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Tikka Superlight

I think I just fell in love.  I didn't really need a new rifle, but the idea of a reasonably priced 5.8lb unscoped rifle was too much to resist.  The SL is available only at Cabelas or Sportsman's Warehouse, I bought the one from SW in 30-06.  It's essentually the t-3 light stainless with a fluted barrel.

I made note of the 1" guarantee, but didn't really believe it.  I've never purchased a brand new rifle that shot that well out of the box.  As it turns out I should have been more optimistic.  I'm not setup to reload 06's, so purchased two boxes of factory ammo.  The Horanady Superperformance 165grn GMX grouped in .80 inches.  I has really pleased, until the Barnes vor-tx 180 ttsx's grouped at .5".  That's way better performance than I need from a backpacking 06.

Recoil wasn't unbearable, but after 40 or so rounds I'm sporting a nicely bruised shoulder.  It wasn't bad enough to cause any flinching, but I wouldn't want to shoot the .300 win mag.  I suspect the .270 would be about perfect.

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Tikka makes a great

Tikka makes a great product.

I have yet to use one for hunting, but if I was serious about buying a new rifle, that would be among the considerations.

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I have 2 Tikkas now and love

I have 2 Tikkas now and love the way they shoot. I looked at the one you have at Cabela's with a camo stock, they claimed it to be exclusive so maybe it was the pattern or something. I did consider it nut found one with a laminated stock on the used rack in unfired condition for 150 less in .270wsm so grabbed that one instead.

You may be perfectly happy with the trigger as it is but you can adjust it down easily for a lighter pull that just amazing for a factory rifle. My son has a left hand 22-250 that will shoot like ours all day long. I have not yet fired the .270 but hope to get out soon now that it's finallygetting a little warmer.

Congratulations on your purchase it will serve you well.

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That sounds like a really

That sounds like a really great rifle for pack-in hunting. Or really for any hunting, as far as that goes. I think if I were to get one, I'd also opt for the .270, mainly because I've always liked that caliber, but never had one.

On my budget, however, I'll probably just stick with my faithful Ruger M77 in .308. By handloading, I can get very adequate performance for anything I'm planning on hunting at this time.

That Tikka will serve you well for many years to come.

Good hunting!

 

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The cabelas version is camo,

The cabelas version is camo, the sportsmans warehouse version is a plain black stock.

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Tikka Superlight

Sounds like a great purchase.  The only thing I might recommend is a Limbsaver recoil pad. Good hunting!

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+1 on the Limbsaver. For now

+1 on the Limbsaver. For now I just removed the factory one and put on a slip on from WalMart. They have the Limbsaver with a Winchester label on it for only 20 bucks but if you buy the same one somewhere else it will cost you 40.

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