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Old 01-21-2009, 08:04 PM
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Tikka t3 vs remington 700


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I have been looking a lot at the Tikka T3. I am curious as to the real difference between the T3 Lite stainless and the T3 varmit stainless. From what i can see on tikkas website the varmit has a longer barrel?? Will I get more accuracy from the varmit over longer distances than the t3 lite. also would you go for the remington 700 sps stainless or varmit over one of these for the price. Which do like better for long distance target shhoting and hunting? I am looking at geting in a 308.

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Old 01-21-2009, 08:15 PM
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All things being equal, a longer barrel may give greater velocity in some hotter calibers (ie. 22-250, 7mm Remington magnum). A heavier barrel will take longer to heat up and to cool down. It will also keep the rifle more stable when taking the extra long shot. Then again, if you had to carry it there you may be puffing too much to notice.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:37 PM
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Long distance target shooting and hunting are pretty much two different disciplines and thus really need two different rifles.

It also depends on what your hunting. Calling coyotes, shooting PD's, deer hunting and even elk hunting have rifles and calibers that are good for those specific pursuits.

Target shooting also can be broken down into different disciplines depending on if your competing in sanctioned events or just at the range doing some plinking. Sanctioned events will have specific rules as to rifle weight, caliber and so on.

Bascially it's pretty hard to give you any recommendations unless we know what your really going to do with this specific rifle.

For instance I use a lightweight Remington 700 Mountain rifle in 280 Remington for deer hunting. A medium weight Reminton 700 8mm Remington Magnum for elk hunting. A Ruger #1B single shot in 243 for coyote calling when the wind is blowing and a CZ 527 Varmint in 204 Ruger for calling and shooting ground squirrels and rock chucks most of the time. That's four different rifles just for hunting and varmint shooting. As you can see giving specific advice really requires your specific uses.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:46 AM
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The Varmint Stainless also has an adjustable cheek piece, an overlay on the forend (you can see a closer pic if you click on the little "plus" sign), and a standard 5-6 mag. New mags cost ~$60-70. Definitely a few bells and whistles added for longer range, stationary, volume shooting.

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Old 01-22-2009, 06:49 PM
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Long distance target shooting and hunting are pretty much two different disciplines and thus really need two different rifles.

It also depends on what your hunting. Calling coyotes, shooting PD's, deer hunting and even elk hunting have rifles and calibers that are good for those specific pursuits.

Target shooting also can be broken down into different disciplines depending on if your competing in sanctioned events or just at the range doing some plinking. Sanctioned events will have specific rules as to rifle weight, caliber and so on.

Bascially it's pretty hard to give you any recommendations unless we know what your really going to do with this specific rifle.

For instance I use a lightweight Remington 700 Mountain rifle in 280 Remington for deer hunting. A medium weight Reminton 700 8mm Remington Magnum for elk hunting. A Ruger #1B single shot in 243 for coyote calling when the wind is blowing and a CZ 527 Varmint in 204 Ruger for calling and shooting ground squirrels and rock chucks most of the time. That's four different rifles just for hunting and varmint shooting. As you can see giving specific advice really requires your specific uses.
Thanks for the response. I am looking to use it for elk and deer hunting. I would like to use the same for fun at the range to dial in my accuracy. No comps or anything at this time. I am just curious between the ones I listed which would be a better choice for hunting foremost then target practice. Am i going to sacrifice accuracy for wieght or vise versa. I like all of the forementioned rifles. I have shot a rem.700 and loved it. I wont have a chnce to shoot the tikka. Thanks
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:12 PM
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There may be some Tikka Varmint shooters on here, I'm not sure. Most of us that have them use the Lite, or in my case, the Laminated Stainless. While the Rem 700 certainly has its fan-base (well earned), you won't find many people who have been anything less than pleased with their Tikkas. To give you some of the standard "pluses" of the Tikka: great, adjustable trigger, very smooth action, out-of-the-box accuracy that's hard to beat. To be fair, the minues (for some people) include: liberal use of Zytel (fiberglass), Beretta customer service, clips are $$.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 01-22-2009, 07:13 PM
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I have a Tikka T3 Lite 300 WSM and love it. I have not heard of any Tikka's that were not accurate. I would choose the Tikka over the Rem. 700 any day but that is just my $.02.

I will be buying another Tikka T3 Lite chambered in 270 WSM.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:04 PM
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I have the T3 lite SS in 270wsm. I sold a Remington to buy it. It shoots phenomenally. The trigger is perfect, breaks like glass and easily adjustable. The varmint I believe has a heavier barrel and slightly different stock. I didn't notice if you are hunting or strictly target shooting. You can't go wrong with the T3 lite.
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Personally, I think the Tikka T3 lite is a whole lotta' gun for the money. Nothing wrong with the 700 sps, but I feel the Tikka is just a better all around rifle. I have sold a ton of T3's the last few years, and I never heard a complaint from any customers who bought one. They are extremely lightweight, but many owners tell me that the recoil is much lighter than what one would expect. I am a CZ man, but if I wasn't, I would be shooting Tikka's instead.

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Old 01-23-2009, 04:15 AM
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I own a few rifles, rem, wby, ruger,ect. 2 years ago, I purchased my 1st tikka t-3 and it will out shoot anything I have ever owned. These guns are the most accurate rifles from the box, and probably will out shoot many customs rifles also. Most tikka owners will agree to this. good huning!
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:35 PM
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I would get the Tikka. For a carry rifle, I really like the stainless laminate and they don't give up much in accuracy to the heavy barrel varmint. I like Remington rifles just fine but I don't care for the Hogue stocks they use on the SP series, just personal choice. The Tikka lite has the synthetic stock like the varmint but does not have the cheek piece and forearm stiffener. The cheek piece is not adjustable BTW, not on mine anyway.
Here is a Stainless laminate and stainless varmint both in .308. Hard to tell from the pic but the varmint barrel is about 1 inch longer.

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Old 01-25-2009, 07:11 PM
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Nice to see another Laminated Stainless out there. Weird that your cheek-piece isn't adjustable.

But, if you look at the pic of the Varmint vs. the Super Varmint, you can see that the Super seems to have an adjustment knob on the stock that is missing from the normal Varmint.

http://tikka.fi/pop.php?model=varmint&number=1


http://tikka.fi/pop.php?model=supervarmint&number=1


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Old 01-25-2009, 10:21 PM
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That is correct. Only the super varmint has the adjustable cheek piece. I too own both Remington and Tikka. I like them both but if I was going to buy one of the two tomorrow it would be another Tikka. They have a better trigger, smoother action and are just as, if not more accurate, than the Remingtons.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:10 PM
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Here is a pic on my Tikka T3 Varminter in 22/250. Click on thumbnail to inlarge image
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:17 PM
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And from a different angle
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:28 PM
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What scope rings are you using? I've used the Tikka supplied rings on all of mine. No complaints with them other than height, they are kinda low. Nice lookin rig by the way.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:52 PM
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I use the 1 piece talleys on my tikka's. nothing to move/come loose. you can see them on the talley web-site.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:39 PM
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I wasn't needing any but I agree, Talley makes good mounts. Was really just wondering if his came with scope rings, noticed he was in Ireland. Seems like somebody posted as to not getting the factory supplied units. Appreciate the info though.
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Old 08-30-2009, 09:45 AM
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Sorry i havent been around for quite a while. The scope rings are leupold medium (.770) 49901, matte
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:44 AM
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Thumbs up Tikka Vs Remington

This is like asking which is better ? Chev or Ford?
The tikka has all the goods as listed before . The trigger is great ,they are smooth to operate shoot good Etc Etc.
But if you shooting a heavy cal the lite model does get you in the shoulder . To fix this just add a limb saver pad when you buy your rifle .
The clip works great with no issues
Most people use aftermarket scope bases and rings

The remington 700 might weigh a bit more if your into wood hense reciol would not factor in as much . The rifles I had shot good , but required trigger work . You may or may not have the clip option.

Ruger also is a very good rifle campares to the remington in shooting as well as needing some trigger work , but cost less than the remingtons in general , plus you do not need to buy bases and rings .
So this would be on my table vs the tikka

So another vote goes to tikka!!
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