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Tikka T3 Deluxe

Pete Moore casts his eyes over the slightly upmarket Tikka T3 Deluxe and finds the stock material may have changed but not the superb design

As most long term readers know I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to product. If I like it then I get it and it becomes part of the gear I use in the field; there’s plenty of kit I will give the nod too, but a lot less I will actually commit to on a purely personal level. Unusually the subject of this test is a rifle I really rate, but have never been in the position to get one, as the window of need/opportunity has never been open at the right time… I speak of the Tikka T3; price-wise one of the best European, fixed barrel designs I have had the pleasure of using.

The T3, which now supersedes all previous Tikka rifles, is a rationalisation of this well respected design. Technically cheaper, though you’d be hard pressed to see where they have cut corners, the rifle comes in a number of finishes from blued/synthetic to stainless laminate, bin a good choice of calibres with action lengths to suit. Likewise options as you can go from the basic Lite all the way up to the Tactical model. 

I see the Lite

The entry level model is the Lite with its blued finish and black, synthetic stock. It received the Shooting Sports ‘Best Rifle Award’ in the year of its debut. At the time this model cost around £600 and that included a floated barrel, adjustable trigger and detachable magazine as standard. Revisiting the T3 I have the wooden stocked Deluxe, which is no different mechanically apart from walnut furniture and a bit of extra decoration. Wood is not my scene but it shows a decent bit of plank that shoots very well. Given the fluctuating fortunes of Stirling as compared to the Euro and also the fact that we are a few years down the line, I was keen to see how much more the Tikka’s price point had moved on too.

The T3 is a simple and elegant design, the closed-topped receiver shows an 11mm internal dovetail and is also ‘drilled & tapped’ for scope mounts, which is a versatile option. The wood is a nice piece of walnut with a rosewood forend tip. Chequering is subtle but effective and laid down in 3-section panels, the comb is straight and of medium height with the butt showing a thick rubber recoil pad. The pistol grip offers an ambidextrous palm swell and the forend enough width to offer a decent hold too. Tikka fit QD sling studs as standard and also include a set of swivels. Though purely cosmetic the grip cap is silver with the T3 logo embossed into it, again a nice touch if you want something a little bit cosmetic that can still shoot.

The bolt shroud is plastic and angles down so keeping the line and look of the receiver. It shows a cocked action indictor tag that protrudes from the rear to indicate gun state. On the rear right of the action is the 2-position (roller) safety forward FIRE and reverse for SAFE. The bolt handle is angled back and shows a decent length and ball end for easy manipulation. From the box the trigger broke at around 4 lbs and though it can be adjusted I left it alone as it gave a crisp and predictable release.

The T3 features a detachable box magazine, made of plastic this single column design offers a capacity of 3 in most normal calibres, mine came in that great old soldier – 6.5x55mm Swedish. The release catch is located at the font of the well and pulls back to operate. The barrel is 22 ½” long and in the case of the 6.5 showed a 1-8” twist rate.

First impressions

Picking the T3 up for the first time gives the impression of a light rifle; less scope it tips the scale at a pleasing 6 ¾ lbs, which makes it easy to carry. Keeping it in the GMK family I fitted the Deluxe with my Leupold 3-9x50 Vari-X II custom shop model in a set of CZ rings. Even with glass on top the rifle still feels more than handy. Ammo went to Sako with their 156-grain, Game Head load. This is quite heavy for 6.5 Swedish, as I personally favour the more standard 140-grain option. 

There were no problems at all with the rifle, loading the magazine was easy as was cycling the action. The safety is well placed for quick operation with minimum disturbance to the firing hand grip and the crisp trigger easy and predictable to use.

Though the 6.5 Swedish is not an unpleasant calibre, the heavier 156-grain load does make the light T3 a bit snappy in recoil; again why I would choose the 140-grain, which even at the modest speeds generated by this cartridge will easily produce near 2,400 ft/lbs of energy. This combined with the long, pencil-like bullet with is good ballistic coefficient is what makes this old timer still so popular in Europe. In Sweden it’s the legal entry level round for moose hunting, and as I can attest to, first hand, it really does the job!

Accuracy was also very much a given, as from 100 yards prone, supported groups were an easy ¾-1”. I also tried some reloads that I use in my Mauser M 03’s 6.5x55mm barrel that consist of a 140-grain Nosler Partition with 48.3-grains of Vit N 560 and that shot sub-3/4” as did a 120-grain Barnes Triple X over 40.5-grains of Vit N 140. The heavier Sako load was pushing around a modest 2300 fps and 1900 ft/lbs.

If you like

Though not a wooden gun fan, the Deluxe does look good in its timber furniture and due no doubt to the floated barrel and reasonably solid forend shoots very well as I have detailed. Though the stock dimension of the synthetic Lite are identical, if you want the more traditional/accepted look then the Deluxe has it in spades with no loss of ability.

However, it’s also about cost too with the Deluxe being £195 more expensive than the Lite and £120 over the standard wooden stocked Hunter model. They all shoot near enough the same and it’s only personal tastes that will dictate your choice. On that point in probably six years prices have not gone up dramatically, as I recall the Lite was around the £600 mark back then so has risen probably less than £90. Which is good in comparison to other European makes that have added between £250-400 since 2007 alone?

As ever I can find no fault with Tikka T3, well priced for a European design, the build is good no matter what you like and the choice of calibres (204 Ruger to 338 Win Mag) and options is equally wide: Lite, Varmint, Super Varmint, Laminate/stainless, Hunter, Deluxe, Tactical and Magnum calibre models. Currently I am not looking for a fixed barrel hunting rifle, but if I was then the T3 would be a serious consideration.

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Technical Specifications
Name Tikka T3 Deluxe
Calibre on test 6.5x55mm Swedish
Capacity 3 + 1 (DM)
Barrel 22 ½” (1-8” twist)
Stock walnut
Weight 6 ¾ lbs (unscoped)
Length 42 ½”
QD sling studs
Price £885

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

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  • I am quite suprised you give the tikka T3 such a good review .The T3 is not a patch on the 595 .The wood wood quality is poor and the bolt is really sloppy .The whole rifle has been cheapened .It is not just me ,everyone you speak to says the same.I appreciate GMK advertise in you magazines but please tell things as they are.

    Comment by: Stephen Home     Posted on: 04 Feb 2009 at 10:10 PM

  • Yes no doubt the old 595 was a better rifle in terms of build quality. However time moves on and Tikka's rationalisation of the design certainly works, with perhaps the exception of the stock on their Tactical model, which is medocre at best.

    But you have to ask yourself why are you buying a rifle, is it for the cosmetics, or is it to hunt with? I have no doubt that taking a 595 and comparable T3 out in the same calibre would result in the same amount of deer or foxes in the bag. As wood quality and an aledged loose bolt have no affect on ability... To be honest I have found the run of the bolt to be smooth and easy.

    It's all too easy to critcise a new product, but time moves on and just about every gun manufactruer is looking for a way to make things cheaper. Some times it works and sometimes it does not and I reckon that the T3, judged as a modern product in its own right works well.

    The 595 no longer exists as a production item, if you have one good luck to you, as it was a good rifle. But if you want a new Tikka then it will have to be the T3, which I have few issues with.


    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 05 Feb 2009 at 10:35 AM

  • the t3 performed absolutly outstanding at my range less than 3/4 inch group at 200 yrd's with handloaded ammo in 30-06 150 grain silvertip.bolt was smooth lite as a feather and enjoyable to shoot.i love mine.i put a nicon 3x9x40 bdc and they were made for each other in my opinon.great gun.cant wait to take a deer this year with it.thanks bruce

    Comment by: bruce     Posted on: 24 Feb 2009 at 09:10 PM

  • Like I said to Mr Home; it may not have the finer points of the old 595, but it's a good rifle and there's not much more you can ask for in my opinion...

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 25 Feb 2009 at 10:15 AM

  • I purchased a T3 (.308) - great for maybe 2 good shots then watch the bulletss go their own way. Barrel does not like heat. Bought a very expensive 5 round magazine from GMK (Genuine Tikka) which was absolutely useless and impossible to load more than 2 rounds without serious issues - all in all an overpriced and over rated piece of kit. In fairness tho', it will place your first 2 shots exactly where you want them and as it is used for stalking if you can't kill with the first shot you should not be shooting.........

    Comment by: Pete Collins     Posted on: 26 Mar 2009 at 01:21 AM

  • I am surprised to hear the 5-shot mag is not working. I have used these before and had no problems. The only thing I can think of is the COL (cartridge overall length) is too long for the magazine, however, that would show even more in a 3-shot, let alone a five. The best way to quantify this would be with quality factory ammo, which should have a COL compatible with any feed system! If not get it back to GMK and get them to sort it

    Yes you are right; most hunting guns cannot hold group for too long, due to their lightweight barrels. This is common and even my Riflecraft LSR would only keep it on 1/2" for 5-rounds before it opened up. But as you say - if you can't drop it with two, then maybe you need to re-think your game.

    Let me know how you get on with the magazine?


    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 27 Mar 2009 at 10:23 AM

  • I have T3's in 6.5 x 55 (synthetic) and 22-250 (wood).
    The actions are smooth and reliable. Feed is faultless. Triggers are both around 3 pounds and crisp. Accuracy is exceptional in the 6.5 using home loads. Bullet weights used have been 140gr, 129 gr and 120gr. The lighter bullets are preferred in view of the better trajectory. Groups for all weights have been good. If the shooter is up to it the rifle will do 5 shot 5/8" groups, the best being 5 shot 3/8" with the 140 gr. This is with the Reflex sound moderator. This rifle has a Leupold 30mm tube European scope
    The 22-250 has only been fed a diet of factory ammo so far so I am loath to say what it is capable of. This rifle has a Swarovski 1" tube variable scope.
    Over the last 35 years I have owned Remington, Parker-Hale, BSA, Ruger, Tikka 595. Some have been poor, some good and one or two(Remingtons) have been exceptionally accurate.
    My Remington 700 in 270 was devastatingly accurate, winning me many placings in sporting rifle competitions.
    I have absolute confidence in my T3's and would recommend them to anyone. If the quality is variable I have yet to see evidence of it
    John Atkinson

    Comment by: John Atkinson     Posted on: 10 Apr 2009 at 11:35 PM

  • I have a T3 Hunter in 6.5x55. My most accurate gun. I've shot several deer with it and had my best groups at the range. Sure it has a polymer trigger guard and mag, but many if not most guns are being made that way. I have a Browning X-bolt composite [7wsm] that also shoots great. It has a polymer trigger guard and mag. I have a Remington SPS DM [.30-06]. It shoots decently well. It has a metal mag and an aluminum trigger guard. Does that make it better than the other 2? It doesn't shoot as well, AND it is the worst of the 3 concerning fit and finish. The bolt feels rough, the stock sounds hollow, and it just feels like a cheap gun. I don't like how people will rag on a new gun because of it's cheap 'plastic' parts, when good ol' Remington with 'better' parts feels cheaper and shoots worse.
    I like my T3 and will likely get another one. Best gun for my money that I've found so far.

    Comment by: Ken Lucas     Posted on: 20 May 2009 at 11:11 PM

  • As you, I and most sensible shooters have discovered; never judge a book by its cover. Polymers are the new steel and aluminium and as long as the gun shoots then all the fine wood and amazing finish is not going to make it work any better.

    I recall testing the Remington 710. This is a budget gun and comes complete with a cheap scope and I hated the thing on sight! Chambered in 270 Win and using Remington's standard Express load it was pulling 5/8" groups at 100-yards. You can't ask for better than that from an off-the-shelf rifle...

    Pride of possesion is one thing, but more important is performance...

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 21 May 2009 at 10:12 AM

  • I have a T3 IN .222 calibre synthetic, very good rifle, great for foxes and rabbits, I don,t mind plastic bits on a rifle, it makes it lighter, its the results that count, very good groups using sako 50 grain rounds.

    Comment by: joe magee     Posted on: 30 Jun 2009 at 03:37 AM


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 30 Jun 2009 at 12:14 PM

  • It's very hard to change the ways of oldtimers. They're not going to say anything good about things that are all new but they have to face it. The T3 is an awesome gun. It's light, simple, beautiful and accurate. What more could you ask for?

    Comment by: TW     Posted on: 24 Jul 2009 at 07:05 AM

  • It's not just about age, as I'm pushing 57 now but have an open view to any new idea until proven otherwise. The old guard don't want things to change regardless and have no view to the future.

    But yes the T3 is one hell of a re-design - bah humbug...


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 24 Jul 2009 at 09:51 AM

  • Hi ,brilliant to read all of your comments on the T3 liteTikka,
    Should I buy one ,considering I have not owned a synthetic, but I am looking to save some carry weight but do not won't to compromise on the extras that I use when stalking.
    So how do your synthetic stocked rifles stand up to being fitted with all the goodies available today ie,bipod,T8 moderator, z6i 2.5-15x56. Also how do they shoot ? Is there much recoil.Does it handle as a standard wooden stocked hunting rifle say ,7-8lb..I would go for cal 6.5x55sw left hand stainless, if possible with fluted barrel.That brings me to the last question,can a fluted barrel be threaded to take a moderator or should a standard barrel be the correct choice.Left hand rifles are not factory threaded ?

    Comment by: Ian Watson     Posted on: 09 Sep 2009 at 11:13 PM

  • Depending on what you put on it, it should handle about the same, but more weight means a less handy rifle.

    6.5x55 Swede is a great calibre and more than enough for a wide range of species. It is also potentially accurate, though the variables here are shooter ability and what bullet weight/load suits the rifle.

    A fluted barrel will be heavier and yes they can be threaded as the last inch or so is left plain.

    Hope that helps?


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 10 Sep 2009 at 09:14 AM

  • Purchased a tikka t3 s/s at the start of the week and took it to the range,
    unfortunatly it would not extract the 6.5x55 rounds.
    took it back to the gun shop and they all looked at me with disgust figuring that it was operator error. They would not cycle any rounds through it in the shop due to safety reasons which is fair enough but they sent me out the door giving me detailed instructions on how to work a bolt action rifle.
    I guess they must have sold a few of these guns and never had a return due to faults.
    Any way after another failed attempt at the range and a heated exchange the shop owner fronted up with a new t3 all the while telling me it was operator error.
    good news the new gun is a gem and shoots very well. Bad new the gun shop owner put that faulty t3 lite back on the shelf for some other poor fella to buy.

    Comment by: Brent Hill     Posted on: 24 Sep 2009 at 05:53 AM

  • Operator error indeed; either a gun works or it does not. Christ my dog can work a bolt-action rifle; sounds like you were getting the run around. More worrying is the gun went back on the rack for someone to buy and doubtless be told the same old story and maybe believe it this time...

    If it were me I'd write to the importers, as they should be made aware that someone out there is not doing their job properly... As it's the Tikka name that's going to suffer. Guess you won't be going to that shop again?

    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 25 Sep 2009 at 10:49 AM

  • Hi Pete,
    After going away with a good rifle in the end i still feel bad that the gun is back on the shelf,, definately not for the shop owner but for the next poor chap that has the same experience as myself.
    ill try and find a rep for berreta in New Zealand on monday,
    yer you are right mate plenty of other rifle stores out there and a gun shop grows on reputation in a small country,

    Comment by: Brent Hill     Posted on: 25 Sep 2009 at 12:20 PM

  • Good on you...


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 25 Sep 2009 at 01:41 PM

  • You say:"good choice of calibres with action lengths to suit."

    Well the Tikka T3 receiver comes in only one receiver length all with the same extraction port length.

    Wheter you have a shortie like .308 or a longer cartridge like 6.5x55 the reveiver is the same, only magazine and bolt head may differ between calibers.

    I've owned and hunted with T3 in 6.5x55 for four years now and I can honestly admit that I regret not buying a Sako. The barrels are the same, but fit, finish and features are not comparable.

    The T3 is a cheap gun with a good barrel; so cheap that I won't even bother to sell it.

    Comment by: John Denver     Posted on: 29 Oct 2009 at 09:50 PM

  • Well not according to the Tikka website as it quotes a number of action length options according to calibre, though there is only MMs in it. The Sako 85 may be prettier but my money goes for the T3 every time; at least it has a recognisable recoil lug system that offers accuracy and consistency potential.

    It looks like we only agree on the calibre as 6.5 Swede is exceptional as I have a barrel set in this one for my Mauser M03. But if you are binning your T3 send it to me and I'll pay the postage as I rate it as a good rifle that would get a good home...


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 03 Nov 2009 at 06:58 PM

  • Mine's a Hunter in .223.
    Tend to shoot NATO 5.56MM 62 grn or reloads 69grn Sierra hpbt over 25.4 grn Vit 140.
    Rifle has been totally reliable and I use 6 shot mags.
    However it does not like a bipodalthough barrel is free floating. I get better groups prone.
    I think groups do open a little after five or so shots but that is to be expected with a light barrel.
    Bought for foxing in North Wales and casual target shooting in my gunclub up to 300m.

    Comment by: Graham Gibbs     Posted on: 06 Nov 2009 at 05:15 PM

  • Hi Pete,further to my comment 09/Sept/09 I have to praise the GMK Co.for their assistance when I bought my Tikka T3. It is all that I was looking for at just over 6lb and factory threaded 14x1 on a stainless left hand action and synthetic stock ,I had been told this beast did not exist ? well the staff I spoke to even sorted the correct mounts and rings for my 56mm scope so I was all set to go.Jackson Rifles came up trumps when they supplied the 7ounce A-TEC Moderator. What a sweet gun to shoot, it has such a short barrel and with the moderator on it is still only 25". In 6.5cal there is no noticeable recoil and clear site of impact when taking the shot on two recent sucessfull fallow stalk's has proven.If your readers are looking for light weight,accurracy,good look's,proven reliabilty then I will say , I HAVE CERTAINLY FOUND IT.........Ian

    Comment by: Ian Watson     Posted on: 31 Jan 2010 at 11:22 PM

  • Ian

    Glad it's all come together for you and good hunting...


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 01 Feb 2010 at 10:54 AM

  • I have a SS super Varmint 6.5 x 55. It is very accurate, well balanced & when bore scoped has less machining marks then my LTR remington. The only thing that I am not happy about is that you have to chamber a round with the SAFTEY OFF before you can make the gun safe by putting the saftey on.

    Comment by: Dr Robert Boulton     Posted on: 13 Apr 2010 at 12:02 AM

  • As we speak, I own four T3's. A Tactical in .223, a Super Varmint in .222 and one in .308 and a T3 Lite in .308. They all shoot very well and function extremely well. The only fault I have found is the way the recoil lug in set in the stock. After cleaning my .308 SV and adjusting the trigger, I found it difficult to seat the action back in place with the recoil lug properly seated in the action recess. Well I was able to seat the action in the stock with the action riding the recoil lug. I epoxied the lug in the stock so it can no longer sink in the stock recess and I haven't had to do the same for the other three rifles yet. That has been the only problem I've had. I have owned over 400 firearms in my life thus far and the Tikka T3 is by far the best there is for the money they cost and some. To answer a previous commenter, there is one action length, from .222 to .338 Win Mag, they all have the same action length. It is just the bolt stop, ejection port and the magazine opening in the magazine itself that are different, but it is the same receiver and magazine outer dimensions. You can use Weaver bases, Leupold STD bases or the Opti-Loc system. There are blued or stainless steel barreled actions, lite, varmint, super varmint and tactical configurations, black synthetic, camo, laminate or walnut stocks. With or with-out sights and the choice of calibers is vast. I rest my case.

    Comment by: Dave Poidvin     Posted on: 29 Jun 2010 at 04:35 AM

  • Hi guys, I'm about to buy a t3 tactical in 308. I was wondering if it is the corect move for shots to 5-600m. The scope in mind is the bushnell elite 6500 4-30x50. It will be used for hunting and target (a allrounder) At the moment I have a t3 light in 223. Don't get me wrong, I love this gun and shoots .5 Moa @ 100 and .8 is the best at 200. I now want a gun that will hopefully shoot under 100mm groups at 500m. Is the t3 tactical in the 308 the way to go or is there something else out there ? The reason for 308 is due to the large amount of factory amo
    Thanks in advanced

    Comment by: Pedz     Posted on: 14 Sep 2010 at 03:06 AM

  • The only problem with the T3 Tactical is the stock. As Tikka have used the standard, lightweight synthetic from the T3 Lite and added a saddle-type arrangement around the forend. This is to try and make it more rigid, but it fails as groups on and off a bipod differ in point of impact.

    The Tactical with the right ammo should do 4" groups at 500-yards without any real problems, given you remember about the forend and how you support it.

    Jackson Rifles offer a replacement stock for the T3 from Robertson of Canada and that really makes a difference.

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 14 Sep 2010 at 10:49 AM

  • I am a rifle coach in the United States and arguably a decent gunsmith (goes hand-in-hand with coaching). I started shooting as a young boy, under the tutelage of my father, and developed a passion for target shooting, as well as hunting. Over the past 50+ years I have been fortunate to have collected and shot a large variety of rifles, calibers, and bullets (handloads and factory offerings); both military and civilian. One of my more recent rifle purchases was the Tikka T3 Deluxe in 300 Winchester Magnum. I mounted a Leopold VXII 3-9x50 on it, using Sako mounts. Upon sighting the bore sighted rifle in at 100 yards, I printed 1.5 inches high, and 4 inches right on my first shot, doped the scope, and hit 1.5 inches high, 12 o'clock on my second shot (one of those lucky sight-in days), then, after cooling the barrel for 20 minutes, proceeded to shoot at a 200 yard target. Shooting 3 Hornady 150 grain TST rounds at the 200 yard target created a single, ragged, cloverleaf hole; impressive for a moderately priced, factory rifle, with factory ammunition. Might be that I just lucked out and purchased a rifle that was one of the good ones that came off the assembly line, but, never-the-less, I was thrilled to take it Mule Deer hunting in Oregon two months later. It is a light rifle (good for the mountains) and has settles naturally to the shoulder when shooting. The trigger is among the best factory triggers I have squeezed, with a light pull and crisp letoff. While there is much to like about the T3, the barrell heats up quickly, and accuracy wanders after the third shot, until the barrel is cooled (not a factor in most hunting situations, but a can be a drawback on the bench). Also, the magazine (clip in some circles) has a cheap, plasticy feel to it, though it has functioned flawlessly during the year I have used it. All-in-all, a superb rifle for the price. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an accurate, reasonably priced rifle.

    Comment by: Brad Kime     Posted on: 16 Sep 2010 at 04:20 AM

  • I have a t-3 lite 270 wsm left hand I lost the bolt, can any one tell me where I can buy one .

    Comment by: joe dail     Posted on: 16 Sep 2010 at 05:00 PM

  • If you live in the UK then go to the dealer you bought it off and they can order you one through the importer.

    Comment by: Pete Moore     Posted on: 16 Sep 2010 at 05:19 PM

  • is there any place that can sell me a complete left hand bolt for a tikka t3 lite 270 wsm lh bolt

    Comment by: joe dail     Posted on: 09 Oct 2010 at 02:29 AM

  • I just recetly purchased a Tikka T3 in the .270 caliber. I have not hunted with it yet but sighting it in was a blast. Smooth shooting gun that is very accurate. My opion you cant go wrong with one. Good rifle that shoots straight and for a fair price. I shot it 10 time and had no problems with the bullet flying off the pattern was tight the whole time.

    Comment by: TROY CARRIG     Posted on: 11 Nov 2010 at 12:03 AM

  • Ive just bought a second hand .223 T3 tactical. Havent fired a live round yet but was just trying out the action with snap caps.It just simply doesnt cycle. The nose of the bullet points up and jams. A single round in the mag loads smoothly and the trigger is crisp. The magazine doesnt look comfortable holding a .223. Any ideas?

    Comment by: Matt Downes     Posted on: 29 Dec 2010 at 03:08 AM

  • Never used the 223 Tactial but have tested the 308 version with no feed problems. The T3 from my expierence has always been reliable on feed. Long shot I know; have you checked the magazine is for 223 rem and not say something like 22-250? Even dafter are the snap caps 223?


    Comment by: peter moore     Posted on: 29 Dec 2010 at 12:54 PM

  • I own A remington 798 in a .308. Occasionally I'll take someone deer hunting that does not own an adequate rifle. In that cas, I'll loan them mine and borrow my friend's Tikka T3 .308. I've shot this Tikka three times in my life and killed three deer dead in their tracks. Seems like a pretty good gun in my opinion. I have no idea what happens after the barrel heats up.

    Comment by: Tim Simecek     Posted on: 10 Jan 2011 at 05:59 AM

  • Pete,definatley .223 snap caps but the mag is designated for .308 and .223, i.e TIKKA dont make a mag specifically for .223. A YOUTUBE user has put me in touch with Peter Lincol at Roedale Precision who makes a magazine loading system for this problem. Hope that helps with anyone who has this problem

    Comment by: matt downes     Posted on: 11 Feb 2011 at 12:16 AM

  • I just bought a T3 Lite S/S in a .270 cal and was wondering what ammunition (maker and grain size) you have used successfully for white-tail deer (and similar size game)? I have heard that some people have had accuracy issues with some manufacturers. I'd like to use 140 grain ammo but since it is not as commonly manufactured as the 130 and 150 grain sizes, it is quite more expensive. TIA

    Comment by: Larry Aichler     Posted on: 28 Feb 2011 at 09:26 PM

  • i have quite a few t3's and have no gripe about any. i have 1 in .243 win 1 in .308 1 in .270 and 1 .270wsm [ my fav ] but i would like to have one in 6.5 x 55 i have read so much about this round but have never shot one. but the tikka's have taken over my gun safe bolt action area with only 1 browing and 1 remington left and i love all of them and have never had any prob. at all with any of them!!!!!!!

    Comment by: mike     Posted on: 07 Jan 2012 at 11:59 PM

  • I have 4 t3.s 308 super,243,270,7mm rem mag
    I reload for them all,they are tack drivers and function well.

    Comment by: Bruce     Posted on: 15 Jan 2012 at 11:21 PM

  • Say no more, like I said a good rifle...


    Comment by: pete moore     Posted on: 16 Jan 2012 at 10:14 AM

  • MY 308 and 243 don't allow much room to seat out vld buletts.I wonder if the 6.5 clip work as the clips are interchangable.The 308 is a super varmint and the 243 is a lite.Any suggestions?

    Comment by: Bruce     Posted on: 17 Jan 2012 at 12:04 AM

  • Tikka T3 lite in .243 Win

    Lovely gun, its a fox gun and small-medium deer gun for me. Barrel is too small to shoot hot on hot but thats not what it is designed for. Its a Lite for christs sake. Its designed for my use. One or two shots maximum at a fox, or one shot at a deer and then put it away or stalk or hunt and the barrel cools off.

    Get a thicker barrel to do anything else.

    My neighbour is a profesional shooter who gets flown up to the north of Australia to shoot buffalo, steer and camels out of a helicopter. He would never choose this to take with him because its the wrong tool for the wrong job. However, he thinks its a great match for my requirement.

    Get your requirement and pick the appropriate gun to match, not the other way around mates.

    Out of the box with nothing done to the rifel, with factory Federal 100 grain ammo. Windy day, portable bench, shooting off a mount welded to a car jack, and a cheezy Nikko Stirling scope I got 1" groupings at 50m, just under 1.5" groupings at 100m and same 1.5" groupings at 150m. It went dark as I did this after arriving home from work and on my last (12th) round into the 150m target it was too dark to continue.

    I am quite impressed with the T3 Lite .243 Win out of the box with this groupings. Hand loads should get me closer to halving those grouping results. I want something to carry around the forests without ripping my arm off as well as something on the farm to pull out and kill a fox as they now all stay well out of range of my .17HMR and this is the perfect tool for the job I require.

    I am not benchshooting, wanting a tactical rifle that weighs as much as a tank, and with the cost of everything gun related in Australia (stock T3 Lite Blue .243 is $1090AUD, which is worth a bit more than US dollars right now so there is a eye opening experience to our prices on everything) this is a very accurate, very nice rifle for the job at hand. If I wanted the above I would put on a heavier barrel or get a varmint version.

    .243 is already improved so no need for me with my use to look at a AI version of the round so happy as Larry!

    Comment by: John Barnes     Posted on: 22 Jan 2012 at 04:33 AM

  • I have 3 tikkas T3 light in .243 T3 varmint in .308 and T3 varmint stainless in 300 win mag I think they are by far the best value for money rifle you can get, I have had no bother with any of them unlike my new remington sps 308 that got sent back after 1 week.
    I am now considering a new T3 varmint in 22.250 or 223 the only problem I have is heavy barrel or light ?

    Comment by: kevin hall     Posted on: 26 Apr 2014 at 03:24 PM

  • Just bough a Tikka T3 like it a lot. 270w using130 sst. I am getting 3 shots at 200 yards 1 moa. It is going for Caribou in Dec. Love it. Thanks Chuck

    Comment by: Chuck Syms     Posted on: 01 Oct 2015 at 03:42 AM

  • Great review, lots of useful info, will help me with choice of new rifle

    Comment by: Pete Dann     Posted on: 04 Mar 2016 at 11:32 AM

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