Tikka romance confessions wanted

TxxAgg

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I have a T3x 6.5 CM that shoots tiny little groups. I ended up replacing the stock, bedding it, and cerakoting it just because. It's a great gun

I like it so much I did the same thing with a T3x in .308. Turns out that it is much more fickle on ammo choice. I found some it shot well but ended up selling it.
 

rileybassman

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Does this help with accuracy/longevity/durability (or all three)? Pretty simple, low cost changes, right?

Those are two of the differences that mattered the most to me... recoil lug is up gradable - and I think that MAY add to long term durability and accuracy. Bolt shroud was a durability thing for me as I hated the plastic (I never had a t3 myself... but we have 3 t3xs now). I upgraded the magwell/trigger guard to the machined aluminum ones as well for the same durability reason.

Other changes are: stock upgrades/recoil pad upgrade, re-designed ejection port, improved rail.


For me, they all added up to being worth it - but again, I didn't upgrade from a t3... my wife and I went from savage rifles to tikka - FWIW I much prefer the tikka synthetic stock to the savage synthetic stock.
 

OutdoorAg

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About 8-9 years ago I bought a Tikka before they were really popular. About the time you could pretty easily get a SS T3 for $429 or so.

That gun - a 243 - is a typical Tikka. A little slow in the velocity department, but lacks nothing in accuracy.

Fast forward to the 6.5 craze, and I found a price is right Tikka CTR. Chopped the barrel to 18, threaded, and stuck a TBAC Ultra 7 on it. There is so much pleasure derived from a no recoil, quite, accurate rifle.
 

Snyde

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Definitely was looking at the ss versions a few years ago and wish I would have pulled the trigger then rather than a few weeks ago. :confused:
 

colter8113

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I have two. A Tikka T3 .300 Short Mag and a T3X .243 Winchester. Both are more accurate than I am and are a great foul weather gun. I keep all my guns doused pretty well with Ballistol and havent seen any rust issues after many rainy and frosty days afield on the Tikkas.
 

Yarbs003

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Enjoy mine!

Tikka T3 300WM - APA micro bastard, Bell & Carlson stock, atlas worxs bottom metal, and atlas worxs action screws.

Conditions- 58 degrees @ 1500 feet in OR.

Bullet: Barnes 190 LRX
Brass: new Gunwerks ran through FL sizer
Primer: Federal 215M
Powder: H4831SC @ 71.5gr
Velocity: 2867fps
ES: 24
SD:12
Seated a hair under mag length
5 Shots
 

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TxxAgg

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I had to pick one up in stainless. It shoots nice.
 

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ETtikka

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General tikka question ,,, with the older T3 in a 308, do I need to replace the recoil looks lug? less than 20 rds total, 2-3 per year deer hunting?
 

Apollo117

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What ? Replace recoil lug , why ?
The older model T3's were made with an aluminum recoil lug. Some folks experienced issues with the aluminum lug when shooting high recoil calibers. E.g. 300 Win mag.

Tikka fixed this problem by building the newer T3X models with a steel recoil lug.

If you have an older T3, it's pretty easy to replace the aluminum lug with a $25 steel recoil lug.
 

Spoonbill

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I doubt it is worn out, just wondering if it needs "upgraded" since it is one of the larger calibers?
Based on how little you shoot, I think you would be fine. I have a few hundred rounds over the last few years with my 30-06 and my recoil lug looks fine. If you wanted to check, just pop the stock off and look. Mountain Tactical in Bozeman sells a steel replacement one if its worn.
 

Kickstep

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Don’t own one...yet. I’ve got two buddies who both bought 30-06s and one buddy who has a .300 Win Mag and they all shoot.
 

outdoorsman12b

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I doubt it is worn out, just wondering if it needs "upgraded" since it is one of the larger calibers?
If you take a look at it by pulling out of stock you can see if the aluminum has dented. It may not affect the accuracy of your rifle, but if you have visible impressions I would replace.
 
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