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Old 11-14-2011, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Tikka T3 rifle vs Browning A-bolt

I looking to hear opinions from anyone who owns or has shot the Tikka T3 rifle.
I'm deciding b/t a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless OR the Browning stainless stalker A-bolt with BOSS.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
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love em both...if I was to get another it would be 1 of those. Doesnt help you much I know

Nothing but good about both of them
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:58 PM   #3
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Caliber?

I have both: 300 win mag with BOSS and 22-250 in Tikka. Both of them serve their purpose. IMO I wouldnt put anything larger than a 243 in my gunsafe if it was the T3 Lite. 7mm, 300, 270 or likewise and I would buy the Browning w/ BOSS.

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Old 11-14-2011, 01:59 PM   #4
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Tikka hands down , quality built and they shoot

BRN makes a nice rifle, but doesn't compare to the Tikka
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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I bought the Tikka T3 Lite stainless with synthetic stock. I got it in a 7mm magnum because it was a caliber I had used for years and felt comfortable with it. The old 7mm magnum I was using was my dad's and I needed to give it back to him. It was the old weatherby vanguard. I don't know how much more it weighed but i know it weighed more than the Tikka and it was a tremendous difference kick-wise. Two dotted eyes and several years later I like the Tikka but it took me a while to get used to it. If I had it to do all over again I would have either went with a smaller caliber or a different/heavier gun. The gun is too light for the caliber. It kicks like a mule for a 7mm magnum. Been thinking about a muzzle break for years but haven't done it yet. I think if it were a .270 or smaller it would be an awesome gun.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:04 PM   #6
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I bought the Tikka T3 Lite stainless with synthetic stock. I got it in a 7mm magnum because it was a caliber I had used for years and felt comfortable with it. The old 7mm magnum I was using was my dad's and I needed to give it back to him. It was the old weatherby vanguard. I don't know how much more it weighed but i know it weighed more than the Tikka and it was a tremendous difference kick-wise. Two dotted eyes and several years later I like the Tikka but it took me a while to get used to it. If I had it to do all over again I would have either went with a smaller caliber or a different/heavier gun. The gun is too light for the caliber. It kicks like a mule for a 7mm magnum. Been thinking about a muzzle break for years but haven't done it yet. I think if it were a .270 or smaller it would be an awesome gun.
Agree, Would only by the tikka t3 in a small caliber...Not a fan of the cheap drop magazine on them..
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:07 PM   #7
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The Tikka lite in a magnum caliber makes a hell of a mountain rifle but is not any fun to punch paper with.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:10 PM   #8
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I had a Brn BOSS in 270 and that thing could shoot lites out.... If I could get another one I would. I now have the Tika in 243 and it shoots great too.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:25 PM   #9
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have the Tikka T3 in 243...awesome gun...best gun i ever owned. I tried a few Brownings out a long time ago. Friends loaned them to me..wasnt impressed. If your not going to get the tikka get a Remm 700 or a Savage 110.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:50 PM   #10
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i have a a-bolt 25-06, my brother has a tikka in .270 both great rifles i i think the tikka is a bit more accurate.
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:57 PM   #11
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Check out the new Weatherby Vanguard 2. I have not shot one but read several reviews and for the money there is not much out there better.
http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/vanguard_2
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:03 PM   #12
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Tikka hands down. Got a T3 Lite .270 and it's a tackdriver.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:05 PM   #13
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Tikka hands down , quality built and they shoot

BRN makes a nice rifle, but doesn't compare to the Tikka
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:16 PM   #14
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I've had both and have both

either is a quality weapon you won't be dissatisfied with either. I personally dislike the boss systems as I'm not interested in spending that much time with a rifle to tune it to properly. I'd rather just focus on sighting in properly with no consideration to the boss

but thats me. . . . I'm lazy and shooting rifles isn't my idea of a grand time. I have a couple dozen of them but many of them are just safe queens
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:16 PM   #15
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I have the T3 Lite in SS in 300WSM. I changes the butt pad to a a limbsaver and have never looked back. Just bought another one in .308. Weatherby Vanguard 2 in Sub MOA is $459 at Cabelas is is a **** nice shooter. It is a bit heavier so that may help you.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:18 PM   #16
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A-BOLT all the way Baby!!!

No offense to the Tikka lovers out there, but Tikka just feels cheap and plasticy to me.

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Old 11-14-2011, 05:20 PM   #17
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I've got the T3 lite in 300 WSM, put a Limb saver recoil pad and a muzzle break-kicks like a .243 now! Great gun.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:22 PM   #18
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Own 30-06 tikka t3 lite bought after my savage had been stolen big kick difference. Lb and 1/2 in weight makes big difference. Tikka kicks like mule 150 grain and above!
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:22 PM   #19
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I have never shot the T3 but I have a Tikka M55 in 308 and its an awesome gun but by far the my favorite is my Browning A-bolt in .270. The Tikka has been in the safe and I havent shot it in over 12 years. The browning A bolt is the better choice for me.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:32 PM   #20
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Have a- bolts in 270 and 300mag. Both with bosses. My wife uses the 270. It kicks less than my ar15. Tack driver. Very very accurate. 300mag also very accurate and not much recoil.

Never shot a tikka
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:54 PM   #21
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I have an a-bolt in .308. Its a tack driver and has no recoil. Never shot a tikka. Would recommend to try to find one you can shoot and see which one feels better to you.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:10 PM   #22
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I have a tikka t3 in .308 and I would definitely recommend one.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:12 PM   #23
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browning x bolt only way to go imo
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:19 PM   #24
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browning x bolt only way to go imo
Actually, another good choice. Either a 25-06 or 7mm wsm will probably be the next gun I buy.

http://www.browning.com/products/cat...-hand-firearms
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:52 PM   #25
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I have both in .270. My SS stalker has been with me many years, nothing bad to say about it. I shoot very hot handloads in it and recoil is fine.
I bought my then 14 yr old son the Tikka T3 Lite in .270. It's the tack driver as everybody states, and that's w/ hornaday factory loads. I would think the T3 Lite in a bigger cal. could kick pretty good.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:42 PM   #26
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I've never owned a Tikka, but I own and have owned a few A-Bolts. I had a stainless Stalker in .270 w/Boss system........That thing was a tack driver ! I worked up a load to get the velocity that I wanted and then started dialing in the Boss system...........The group in the pic is 5 shots at 100 yds.....and I pulled the 5th shot.....thats why it's not just one ragged hole. I have never owned a bad Browning rifle.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:15 PM   #27
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Tikka felt cheap, was not smooth (tried 4 different rifles off the shelf), and tolerances were off. Left a lot to be desired.

Browning A bolt was smooth, everything worked as it should, would have no problems expecting it to last a lifetime.


While I ended up choosing a Ruger, I would not hesitate to recommend a Browning, but I wouldn't say the same for Tikka. When I started out looking, I was pretty much convinced the Tikka was my next rifle, until I had one in my hands.....the rifle itself showed me I need to look elsewhere.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:19 PM   #28
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Both are good. If you get the Browning, skip the BOSS, gimmicky.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:48 PM   #29
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I have a Tikka T3 and a Sako M 85. The actions on both are ultra smooth and they both shoot better than I could ever shoot them. Some people don't like the plastic parts on the Tikka, but the guns are manufactured in the same factory by the same people that make the Sako. If you don't want plastic parts, get a Sako. I found that most things I read about these guns was true. I got my Sako at Cabela's for a very good price and it is the best gun I have ever owned.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:53 PM   #30
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I have the Timma and love it! extremely smooth bolt...AWESOME rifle...stuck a zeiss 3-9x40 on it!
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:01 AM   #31
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I have both.

If your patient and dial in the BOSS system your money. If your not patient, then the Tikka.
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