remington 700 sps vs tikka t3 or ruger 77?


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Muzzlelover
November 9, 2012, 03:31 PM
I HAVE HAD IT WITH MY 270 it keeps on not wanting to feed,so I'm going to trade it on a 308 but I can't decide on which rifle,I want it to be reliable and accurate.which would you choose?thanks.

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jmr40
November 9, 2012, 04:15 PM
Which brand is giving you trouble?

In my experience Winchester is building the best USA made rifle right now. I like either the Extreme Weather in stainless or the Featherweight if you want blue/walnut. Winchester is the best combination of both reliable and accurate.

Of the 3 you are considering I think the Ruger is the most dependable and rugged. The Remington or Tikka will likely be very slightly more accurate. Just depends on which is more important to you.

sansone
November 9, 2012, 04:25 PM
of the 3 you mentioned, tikka, but not by a big margin :p

Revoliver
November 9, 2012, 04:33 PM
I was in a similar situation a week and a half ago and decided to go with the Ruger M77 Hawkeye Tactical in .308. The reasoning was that I like Ruger's bolt more, it has a 1:10 twist rate and it also has two studs up front.

I will be picking it up today from my FFL dealer.

C-grunt
November 9, 2012, 04:34 PM
Whats the purpose of the rifle? For target shooting the Remington is the better one because of the huge aftermarket for them.

If they are hunting rifles I would personally go Ruger>Tikka>Remington. Mostly in that order because the SPS Remington's come in horrible stocks.

45crittergitter
December 1, 2012, 04:28 PM
Tikka.

crews1516
December 1, 2012, 09:18 PM
Tikka could not be happier with mine.

viking499
December 1, 2012, 10:10 PM
I am also on the Tikka boat.

NWcityguy2
December 1, 2012, 10:33 PM
I was helping a co-worker shop for a 308 and had a chance to handle a 700 ADL, which isn't that different than the SPS. I thought it was very rough around the edges rifle for $380, let alone what an SPS costs. They wouldn't let me dry fire it so I can't comment on the trigger. I'm sure a deer or a target won't care what the gun feels/looks like but compared to other guns it didn't impress. It's not like it is that hard to find sub-moa guns there days anyway. My co-workers Savage is, and my Howa is pretty close too.

Of the three, I thought the Tikka was a sweet little rifle.

Kachok
December 1, 2012, 10:42 PM
I have owned more rifles then I care to count from nearly every major manufacturer, and my Tikka T3 Stainless (6.5x55) is without a doubt the best I have ever owned. Feather weight (6 1/4lbs) smootest action in the buisness (by far) the perfect crisp creepless trigger (set to 2lbs) and just plain DEADLY accurate with dang near every load I shoot through it! I love mine, the only rifle I own that gives it a run for it's money is my Winchester 70 Featherweight only because it feels better in my hands, that is mainly because I love checkered Walnut stocks and Mauser style actions :)

loose noose
December 1, 2012, 11:04 PM
Whoa there muzzlelover, what exactly do ya mean by the 700 failing to feed? I've got a 700 BDL Custom Deluxe, in the .270 and I've taken more deer with it than I can count, both Whitetail and Muleys, not to mention a few elk. Never had I had a problem with it feeding and it mostly shot reloaded ammo. Please explain.:confused:

Kachok
December 1, 2012, 11:07 PM
Whoa there muzzlelover, what exactly do ya mean by the 700 failing to feed? I've got a 700 BDL Custom Deluxe, in the .270 and I've taken more deer with it than I can count, both Whitetail and Muleys, not to mention a few elk. Never had I had a problem with it feeding and it mostly shot reloaded ammo. Please explain.:confused:
New Remingtons (post Apr 07 when they sold their soul to the devil) are sub par, my co-worker is having the exact same issue with his 700 SPS.

rbernie
December 1, 2012, 11:12 PM
Of the three, the Tikka is by far the highest quality - most consistently accurate, best fit, etc.

NWcityguy2
December 1, 2012, 11:16 PM
Whoa there muzzlelover, what exactly do ya mean by the 700 failing to feed?

I didn't see him say that his 270 was a Remington.

sleepyone
December 2, 2012, 02:53 AM
I had a .308 Tikka in stainless and composite. Great rifle. Action is glass smooth. Extremely accurate. Had a Ruger 77 in .270 and .243. Both shot well. Rugers are tough as nails, but IMHO the wood is a step up from a broomstick. Nothing like the wood on the Ruger .270 I had about 12 years ago. Wish I still had it.

That being said, I sold them all and went to the new FN Winchesters and have not regretted it one bit.

loose noose
December 2, 2012, 11:25 AM
NWcityguy2, note the title of the thread "Remington vs. Tikka":D

loose noose
December 2, 2012, 11:29 AM
NWcityguy2, note the title of the thread "Remington vs. Tikka":D Also I was unaware that Remington sold out, really sorry to hear that, I know they used to sell there bolt action rifles to the USMC for sniper rifles during Vietnam.:(

Water-Man
December 2, 2012, 11:33 AM
Tikka T3 Lite or Hunter.

KDS
December 2, 2012, 11:33 AM
I bought the Tikka and couldn't be happier. Smoothest action I have ever felt for the price.

PedalBiker
December 2, 2012, 11:41 AM
I've really tried to like the Tikka given how people love them. I've fondled them in the store often enough.

I really like the Rugers except that they tend to be less accurate. Fortunately I'm not a top notch shooter and my Ruger is good enough for me (~1.5" with most hunting power loads). I like the Ruger safety (Winchester is better) and the Mauster style action (Winchesters are better).

I have an older Remington I inherited and I really like it. It's accurate and reliable. It's a BDL. The new ones in the store do not show nearly such nice fit and finish although the CDL are close.

I'd recommend the Ruger or the Tikka. The Ruger will be durable and easier to repair (although Ruger hoards spare parts). The Tikka will most likely be lighter and more accurate.

Kachok
December 2, 2012, 12:05 PM
IMHO the Ruger is less refined and less accurate then it's Tikka/Winchester rivals but they are not without merit, the Ruger 77s I have handled are built like a tank! Everything feels heavy and solid, I am sure they will last until the fire falls which is a good enough reason to own one. 1/2 moa shooting rifles are fun and all but often not needed for real world hunting where the shooter is the real limiting factor not the rifle.
I would take a Ruger 77 over a new Rem 700 without a seconds thought.

Muzzlelover
December 2, 2012, 03:08 PM
oops!sorry about the confusion my 270 is a savage 116.

panhead58ak
December 2, 2012, 03:39 PM
why not fix what you have? most new guns made today need a little tlc,I like making a gun my gun personlizing it and making it right then its mine ,the ones you make right are the go to guns you keep.

longdayjake
December 2, 2012, 03:57 PM
I am a huge ruger fan. I own three m77s and one of them is the newer hawkeye. I will say the original m77mkII rifles had a crappy trigger but they are the easiest trigger to work on. I now have two rifles that have the best triggers I have ever used. If you can't afford the newer winchester then go with the rugers. Especially if you want to solve feeding issues. Control feed bolts are awesome.

allaroundhunter
December 2, 2012, 04:01 PM
Whats the purpose of the rifle? For target shooting the Remington is the better one because of the huge aftermarket for them.

If they are hunting rifles I would personally go Ruger = Tikka > Remington. Mostly in that order because the SPS Remington's come in horrible stocks.

I agree with this for the most part. The section that I have written in red indicate that they are equals to me and either would serve you equally well for hunting purposes.

joed
December 2, 2012, 04:32 PM
oops!sorry about the confusion my 270 is a savage 116.
How did I know it was a Savage? I owned 2 Savage rifles about 7 years ago. One was a 10fp in .223 and the other was a 12VSS in .22-250.

The model 10fp which is supposed to be an LE rifle would misfeed about 30% of the time. Very accurate rifle and I kept it for 5 years trying everything to get it to feed correctly. Finally gave up and sold it. I hear from a lot of others with the .223 that don't feed either.

The 12VSS was a beautiful stainless rifle with Choate stock and fluted barrel. Never had a problem feeding, but wasn't accurate at all. On range trips the impact would look the right side of a letter V. Tried fooling with the bedding but no luck. A gunsmith told me that he suspected the fluted barrel was not done correctly. That rifle was gone after 5 months. For what it cost me I expected much better.

I now stay with Remington or Winchester. Only problems with Remington is the cheap stocks and horrible triggers. Change these 2 items and I can almost guarantee the rifle will shoot.

Or buy a Winchester and you're done, they don't need anything.

squarepants33889
December 2, 2012, 09:38 PM
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About a year ago, I bought my first Tikka T3. I bought it in .204 ruger. I have never regretted it since. On this very rifle, I shot my very first 1/2 inch group. Go to your local gun store and try cycling each of your choices. If your anything like me, your decision will be an easy one!

squarepants33889
December 2, 2012, 11:53 PM
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w489/squarepants33889/IMG_0065.jpg

About a year ago, I bought my first Tikka T3. I bought it in .204 ruger. I have never regretted it since. On this very rifle, I shot my very first 1/2 inch group. Go to your local gun store and try cycling each of your choices. If your anything like me, your decision will be an easy one!

squarepants33889
December 3, 2012, 12:36 AM
Whoops! Double Tap

45crittergitter
December 19, 2012, 06:09 PM
I have more Remingtons than Tikkas, but I generally don't go around recommending the Remingtons... :scrutiny:

Kachok
December 20, 2012, 01:20 AM
I have more Savages then anything, and I really do love them, but my Tikka is easily the best rifle I own, and that is a large pack to lead because I have owned more rifles then I care to count. I have had plenty of rifles that shoot tight, but only one that shoots tight with EVERYTHING I put through it.

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