Thinking about a new rifle.

baddave

Senior Member
i've been using tikka t3 for the last 2 seasons and am falling in love w/ it the more i carry it - .260 rem. only thing i have to get used to is bolt will not function w/ safety on . i used a 3 position. safety w/ win. fw for so many years it just kind of hmmm.the bolt is so smooth it can be aggravating .. tilt the gun 1 degree and it slides.. all in all though it shoots and kills .. sweetness extremeness. climbing trees and walking a long ways i love the light weight.. also it's SO slick, wood and steel . i put some sandpaper tape in some strategic spots cause i was scared i was going to drop it from the tree., it's hard changing guns after about 30 or 40 yrs but i'm gettin it:cheers:
here's that tape i was braggin' bout--helps me tremendously
 

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here's that tape i was braggin' bout--helps me tremendously

Oh yeah. That looks like it would work really well.

I wish I'd have bought the wood stocked version T3, but at the time the synthetic model I bought was on a crazy sale that I couldn't walk away from.
 

Balrog

Senior Member
Tikka's are good rifles, but I think they are all long actions, even if you are shooting a short action round like 308. Something irks me about using a long action rifle for a short action cartridge.
 
Tikka's are good rifles, but I think they are all long actions, even if you are shooting a short action round like 308. Something irks me about using a long action rifle for a short action cartridge.
This doesn't seem to bother a lot of people, but I'm in agreement with you on short action calibers, built on long action platforms. It sorta irks me.

Speaking on the Tikka though, I think it's a great rifle. I've been wanting one myself. That being said, I really don't want a short action caliber, then I already have rifles, in most standard long action calibers. A couple of the magnums interest me, but being a lite rifle, the felt recoil is probably pretty stiff.

I think if a bought a Tikka, I'd want one in the 6.5x55. That caliber interest me, it's old school and still a great all around choice.
 

Jester896

Senior Member
Tikka's are good rifles, but I think they are all long actions, even if you are shooting a short action round like 308. Something irks me about using a long action rifle for a short action cartridge.
it is good for hand loading...or customs... but maybe not so good for only using factory ammo....sometimes it is nice to be able to load out without running out of mag box.

Is it the Remmy M24 that is built on the same lines as this.
 
it is good for hand loading...or customs... but maybe not so good for only using factory ammo....sometimes it is nice to be able to load out without running out of mag box.

Is it the Remmy M24 that is built on the same lines as this.

You did come up with one advantage I didn't think of, but it's sorta cancelled out by a few disadvantages, of being built on long action.

The Remington M24 was built that way, for the military, but the concept was to be able convert the rifle to a .300 Winchester Magnum.

In the case of the Tikka, it's basically a manufacturing short cut, to only have to make one action length receiver. Other manufactures are doing the same thing, and many other short cuts as well. It's all about cutting cost. Tikka has improved on a few other areas over the years, and are superior to low cost offerings by other manufactures, but this is one I think they still do.
 

Jester896

Senior Member
yep swap a bolt and a barrel for .308-.300 Win Mag.
I have in L/A with a short case, .260WSM, I haven't run it enough to like or dislike it. That was the only advantage as far as I was concerned was loading out.

I also see the tooling and costs benefit in manufacturing...not sure I would like it on every rifle I owned :)
 
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