GUN Tikka T3 Lite VS Rem 700 SPS

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  1. Cannondale

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    I'm looking into getting a .308 bolt-action rifle in the next few weeks and have whittled it down to these two. I've fondled both and came up with these conclusions.

    Rem 700
    Pros:

    -Trusted design
    -Parts readily available
    -Modify-able
    -Possibly stronger action?

    Cons:
    -Long throat (impossible to seat bullets the right depth and be close to the rifling) Meaning less accuracy potential
    -Heavier than the T3
    -Trigger is not easily adjustable

    Tikka T3 Lite

    Pros:
    -Silky-smooth operation
    -Trigger more easily adjustable
    -Barrel free-floated and chamber "bedded"

    Cons:
    -Parts nowhere close as easy to get
    -Not modify-able
    -Plastic magazine (doesn't bother me too much)


    Both of these rifles are the same price at my local fun shop of choice. I know either one would be great as a hunting rifle, but I'm really leaning towards the Tikka for the accuracy. I know the factory 700 trigger is great, but it isn't kind to being messed with. Also, they are starting to ship the new X-mark triggers in the SPS line, and no one knows how to adjust them! I do not want a 5 pound trigger, I already have a non-adjustable 5.5 lb trigger in my current rifle. The Tikka seems like it is a better rifle accuracy wise, but I know the Rem 700 will last many lifetimes. I can't say the Tikka has earned that sort of reputation yet.

    Thoughts? Ideas? Is everyone ready for me to stop asking questions?

    :) Thanks in advance everyone.
     
  2. Hooch

    Hooch New Member

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    Hmm id go the alternate route and get the Win M70 over both of those, remmy is good though for killing your spotter when you tug on the bolt and it's chambered on safety haha.
     
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    remmy is a good design, but my next dedicated hunting rifle will probably be a tika cause they're lighter
     
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    do some reading the X-mark trigger, it is being adjusted and is a very good trigger , so I have read.

    I like Rem.
     
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    Get a Tikka. I got to handle on last weekend and was impressed. The bolt was very smooth. The only bad thing was the stock though, kind felt like tupperware. You can get a new stock by McMillan or Manners though.
     
  7. Cannondale

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    I've been seeing some of the groupings people have been making with the Tikka, and I have to say I am leaning towards it. I think the fact that I have a hope of finding the leads for the rifling is nice. I have a feeling I could get this rifle consistently putting 3/4" groups all day long. I still have two weeks to make my decision, so I have some time left to think about it. As is my typical fashion, you guys will see it before most people I know, haha.
     
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    Where did you hear this at? The only rifles I've ever heard of having consistently long throats are one chambered in Weatherby rounds but that has to do with the radius shoulder on the cases.

    edit: after googling it and seeing what people are saying I've seen this in a lot of factory rifles, the OAL usually becomes whatever the magazine will allow in a lot of cases :sad2:
     
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  9. Cannondale

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    I've heard that the .308 caliber rifles are like that too. Normally a .308 round thats around 2.910" OAL is what you are looking to get the oglave .003" off the rifling in a Rem 700, but the cartridge won't feed in the magazine at that length. You can feed it manually, but I already have a single shot.
     
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    Painkiller Sometimes remembering is better than forgetting

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    tikkas are like sakos so they are good. :o Remmys actually have a easily adjustable factor trigger, I have my VSF down to 1 1/2 pounds.
     
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    So which one did you get?
     
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    I get my paycheck at the end of this week. I've decided on the Tikka and I'll be going down to Mc Brides to pick it up.
     
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    Sweet ... what caliber? What does mcbrides want for one?
     
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    Tikka :bowdown: You will not be disappointed, I assure you that.
     
  15. Cannondale

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    I'm getting it in .308, I have tons of components for it, and I like the caliber a lot. McBrides has them for $489, I also have a single-shot .308 that I will be trading in when I get it.
     
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    I'm hoping not. The grouping I've seen people doing with factory ammo has me going :eek3:. I figure handloading is going to produce even better groups, which has me going :bigthumb:.
     
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    I just got my SPS....stock has to go asap.
     
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    If I could only keep one of my guns it would have to be my T3 Tac.
     
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    Awesome. I take it you like the rifle then? What caliber is yours, I don't exactly know what calibers the Tactical model comes in, I'm sure .223 and .308 at least.
     
  20. Goat

    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    just those two.
     
  21. Cannondale

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    Ah, that is very common with factory tactical rifles I guess. Most of them I see only come in those two calibers.
     
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    .223 here.
     
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    :bigthumb:

    Pictures to come.

    Weaver bases are mounted, trigger set down to 2 lbs, and scope mounted.
     
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    Hurray with the pics!
     
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    Taking them right now!

    I'm slow :hsugh:
     

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