Well, I finally got my rifle, scoped it, and targeted it in. I LOVE IT!!!!!
My Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in 300 WSM is the perfect rifle for hunting. It is LIGHT!!! It is ACCURATE (3 shots - two holes) at 100 yards with factory ammo - Federal 180 grn. It is not as punishing as I was told it would be. As a matter of fact, it is comfortable to shoot. I do recommend something like the "Lead Caddy" for target shooting simply because you will not develope the "flinch" as easily and taking the "hunting" shot is not the same as taking the "target" or practice shot. The second type is much more punishing when shooting up a box of ammo. I can't wait for my 25-06, 7mm 08, 223, 308.........
I tried the DNZ product, "Game Reaper" low mount with my Bushnell 3200 Elite 3x9x40 scope and could not get the scope to sit where I wanted it. However, I can tell you that the folks at DNZ are wonderful and the mounts look great on top of the Tikka. The factory supplied rings are in the trash. I am using WARNE Maxima rings and the folks there are as good as they come. I found that Millett makes the clamp type rings and QD as does WARNE. However, I believe that WARNE Maxima are the better. You can pay more for the tactical rings but I do not feel they are needed. I also REALLY like the Torque wrench WARNE sells. It is worth the money $25.00. The best suppliers for rings and bases for the Tikka are SAKO (not Tikka supplied rings), Leupold, DNZ, Warne, Talley. and Millett. I prefer to not have the base or base part of the rings as in DNZ (one piece), Talley (one piece), Leupold, and SAKO (both two piece - base and rings) with the screws that attach the mounts to the rifle hidden by the scope. I want to check the screws from time to time and I have to remove the scope to do that. At $70+ a box of hunting ammo, resighting in the rifle is toooooooooooooo expensive. With the WARNE Maxima rings (not QD) I have access to all the screws and with the WARNE torque wrench, checking the tightness is a breeze - without stripping the screws or tool.
I really like the smaller/shorter scopes for big game hunting. The overall sex appeal or look of the rifle is better when the entire package is tight and light. It is easier to craddle in my arms when walking on tricky ground. And for large game, I really don't need to see the animal's eye color to know if I want to take the shot. I LOVE my Bushnell 3200 Elite 3x9x40. It is as bright as my friends Swarovsky, as clear as any scope I have used, and has all of the power I care for with game the size of yotes to elk.
My choice of caliber is the 300wsm. It is a 30/06 with a meaner bite. However, Tikka makes enough versions with enough calibers to suit any shooter. The trigger is as good as it gets, the rifle is tough but light weight. And, if the stock does ever go out, the action and barrel deserve a finer fiberglass stock. However, I have been in touch with enough Tikka shooters to feel secure in the life of the stock.
AND, the "plastic" mag is plenty strong and tough enough for the everyday shooter/hunter like me.
I really can not say enough about my TIKKA T3 LITE STAINLESS rifle. Get one or more if you can.