigger. I was also looking at the weatherby vanguarg sII and went with the tikka because the trigger is so much better

Fullboar1
February 17, 2012, 10:46 AM
Love me Tikka T3's (I have 5 of them). Without a doubt the best value for money rifle on the market (those finns know how to build a rifle). I see you said you liked the trigger of the T3 over the Vanguard S11. We dont have the S11's in the country yet, so what is the trigger like on the S11? Also the triggers are really easy to adjust on the Tikka's. I have most of mine down to around 2 pounds for target and around 2.5-2.8 pounds for hunting.

viking499
February 17, 2012, 11:29 AM
Fullboar1, what 5 calibers do you have?

UcanRun
February 18, 2012, 01:30 PM
I would definatly buy another one. The only thing i dont like is the hollow stock. I know its the "lite" model and it saves a bunch of weight but i will be investing in one of the B&C stocks soon

UcanRun
February 25, 2012, 10:43 PM
I bought a box of 140gn barnes vortex the other day and put them to the test this morning. My rifle LOVED these rounds.
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0506.jpg

Grousefeather
February 25, 2012, 10:50 PM
I have a T-3 in blue, in .308, Burris 3x9 with Burris Tacticl mounts and Burris rings. I love it.

Craigman
February 26, 2012, 12:44 AM
I just picked up a NIB Tikka 300WSM Hunter for $450 from Gander Mtn. they are not usually know for a great deal but people around here think the WSM's are dying. Havent shot it yet, but I have high expectations. I think I'll ditch those factory rings too though.

lizziedog1
February 26, 2012, 11:08 AM
As some of you may know, I have a Tikka in 243 Winchester.

One time at the range I saw pieces of clay targets resting on the 200 yard berm. After sighting-in, I decided to shoot at them.

I was hitting them with boring regularity.

I was at Scheels recently. I saw a Tikka in 270 Short Mag. Very tempting!:)

Kachok
February 26, 2012, 01:49 PM
Dang alot of folks on here got the 6.5x55 like me. I think I got the very last one in the nation, because right after I got it in my friend wanted one too, and there were none anywhere. I lucked out it was on clearence and I got a T3 Stainless for $408 shipped! I have been a Savage man for a very long time now, but I fell in love with my Tikka, it simply does not get any better then that.....except for mabey it's Sako big brother :D

speedreed
February 26, 2012, 02:48 PM
Another Tikka T3 6.5x55 owner here. I never knew there were so many 6.5x55 fans. My other Tikka is an M39.

viking499
February 26, 2012, 04:29 PM
And another Tikka 6.5 owner. Sweet Bliss.

Kachok
February 26, 2012, 05:40 PM
While I have all you Sweed owners on hand, I would like to take a quick survay just to make sure I am not totaly crazy. How many of you use your 6.5x55 as your primary hunting rifle and what other rifles do you own? I have an uber high performance 270 short mag, and a 30-06, both Savages, great guns, but I find the 6.5x55 is just a joy to shoot and hunt with. Of course the super slick Tikka platform does not hurt either.

viking499
February 26, 2012, 10:08 PM
The T3 is my mane hunting rifle with my CZ 6.5 as backup. Both are awesome guns, the Tikka is just easier to pack around.

Lateck
February 27, 2012, 07:41 PM
Another Tikka lover here. My .30-06 is my most accurate rifle....


Lateck,

UcanRun
March 11, 2012, 11:48 PM
Got some bergers to try. 168 hunting vld
http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj14/chadcharb/IMAG0519.jpg

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