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Location: New Brunswick
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Tikka

I am looking to purchase a 30-06 Tikka riffle as my very first rifle. I believe it is the T3 Lite with copolymer stock and open sights. I would like to get your thought about this rifle… Also, if you could tell me a little about the relationship with Sako and Beretta that would be great? Oops!

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I had a Tikka M55 some years ago and it was one beautiful weapon. A few others I seen were very fine and I never heard of any complaints.

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Location: texas
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Tikka

I have three tikka rifles and they always work just great. My .30-06 is a fine gun and handles quite well. Tikka is the chevrolet (but work longer and better) while sako is the cadillac, both are made by sako of finland. Beretta has the marketing rights for the US for sako.. That is why they are involved. Tikka rifles are cheaper than sako but all three zeroed out of the box with 3 or 4 shots. I get all mine synthetic stocks because I cannot stand to injure a wood stock. The synthetics don't care. Go ahead and get one and enjoy.

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Location: Idaho
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Tikka

I am considering the Tikka T3 in 30.06 as well. I was searching through the site and found this post. I just looked at one for the first time today at Cabelas and as I was driving home, I got to wondering about how easy it is to clean since it does not have an open receiver on top like the Sako does. Can anyone comment. I did like the feel and action on the rifle.

I am looking for a new .30-06 in the $600 range. At the moment I prefer the Tikka in the stainless/synthetic and the Ruger M77 in stainless/laminate. Any others I should look at?

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One other question....

How many .30-06 rounds can you get in the T3 magazine? The guy at the store said he thought 4 for the 06 but my research is looking like 3.

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Location: new brunswick
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although ruger will be your cheapest choice check out the stainless stalkers by browning. there very nice as well. i think there about 6 1/2lbs.

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Location: texas
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I can put 3 7mm-08, .30-06, and .300wim mag in the magazine, with a fourth in the chamber once i am in the blind, i have not needed more than one usually, so the capacity is fine. I do not have any trouble cleaning my tikkas, but then i have not stripped them completely down either. very smooth bolt action and less recoil per caliber than the savage .30-06 i had and the winchester .300 mag i still have. I keep it because it went to canada and namibia with me and is a good friend. but i still like my tikka .300 better--shorter barrel and less recoil. Thumbs up

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as far as magazine capacity goes, in the 7-08, 308, etc there are 2 models, 3 or 5 I believe - My 7mm rem mag and 300 win mag both hold 3 in the mag - the Ruger is a well made quality firearm but there is only one model that breaks 7 lb I thing - in the Abolt 6.5 lbs is only a dream, not sure on the Xbolt - I own and use Tikka T3's now and up to and including 300 win mags they are as good (or better for the money) as any other gun - they all seem to have their afficianados and detractors, for MY money I'll take a Tikka over Kimber, Browning, Remington, Winchester, Marlin but if weight is not a big factor Savage makes an accurate rifle as does Weatherby (Vanguard) and there are others ....

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forgot ..... Beretta USA owns Sako, Tikka, Benelli, Franchi and I've lost track of how many other reputable companies - I think maybe Tikka and Sako are made in the same shop NOW but that did not used to be the case, Tikka was a stand alone company and some time after they all merged the smiths at Sako were summarily called "on the carpet" for WHY Tikka was eating their lunch for them !  It was due to the fact that, then at least, Each Tikka was start to finish built by ONE gunsmith and logged under that smith's name in the books - simply stated ? it was PRIDE and Tikka earned that distinction - FWIW, Sako still had their issues with the fine points of their rifles ie; magazine feeding and quality

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