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I would say sometime towards spring I will be buying one of these rifles in .22-250 caliber and am wondering if anyone has any opinions on either one.  I will be getting one with a stainless steal heavy barrel.  All opinions are greatly appreciated, oh yea and any scope recommendations are welcomed too.  Thinkink about taking my burris ff II 4.5-14X42 off my .25-06 and getting a new scope for that instead.  Thanks. 
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Hello Sneaky

 

Here are my picks, the Tikka and a Elite 4200 or Burris Signature.

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Those were exactly what I had in mind.  Only the elite 4200 or the Signature i would put on the .25-06.  SVD do you have any experience with the tikka at all?
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I have shot several different ones and all of them were exepionaly accurate for the price.

I have always prefered the Carbon steel though, in my mind I feel Carbon steel rifles are better .

I do not own a single stainless steel rifle and most likely never will.

 

 

http://www.tikka.fi/pdf/specs/Varmint.pdf

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Might be worth trying the new Savage extreme varminter w/left side loding port single shot also has a full 1" barrel. Of coarse the bushnell 4200 elite 6-24 mil dot is perfect.  

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Sneaky if you are considering the Savage, my pick would be this one with the LRB stock by Brownells.

 

http://www.savagearms.com/12fv.htm

 

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p= 19483&title=SAVAGE+PILLAR-BEDDED+SYNTHETIC+STOCKS

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TIKKA TIKKA TIKKA

 

you can't go wrong w/ sako OR tikka - i just bought a T3 not too long ago, and it is a tack driver.

they trigger and action on all the T3's are wonderful. very very nice gun for the money.

 

as for the scope - you can't go wrong w/ the elite 4200's - do you need variable objective? or just high power?

 

good luck. to say that i was pleased w/ the tikka rifle....would be an understatement.

 

J

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I appreciate all the opinions guys, wish I could make my purchase right now as it is prime coyote time up here.  My thoughts are putting my 4.5-14X42 burris ff II that I already have on my 25-.06 and putting it on the .22-.250 and getting the bushnell elite 4200 in 3-9, but i may have to check out the 6-24 in mil dot to put on the varmint gun as I like to go shoot prairie dogs a lot as well.  I do like the look of the savage with the laminate stock and it does have the accutrigger also wich is a plus.  But I also like the synthetic stock of the tikka  because it will get abused and it always makes me sick when I get that first scratch in the stock.  I just want to know which one is the better shooter for the money as I would be happy with either one.  Thanks again for the replies.

Trevor



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I own both a Tikka and a Savage.  My Tikka is a M695 hunting rifle in 280Rem and the Savage is a 12FV in 22-250 (in a Choate Ultimate Varmint stock).

The Savage has a Elite 4200 6-24x40AO scope.

Both rifles are very acurate and both have their advantages and disadvantages.  As always it comes down to what's more important to you.

Tikka has a super smooth bolt throw and very good adjustable trigger.  However, bolt throw on the Tikka is longer than on the Savage since Tikka T3s only come in one action size: long.  Personally, I do not think it makes a difference, but some people care. 

The barrel on the Tikka is just under 24" long, while the barrel on the Savage is 26" long. 

Tikka weighs just a touch over 8lbs.  Savage has different weights for different models, depending on the stock.  Savage's basic plastic stock is just a space filler for a better stock, so I would stay away from that one.  Laminated stock models weigh about 10lbs and Ultimate Varmint stocked model is about 11.5lbs.  Savage's Accutrigger is excellent and I slightly prefer it to a more traditional Tikka trigger, but that's personal preference above all else.

From the information above I would say, if you plan to carry the rifle around (a la walking varminter) go with the Tikka.  If this is stricktly a gun to be shot in volume off a bench, go with the Savage.  Although 22-250 does not really kick, after enough rounds it does accumulate and heavier, longer barrelled Savage is better for that.  Also, I think an overbore caliber like 22-250 does better with a longer barrel and is a little less loud (not a major difference).

If you like to tinker with your rifle: swap out stocks, change barrels, etc.  Savage has far more aftermarket parts available.  Also, because of Savage's barrel attachment method (barrel nut) it is very easy to swap out barrels if you barrel is shot out, or simply if you want to change calibers.  For example, if you get a 22-250 Savage, in about 5 minutes you can change the caliber to anything based on a 308Win case.  With a bolt head change you can also change it to a bunch of oher calibers based on 223 or PPC cases (these would be single shot).

ILya

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That was some great information.  This gun will be used mostly for hunting on the prairie in ND in the summer for P dogs and in the fall and winter for coyotes, coons, badgers, and whatever else.  This gun will eventually get a little abused.  My bench shooting consists of shooting until I find a reload I like for the gun and thats about it.  Thanks again everyone.
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