I just don't care for Tikkas. I've looked at and held a bunch of them and tried to like them and like a gunsmith recently said to me: "They just look and feel cheap even though they are not". I know they are nice shooting rifles, they are just not for me.
Thank you for answering.
A Savage Axis and Ruger American is good? But a T3 is “cheap” feeling?
Just conversation, and it’s because you asked for a “practice” rifle, yet are looking at rifles that are not optimum for the request.
Someone wants a Purdey to hang on the wall and stare at while drinking a toddy... sure. Not my thing, but ok. But if a person wants a rifle to actually use as a tool, use the correct tool. For actual use, I want a Sako TRG or similar, that is lightweight. The Tikka is literally that. It seems pretty obvious when I talk with people, that older guys do not like Tikkas because they have “no soul” or because “they’re plastic”, generally while they are holding a Savage or R700 extolling how good they are. Really it seems they don’t like them because there is no tinkering with them. Pull them out of the box and shoot.
Again, just talking. I can’t see “like” factoring into a practice tool.