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Rem 700 Mtn or Tikka T3 Hunter

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BOOM, Feb 17, 2006.

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  1. BOOM

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    These two have fairly close matched specs. Rem has a 4 shot clip and T3 only 3. Rem has a slight weight advantage. I've heard of poor groups from the thin barrel of the Rem. I like the walnut stocks and magazine clips over floorplates which both have.

    I'm set on 7mm-08 cal. Of these two , which do you like and why?
     
  2. dakotasin

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    remington.
    the amount of plastic on the tikka drives me up a wall.

    no accuracy troubles w/ the rem mountain rifle - least not for me.
     
  3. skers69

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    Just picked up a 700 mountian rifle a few weeks back. I love the way that gun gets into a shooting position so easy. It just has a feel to it. I have not had any problems with accuracy. It is a 30-06. I have not had a second thought on that purchase.

    just my .02
     
  4. redneck2

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    the Tikka is probably a fine rifle. Never used or shot one

    From a guy that shoots and uses guns a lot

    I've got 3 700's, a 22-250, a .223, and a 7mm mag. All are great shooters. I wish you were closer and could shoot my .223. It's a sporter weight, basic model. It's exceptionally accurate.

    I'm getting REAL tired of foreign stuff. I'm going to try to stick with "Made in America" as much as I can. Why should the workers at Remington buy your company's stuff if you buy foreign guns?
     
  5. kennyboy

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    Remingtons are great. However, on a thread that I started on the smoothest bolt on a bolt action rifle, Tikka had more support than all the other rifles combined. I have never shot or handled a Tikka myself, although I have fired some 700s.
     
  6. dakotasin

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    i have remingtons, sakos, tikkas, winchesters, savages, and mausers in my gun safes. i saw the thread about the smoothest bolt, but stayed out of it because 1- i don't care, 2- bolt 'smoothness' is subjective mostly, and difficult to quantify.

    however... i would say this, about bolt smoothness: savages suck. period. everything else is fine, and would rank remington and sako at the top, battle-era mausers second, tikkas third, winchesters fourth... but... i don't see a connection between smooth bolt operation and rifle quality. if there was a connection there, this whole board would be up in arms, because savage bolts are anything but smooth, and in every 'what rifle do i buy' thread, savage is reccomended 2:1...
     
  7. Schleprok62

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    I've always like the Remington 700 DM, I've wanted a Mountain Rifle for years... never got one though... maybe this year...

    to add to your post:

    And rarely do I see mention of Browning on those threads... and they make some very nice rifles...:cool:
     
  8. rust collector

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    I got a lot of good service out of my old M700 ADL in 6mm Rem, and I have admired the lines and ergonomics of the mountain rifle. My primary cervidae swatter is a Tikka T3 lite stainless in 308, however, because it is accurate, smooth, light and user friendly.

    I do love the look of a nice walnut stock, and I don't see how either of these choices would disappoint you. Both have what it takes to give a lifetime of great service, and the 7mm08 is as good as it gets ('cept the 6.5 x55, of course).
     
  9. Lobotomy Boy

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    I have a Tikka T3 Lite. I own a lot of guns of all different types and brands, but the Tikka is by far the finest firearm I have ever shot. I get 1MOA at 200 yards time after time, and get 2MOA at 300 yards. This year I shot three deer on the first day of the season. I shot two of them almost simultaneously. I dropped a doe with one shot, saw the buck, fired. He leapt up, I fired again, and he went down. The first shot severed his heart clean off right at the aorta, and he was jumping on pure reflex. The second shot went right through his lungs about an inch in front of the heart. Other than four holes through the rib cage the meat was untouched, and we don't keep the ribs anyway.

    All that took place in less than 30 seconds. The smooth bolt action and precise trigger made it easy. I figure if I can do that kind of damage with three rounds in less than 30 seconds, I really don't need a fourth in the magazine.
     
  10. hoghunting

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    I too tried to buy American, but sometimes it doesn't always work out. Bought a new Remington 700 BDL and the chamber had a burr so bad that a shell would not fully chamber. Dealer sent it back to the factory and when it returned, it was taken to the range where I discovered the the firing pin hole was too large as the primers were flowing into the hole - Remington ammo was used. Back to the dealer for another trip to the factory. After a 7 week wait and the factory still could not tell us its status, my dealer let me apply the value of the 700 BDL towards a Tikka T3 in 300 WSM.

    The Tikka is the most accurate rifle I have ever owned and it has the best trigger of any of the other rifles I tested. It has an excellent feel and balance to carry while hunting.

    Would pick the Tikka over the Remington.
     
  11. Lobotomy Boy

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    Both my grandfathers were the first members of their family born in the U.S. after their parents emigrated from Scandanavia, so to me buying Tikka is pretty close to buying local.
     
  12. BevrFevr

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    shot nice examples of both

    Tikka is what I own and recommend. There is only one parameter I can think of where a remmy will beat out the tikka. That is the availability of accesories.

    You have to put up with all the "Tikka, what's that?" From all the remmy and winny guys. The best answer is "A tikka is what your rifle wants to be when it grows up."

    Really, for me there is no comparison, other than yes they are both fine bolt actions.

    You can't really go wrong with either but Tikka is the better product

    -bevr
     
  13. BOOM

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    I've hunted with a Ruger '06 for many years with good success. I've just lately found myself wanting a change. I have to say I'm very surprised by all the positive feedback on Tikka, a brand I've only recently heard of. I've not been in the market for a new deer rifle for about 20 years.

    How long have the Tikka rifles been around?
     
  14. Sir Aardvark

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    You'll find that Remington 700's are very well supported by the aftermarket - so... if you're planning on tweaking your rifle any, then you might want to go the Remington route.
     
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    Sir Aardvark makes a good point

    I would counter with, If you are looking for a rifle that does not need much tweeking, buy a tikka.

    But as you asked about a mountain rifle, I'm assuming you are not into tacticool accesories and you are into weight reduction, accuracy, save your life dependability. For that hands down, a Tikka!

    One struggles for analogies. Hmmm cars, sports, nationalities....Ahhhh yes Women

    Tikka = Girls Gone Wild
    Remington = Soccer Moms with 3 kids and few too many drinks.

    Both will get the job done but with all the facts exposed the decision is easy.
     
  16. BOOM

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    Now THAT'S funny! :D
     
  17. Legionnaire

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    Remington ... but not the Mountain rifle. Take a look at the Model Seven. I think it's the perfect short-action hunting platform for the .243, 7mm-08, and the .308. Not as many aftermarket gadgets for the Seven as the 700, but enough. H.S. Precision makes a really nice stock for the Model Seven.
     
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    All the T3 Hunters I have seen and handled had a detachable magazine. The only bad thing was the fact that it was plastic. Still, if I had to choose a sporter rifle to leave totally stock I would probably get the Tikka.

    I still like the heavy barrel 700s and have owned 4.
     
  19. Lobotomy Boy

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    So far I am unaware of a single problem with the plastic magazine. I have not had a problem, the people I hunt with who own Tikkas have not had a problem, and I have not read about a single problem with the plastic magazines on the Internet. The only problem seems to be that some people don't like the idea of a plastic magazine. But they probably don't like plastic guns, either, and my Glocks have been the most rugged, reliable, dependable guns I have ever owned.
     
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    Never said there was a problem as far as function. The reason Tikka/Sako uses the plastic is simply because it is cheap to do so. My Sako Finnfire also had a plastic magazine - it was so light that it barely fell out of the rifle when empty. The trigger guard unit was also plastic. The price of an extra plastic magazine was far more expensive than any all metal magazine of any other gun I ever owned.

    My CZ 452 utilizes a metal magazine and metal trigger guard and the rifle shoots almost as good as the Sako did for about 1/4 the price.

    Plastic is great for toys but I like metal for my real guns when ever possible. Still , like I mentioned above, I would probably choose the Tikka.
     
  21. Lobotomy Boy

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    You've got that right. When I bought my T3 extra magazines were around $70. Since then they've dropped, but they are still nearly $50, which is ridiculous.

    Even so, I still love the gun. It is my favorite, though the A3 flattop I just brought home might change that opinion...
     
  22. BOOM

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    I haven't been particularly fond of the way the model 7 felt when I held it. However, I just found that Remington has a new offering called the Model Seven CDL! The CDL stock may have a better feel to it, so I think I'll have to check one of these out before I make my final buying decision!
     
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    Tikka

    I have more than one T-3 Lite, and more than one Model 700 (not Mountain). I prefer the Tikka. It's lighter, smoother, more accurate, cheaper, better (and adjustable) trigger, and it doesn't have misaligned factory scope mounting holes. The only advantages I see with the Remington are cheaper mags, previously mentioned, and the fact that you can work the bolt with the safety on (not a negligible feature IMHO).
     
  24. IV Troop

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    I own Rem, Win, Bro, Sav, Misc custom jobs , and Tikka. I very much prefer the Tikka.
     
  25. wanderinwalker

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    Being a satisfied Remington shooter, I'll vote Mountain Rifle. Actually, I did shortly after I turned 18. Haven't regretted the choice of rifle, caliber or scope in the past 4 years. Mine is a .260 Remington, topped by a simple, "cheap" Leupold VX-I scope (an older one, similar to what is now the Rifleman line). It's been accurate, reliable and pleasant to carry. The lack of killing is not the rifle's fault! :rolleyes:

    This rifle will shoot MOA or a little better with loads it likes. Though mine has a 1-9" twist it seems to prefer the 140gr bullets. Factory Core-lokts will shoot 1/2" for 3 round at 100. Somewhere I have a target with 3 rounds in 3/4" from 100 yards, shot sitting tossing 125gr Nosler Partition handloads.

    (Of course, there are some people at my club who are convinced I can beat them with anything most days, but I still like to give the rifles credit. ;) )
     
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