| Fishinado wrote:|
The current Tikka is basically the old Sako design, with two locking lugs. Now that the Sako 85 is out, the previous 75 designed can be "cheapend" a bit (two piece bolt), now with three locking lugs. Viola! New old gun!!
The current Tikka is nothing like the old 2-lug Sako, which had a full length guide rib/bolt race baffle and an entirely different trigger assy and safety design than the Tikka. The Tikka action is no more similar to the old Sako than it is the Howa 1500. Sako and Tikka is made in the same manufacturing plant and their barrels are made on the same hammer forging machines. They both use the same extractor and similar triggers. Other than those things, they are not similar.
The 75 bolt also has 3 lugs just like the 85. The only difference between the 75 and 85 bolts is the 85 has part of the bolt face enclosure removed for the controlled round feed feature, a differently shaped bolt shroud, and additional guiding surfaces on the side of the lugs.
I don't think this rifle is intended to replace the Tikka T3 at all. The Tikka is still Sako's "bargain" rifle. It's a good rifle, but it doesn't directly compete with Sako.