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I am thinking about getting a T3 SS Lite does anyone own one if so how do you like it. I am mainly wondering about the accuracy, action, and trigger. Are these good rifles or are they built like junk. Any opion's weclome good or bad.
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ive shot a few t3's and i have found them to be wonderful rifles, i dont think they are crap at all, they arent called a poor mans sako for nothing no fear here for owning a tikka. accuracy is pretty good for a factory rifle.
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I've owned two.  They both had good triggers and their accuracy was very good. They have some polymer parts, but mine never gave me any issues. The rings that were supplied with the Tikkas were crap... discard them and get some better ones.
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same barrel as a $1400 Sako
I have several of both
all are shooters and will cut one ragged hole at 100 yards

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Good all around rifles with good actions, nice triggers and accurate.
I don't like the plastic magazine. (shrug)     
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Originally posted by ccoker ccoker wrote:

same barrel as a $1400 Sako
I have several of both
all are shooters and will cut one ragged hole at 100 yards

+ 1  I have both, and can say with a great degree of certainty, you won't regret owning one.
 Well - you may want to own one of every caliber they make.Big%20Grin
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I was happy enough with my T3 SS Lite that I ordered a Sako 85.  I've come to some conclusions since receiving the Sako.  The Tikka is really underpriced and the Sako is overpriced.  Aside from the different receiver and bolt the two guns are VERY similar.  I believe they have the same trigger and barrel.  The plastic parts of the Tikka are steel on a Sako too.  My Tikka is 243 and shoots around 1/2"- 3/4" @100 yds with handloads.  The bolt is buttery smooth, the trigger is very crisp and the single stack magazine feeds like butter.  You actually have to check the first few times you load from the magazine because it's so smooth you can't feel if it picked one up.  They are petite and point well too.  The only negative would be if the plastic triggergaurd, bolt shroud, and magazine bother you.  It used to bother me until I owned one and saw it's not really a problem and the guns are common enough that they have been tested by thousands of hunters already.
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nice review Horsemany!

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I need to add that my Tikka's are the old 585 , and 695 series of rifles. And the SAKO's are the Finnwolf and A I-IV style actions. I have some experience with a SAKO M 75 also. I guess I don't have much input because you are asking about the T-3. But I would bank that they are excellent rifles as well.
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Thanks guys for the advice. I beleive I will give on of these a try as soom as I can figure out what caliber I need. I am thinking right now I may need a .308. I lieing I don't need one but I sure do want one sounds good to me.
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If you get one and decide you don't like itEek , it will be an easy sell. Also, I've never seen a SAKO or TIKKA lose one penny of value.
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I bought a T3 Lite in 6.5X55.  One of the best investments I've ever made.  Easy to tote, shoot, etc.  Didn't even have to adjust the trigger - breaks smooth as glass at 3 lbs.  I second the review that said "it feeds smooth as butter".  I have read some negative reviews, but have not had any problems with mine.  I tried several load combinations in my rifle before I settled on a 125 Gr Partition.  Everything that I have tried so far has shot well out of this gun, but the 125 Gr Partition is pure poison on whitetails.  
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I had a T3 .270 WSM lite stainless. Now I have a Sako 75 greywolf .30-06 .
 
I think the Tikka is an awesome gun for the money and mine shot very well. I did not personally like all the plastic(but it never caused me problems)........the gun just had a "cheap" feel to me. But it performed extremely well .
 
I am happier with the Sako(especially at $975 NIB). It shoots a little better also. But weighs considerably more.
 
 
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Originally posted by head hunter head hunter wrote:

I am thinking about getting a T3 SS Lite does anyone own one if so how do you like it. I am mainly wondering about the accuracy, action, and trigger. Are these good rifles or are they built like junk. Any opion's weclome good or bad.
 
HH - just keep in mind that Scheels (a midwestern Sporting Goods store) has some versions of this rifle you can't get anywhere else.  i.e. Stainless laminate.  I think they just had these on special too.  Send me a pm if you want more info.  I just about have a friend talked into getting one.  He can't quite decide on a caliber either!
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The Scheels store here carries an exclusive T3 line that's stainless and walnut.  They only make them in 4 calibers.  I think they are 300WSM, 30-06, 270 Win, and 25-06.  My friend made his own version in 6.5 Swede by buying 2 rifles, swapping the stocks and selling the one he didn't want.
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Horsemany has a point there - the stock might be walnut instead of laminate!
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Walnut sure would look and feel better than the plastic. I just wonder how much weight it would add. One of the main reason I was looking at this rifle is the weight. I want something that is light enough to throw of the shoulder and walk into deep woods with.
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I have a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in .308.  Very smooth bolt.  The plastic magazine is expensive if you want an extra...about $78.00.  Claims are that it will shoot MOA.  I have been using Hornady Light Magnum 150 gr. SST's that shoot about 1 1/4" groups, which is okay for a hunting load, that has as much power as this one.  Handloads will easily get it under the magic minute of angle.
 
The trigger has no creep, and is adjustable, with an Allen wrench, although you need to have a good feel, as there is little working room to get the wrench into place.  I replaced the recoil pad with a Limbsaver. 
 
I had just a bit of trouble with the bolt.  When cocked and down in place, the bolt can easily be bumped slightly upward, and if this does happen, even ever so slightly, it will interfere with the operation of the safety, which will not freely move to on or off safety.  So, if you are having difficulty with the safety, just make sure the bolt is fully in the down position. 
 
The rings are junk, so throw them away.  I did use Talley Lightweight Alloy 1" inch Scopemounts, which sit right on top of the intergral mount.  I have not had any trouble with them, but a heavier caliber like a .300 WSM might demand steel dovetail rings. 
 
I am please with the rifle, although I really wanted a 7mm08, but it was not manufactured for a left habder like me....hence the .308 instead.
 
Good luck. You should be able to pick one up for $600, less for a blued barrel model.
 
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"I had just a bit of trouble with the bolt.  When cocked and down in place, the bolt can easily be bumped slightly upward, and if this does happen, even ever so slightly, it will interfere with the operation of the safety, which will not freely move to on or off safety.  So, if you are having difficulty with the safety, just make sure the bolt is fully in the down position.  "
 
One other reason I sold mine .
 
FWIW.........I hate Hornady light magnums...........worst shooting bullet I have ever shot out of my Steyr .6mm . Regular Horady's and most anything else shoot very good..........the LM shot aweful !! Would be my absolute last choice when buying shells !


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Have T3 in walnut blued.  .308  Love it.
Question -  2 of you mentioned that the rings are junk.  Not arguing at all, but could you please elaborate as to what features or shortcomings makes them junk.  I ame using and have no complaints, but may not have as tight a group as I should.  Is that the result?
What would be recommended replacement and what would be benefit?
 
PS - On the walnut stock, there seems to be 2 finishes.  One is smoother and could be sliperier.  Another version provides better grip.  I believe the difference is the coating applied to the wood.
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I have a T3 Lite in 300WSM which is a great rifle but the rings are junk. After less than 100 rounds the recoil broke the locking lug on the front ring and literally tore it through the back of the ring itself moving the scope forward and majorly changing POI. On top of that it scratched up a nice Zeiss scope. I have replaced them with Millet as well as having a muzzle brake installed and now it shoots great with no recoil.
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I owned the T3 Lite in 300WM.  Here are some of my observations about the rifle, some of which have been mentioned in previous posts:
 
1. It was VERY accurate.  The rifle performed just at 1/2 MOA.
2. The included rings are crap.  Go with Talley.
3. The bolt was one of the smoothest operating bolts I've ever seen right out of the box.
4. The weapon truly is LITE!!!  It was a dream to tote around.
5. I made two mistakes with the rifle; (1) I had a muzzle break that was very effective, but it was ported 360 degrees around the barrel.  All I saw was smoke after the shot for 2-4 seconds, and (2) I bought the blued T3 and not the stainless.  This is a haul through the scrub piece of gear, and the SS would be nice for wear & tear.
 
A buddy of mine purchased the same rifle in camo stainless (300 WM), and I don't know of a better priced, more accurate deal around.
 
With about 200 rounds through the one I had, I give it a hearty endorsement.
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the only negative (though to me, not really a big deal) is that there are no short actions, only long and the action is blocked for shorter action rounds (say 308)
that cuts down on overall manufacturing costs though...
and the rings aren't great

I replaced mine with a $30 set of Warnes

I am partial to Sakos, my dad has shot one since 66, I have a '59 as well, a 243 that my son is now hunting with
I bought a t3 stainless lite 308 and it's a tack driver
bought a used 75 greywolf in 308, didn't shoot any better and was heavier
sold it and got an 85 Finlight in 270

it's prettier with the flute barrel and everything and says "SAKO" on the side

it shoots the same 1/2" group that the Tikka does though...



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Originally posted by cbm cbm wrote:

"I had just a bit of trouble with the bolt.  When cocked and down in place, the bolt can easily be bumped slightly upward, and if this does happen, even ever so slightly, it will interfere with the operation of the safety, which will not freely move to on or off safety.  So, if you are having difficulty with the safety, just make sure the bolt is fully in the down position.  "
 
One other reason I sold mine .
 
FWIW.........I hate Hornady light magnums...........worst shooting bullet I have ever shot out of my Steyr .6mm . Regular Horady's and most anything else shoot very good..........the LM shot aweful !! Would be my absolute last choice when buying shells !
 
Too bad your rifle refused to digest those Hornady Light Magnums.  Others have had better luck with them.  The deer that I harvested a few days ago would not have agreed with you.
That's why we all need to experiment what loads our particular rifle likes the best.
 
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I think I'd had a few the night I posted that............probably should've just said I had bad luck with them ! My tikka .270 wsm shot 140 trophy bonded bear claws pretty bad but accubonds shot like a champ out of it !!

Like you say...............good to try out several before settling on one !!
 
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