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I know this is the rifle scope forum, but it is going to mounted with with a Sightron SII 4x12 42mm AO.  First part of the review, is simply, out of the box impressions.  Stock:  Good, but not excellent.  It is a matte finish with some checkering that is probably pressed, but that is ok, as it is done in good taste and not excessive and does not try to come off as excessive or ostentatious.  Compared to other rifles of similar cost it is comparable.  Now the Wby. Vanguard Sporter or the Deluxe, has a relatively much finer finished stock, especially the Deluxe.  No comparison there.  Metal work:  Good to Very Good.  Clearly superior to many rifles of similar cost.  No burrs or rough edges.  Matte finish.  In retrospect, probably very good, no major faults.  Fit of metal to wood:  Very good.  No major gaps or excessive asymmetry.  Barrell free floated as advertised.  As good as I have seen on any rifle in this price range.  Bolt Action:  Excellent.  Smooth as silk.  No complaints.  Although, I have not had a chance to chamber rounds, but this is one smooth actor.  Actually, it is second only to the Mark V Wby. action as far as smoothness and precision as far its feels.  The Mark V Wby. action is the one with which all should be compared to.  The only reason custom rifle manufactures do not use this action and use Remington 700s or Winchester 70s is because of the cost.  But, nevertheless, the Tikka holds its own and is equally as good as any Sako I have handled.

  Now, compared to the Wby. Vanguard.  As far as the metal work, I think it may be a toss up with the Vanguard, taking a slight edge, maybe.  Metal to wood fit, equal.  Stock, clearly goes to the Wby. Vanguard Sporter or Deluxe.  Bolt action, goes clearly to the Tikka, but the Wby. Vanguard is no slouch as it feels smooth and precise, but not to the degree of the Tikka.  So far, both are good rifles with excellent points.  Now, I need to mount the Sightron and shoot the rifle.  As I have previously said, I am a good shot, but shooting less than 1 inch groups at 100 yard is not my forte.  So, I will do my best and compare it to my previous shooting capabilities.  I am sure the rifle will do fine.  So far, I love everything about the rifle and could not be more satisfied.

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where did you buy it and what did you pay?
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that a boy, dolphin -

 

i am a huge fan, and hopefully you will be too!!

 

what about the trigger? it's my favorite part.

 

J

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I have not had a chance to play with the trigger.  I was hoping to go to the range today, but the wind is up and it just started raining.  I had to switch scopes.  The Sightron bell objective was too large.  I could have mounted it, but it was going to be pushed so far forward that I was having to lean into the scope it was not comfortable.  So, I went to the closet and of the half dozen scopes I have sitting around, I chose a Mueller 3x9 40mm mildot IR.  I had a brand new 3x9 40mm Fujinon, but have one mounted on a Wby. Mark V in a 7mmSTW.  It is a great scope that I bought when they were getting out of the rifle scope buisness.  Clear as a bell, rugged and the E/W are right on the money.  Actually, one of the most accurate scope in that area that I have.  Plus, it came with flip up lense covers, two screw in objective lense filters, one clear the other yellow.  Nice scope, especially for what I paid for it. 

  With reference to where I bought the rifle.  I got it off of www.gunbroker.com from www.discountgunner.com for 513.95 plus 25 dollars S/H.  But, www.budsgunshop.com has them for 511.83.  The caliber I bought, is a 25-06.  I did not see that one listed at buds.

  Back to the Mueller.  It is a nice scope also.  Bright and clear, without any distortion or chromatic aberration.  German 4 reticle, with a illuminated mildot.  It appears well constructed and has received good reviews.  I compared it side by side with the Sightron and the Mueller is just a click behind the Sightron in optics.  I have to admit, the view from the Mueller, may be more forgiving.  The turret posts are hand adjustable and emit a nice audible click.  The reticle is etched, not painted on or pasted.  The quality of contruction appears very good, but not up to that of the Sightron or an Elite 4200, nor would expect it to be at the cost difference.  I have spoken to the owner of the company several times about some other models.  I purchased a 4x16 50mm Sport Dot form my Wby. 30-378 and before using it, backed out and put an Elite 4200 on it.  I spoke to the company owner (Mueller) and he suggested not using that scope for that rifle as he had, get this just one returned, from being used on a 300Wby.  Now while being very honest, I thought he was doing himself a disfavor, as any scope manufacture can have a scope returned due to problems.  Look how many Zeiss scopes are on the Sample list (as well as Nikons), listed as refurbished.

  Further updates to follow.  Oh, by the way.  We will see how the Mueller stands up to shooting and how accurate and repeatable it is.

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Dolphin, thanks for taking the time to post your experiences with the new rifle.
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yes, thank you

 

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Small update.  My future son-in-law, came by with my daughter to go out to eat last night and of course saw the gun case on the kitchen table and had to take a look.  I was not in the room and did not know.  Really didn't care, he is a shooter/hunter.  Shot more deer this year than I have, which is the big 0, because I have not had a chance to get out.  Anyway, he had never heard of Tikka.  So of course I solicited his comments.  His only negatives, had to do with the stock, which he thought was plastic made to look like wood.  He loved the action.  Today, I just finished mounting a Nikko Stirling 3x12 50mm AO on his Wby. Vanguard 300Wby. mag. with a synthetic stock and blued barrel.  He does not know it, but for x-mas I bought him a 3x9 50mm. Bushnell Legend, but mounted this scope so we could go to the range and I had it in my closet.  Anyway, I thought a comparison was in hand.  The stock was nicely done without any ragged edges, burrs or any problems for that matter and did not have that hollow sound that so many inexpensive synthetic stocked rifles do.  It had the typical mold marking, which I frequently see on some expensive synthetics.  Metal work was impeccable.  No burrs, rough edges and fit together perfectly and the finish was very good, equal to the Tikka, but not up to the Mark V.  The bolt action was very good, that I already knew, but was not a smooth and silky as the Tikka.  The metal work, primarily the receiver was beefier than the Tikka, maybe because of the caliber difference.  But, I have a Vanguard in a .308 and it looks the same.  It is a heavier rifle, which is not a plus or a minus, depending only on what type of hunting you are going to do.  So far, this Tikka is looking like a great rifle, regardless of price and will probably make the ultimate mountain rifle, especially the T3 lite with a synthetic stock and SS barrel and I assume receiver.  Now, to the range today.  Thanks guys, for getting me interested in Tikka, because I think it and the Vanguard are going to become my go to rifles.

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Dolphin, thanks for your review.
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Range review.  This was also done with the above noted Vanguard.  The Tikka performed flawlessly.  Using an Aimshot bore sighter, getting sighted in at 50 yards was easy.  Using Federal Vital Shock Nosler BTs in 100grain bullets, basically the only BTs I could find and only 1 box.  Going to 100 hards everything was great, with a tight less than 1 inch group, with multiple shots.  All high and to the left, but consistent, with the rifle doing what it was suppose to do.  Making, scope adjustments seemed initially to move the point of impact.  Then all of the sudden, there was no consistency to the shoots, all on target, but in various spots.  The barrel was not hot.  At this point I was out of shells.  There was an annoying pistol shooter at the range that kept talking to me and my future son-in-law and was quite distracting, as well as another rifle shooter, who would start walking down range without announcing it to anyone, again distracting.  But, I think the real problem was not the rifle, but you guessed it, the scope.  I have ordered two boxes of the same shell, but with 117 grain bullets and will give the scope one more chance.  The trigger was great, without creep.  Let me finish the range review later, as I am being called away to go out to eat.  Oh well, I thought I had time.
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Follow-up.  Back to the range today.  First a stop at Wally world.  Two boxes of 100 grain Remington Core-Lokt and I am on my way.  After cleaning the barrel, everything in perfect.  The rifle loves these cartridges.  After a few scope adjustments, I am shooting 1 inch groups at my desired 2 inches high at 100 yards.  Trigger pull is crisp and clean, without any creep and breaks cleanly.  The bolt ejects cartridges, flawlessly.  No problems whatsoever.  A very nice rifle.  It turns out it was not the scope at all, but the rifle, just did not like the Federal ammo.  Even after almost a box of shells, there was no spray.  Now, compared to the Vanguard we set-up.  Its trigger was crisp and clean, with no discernable difference between the two.  Pounds of pressure let off, was a little lighter in the Tikka, subjectively, but not a lot of difference and personal preference would make the difference it what one would want.  Ejection was flawless with the Vanguard and accuracy was the same.  Both are excellent rifles, regardless of price, but as I have said the Tikka is now in my list of favorites.  It has a certain flair about it.  Now that being said, only if you can find it at the price I did.  Alot of places I checked wanted at least 100 to 150 dollars more, kicking it out of the bang for your buck league, but still a good buy.

  Now, to get back to the Mueller scopes.  Today, I also sighted in a Savage Varminter Low Profiler with a Mueller 6.5x24 50mm Eradicator Scope.  Nice Optics, postive clicks, illuminated mildot, reproducible E/W and solid build.  One major problem.  The rifle shot 0.5 or less inch groups at 100 yards until the barrel got hot.  By the way it is a 22-250.  But, when you changed the magnification, bullet impact changed.  For example, sighted in at 18 power 1 inch high at 100 yards, I went to 24 power and the bullet impact went down from target zero approximately 1 inch and to the left 1 inch.  I have never tried this with my more expensive scopes, but needless to say, I was dissappointed.  Otherwise the scope was great.  I sighted in a 240 Wby. with a Japanese made Nikko Stirling and it did the same thing, otherwise the scope was great, except that it was mounted by an idiot gunsmith with a somewhat canted reticle, the guy who had be look through it in an awkward position, and tightened it down unevenly on the rings.  Anyone else seen this problems with there more expensive scopes?  Usually, I go to 9 or 12 power, whatever is max. and sight it in and do not check on a lower power.

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Dolphin, glad to hear you like the Tikka - it will serve you well.

 

for less expensive ammo, remington core-lokt are great bullets - good for paper AND meat.

 

my tikka likes hornady as well - if you need some versatility.

 

let us know your further findings.

 

thanks

 

J

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