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#4750765 - 12/27/10 03:52 PM Tikka T3 Superlight review.....
hardway Offline
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Registered: 02/04/09
Posts: 701
Loc: Norcal
So I bought one in 300winmag. The idea of a sub 7lb all up magnum interested me. I already have a couple Kimber Montana's in 308win and 223 and also a T3 in 308win so to complete my lightweight lineup I needed a lightweight magnum.
I started at sportsmans....I dont recall the exact price but it was right at $775 or so OTD. When I picked it up I also grabbed a box of Winchester Supremes loaded with 180gr Nosler Accubonds. When I got it home last night I weighed it...Not 5.8lbs but right at 5lbs 10ozs with the factory supplied rings and mag in the gun. I then (after reading the Tikka ring thread) went to the hardware store and bought some high grade stainless/metric button head cap screws and sockett head cap screws to replace the factory ones......Grabbed a Leupy VX2 2x7x33lr I had in the safe and mounted her up. With the scope mounted...no ammo or sling It weighs right at 6lbs 8ozs.





Today, after a good cleaning of the gun/bore I loaded it up and headed to the range.......Now regardless of how some of you feel about "barrel break in" I've done it and not done it and have'nt seen a difference so I did'nt do it on this one as well. Here are the results...First and second shots I was twisting on the adjustments and then I let 3 rounds fly for a group of right at .580 or so.



I remembered why I liked these Tikkas so much my 308win was just as easy...no fussin around trying to find a handload that works or having 3-4 half shot boxes of factory stuff. I later fired 2 more 5 shot groups that both measured right around .800.....All with off the shelf Winchester Ammo. Now as far as looks go It aint as handsome as the kimbers...fit and finish is about what you would expect on a mostly plastic rifle, but for a Sub 7lb all up magnum that most guys can afford I dont see how you can go wrong.

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#4750800 - 12/27/10 04:01 PM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
hardway Offline
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Registered: 02/04/09
Posts: 701
Loc: Norcal
LOL....I almost forgot. Hows the recoil? Well I honestly expected worse. I have a wood stocked 300 weatherby mk5 and I would rate them pretty equal. I also have a wood stocked Browning Abolt in 325wsm that puts this rifle to shame in the OMG that hurt department. The Tikka has that big magnum thump but not a too much muzzle jump, it must be due to the stock design. I ran 16 or so rounds through it today with no issue.

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#4750975 - 12/27/10 04:39 PM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
dogcatcher223 Offline
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Registered: 03/29/05
Posts: 13070
Loc: Kolorado
Awesome! I think the magnums weigh more than standard because they have a 24" tube?

I spoke to Beretta, and that is indeed a Finnlight barrel, on a Tikka action.

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#4750987 - 12/27/10 04:41 PM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
remfak Offline
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Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 3385
Loc: Highlands Ranch, CO
I have a T3 Lite/Stainless in a 300WM that sh.oots lights out!! It shoots hand-rolled 200 grain Accubonds into tiny little holes. I put a Limbsaver on it and the recoil doesn't bother me one bit. It gets harder and harder not to leave the house with this one.

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#4751792 - 12/27/10 08:16 PM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: remfak]
yukonal Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
Posts: 3014
Loc: MN
Hardway, thanks for the report. Tikka's are the best rifle built for under a grand...all things considered. I think I have a Limbsaver I took off one. Shoot me a pm if you want it.
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#4751968 - 12/27/10 09:21 PM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: yukonal]
highridge1 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 5467
Loc: NW Montana
Watch those factory rings they are a big problem on the magnums. The recoil pin in the ring will actually drive itself through the ring from the recoil.I have seen his happen 3 times so far with proper mounting. I put warnes on all tikka's problem solved.
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#4752153 - 12/28/10 12:10 AM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
Salmotrutta Offline
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Registered: 10/06/09
Posts: 289
Loc: SW Colorado
Thanks for the review. I have had nearly the same result with my Superlight in .30-06. It's just the easiest shooting gun I have ever owned. I question your weights though. My .30-06 weighed 5 lbs 12 oz out of the box, exactly the advertised 5.8 lbs. Now you have 2" more barrel and only a tiny bit less metal in the chamber and on the bolt face, otherwise the barrel taper, action, and stock are identical. I would think you would have to be right around 5 lbs 14 oz bare. I checked mine on three separate scales, of course I could be off a bit too.
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#4752785 - 12/28/10 08:09 AM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: Salmotrutta]
remfak Offline
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Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 3385
Loc: Highlands Ranch, CO
I put Talley's on mine and have not had any issues.

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#4753122 - 12/28/10 09:29 AM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: remfak]
dogcatcher223 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 03/29/05
Posts: 13070
Loc: Kolorado
question:

Do the super lites and standard T3 have the same profile barrel? I thought they had the same profile, just one had flutes. Looking at the pic above, it looks like a heavier barrel, with heavy flutes.

thanks.

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#4753278 - 12/28/10 10:16 AM Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: dogcatcher223]
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Registered: 04/19/08
Posts: 3940
Loc: Ventura County CA
Good review I do miss the sportsmans warehouse's they closed out here now the nearest one 400 miles away!

Hopefully I can get up to Sacramento in January and grab a superlight in 30-06....
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