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#4750765 - 12/27/10 Tikka T3 Superlight review.....
hardway Offline
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Registered: 02/04/09
Posts: 760
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 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
hardway Offline
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Registered: 02/04/09
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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 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
dogcatcher223 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/05
Posts: 14133
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 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
remfak Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 3390
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 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: remfak]
yukonal Offline
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Registered: 03/04/08
Posts: 3038
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 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: yukonal]
highridge1 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 5469
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 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
Salmotrutta Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 292
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 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: Salmotrutta]
remfak Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 3390
Loc: Highlands Ranch, CO
I put Talley's on mine and have not had any issues.

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#4753122 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: remfak]
dogcatcher223 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/05
Posts: 14133
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 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: dogcatcher223]
old_willys Offline
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Registered: 04/20/08
Posts: 4490
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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#4753351 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: hardway]
leftycarbon Offline
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Registered: 04/09/04
Posts: 3240
Loc: Colorado-7600'
I have the exact same rifle except mine is not a SL, it's a T3 lite. The barrel is not flutted. Right out of the box mine has been a 1/2"-3/4" rifle. Have been seeing these Tikkas shooting in local matches in the factory class for about 4 years. They generally shoot better than any other gun. Triggers are good and never have seen one malfunction in any way. Have seen full magazines drop off a bench onto concrete floors with no damage. Plastic may be ugly, but it is tough.
The factory rings a junk. Replaced mine with Talley LW's

I have several rifles and could basically have used anything I want for this years elk hunt. Took the T3 lite .300 and it worked perfectly in temperatures down to -24.

Elk didn't like it much.



LC

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#4753714 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: leftycarbon]
ChipM Offline
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Registered: 12/10/04
Posts: 2292
Loc: Southern New England
Can some one direct me where to find info on this model. There is nothing on their website and can not find one on Gunbroker. Were these made specifically for Sportsman Warehouse??

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#4753783 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: dogcatcher223]
Salmotrutta Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 292
Loc: SW Colorado
I measured my T3 superlight .30-06 and my T3 lite in .338 win and the barrel taper is the same, just the flutes in the superlight and 2" more barrel on the .338 win.

There is no info on the web that I can find, it appears to be a special makeup for Sportsmans, your best bet is to call your nearest Sportsmans Warehouse, they will ship one to an FFL. The superlight is the same as the lite just a fluted barrel, which saves a few ounces. The superlight also has a very fine satin finish on the barrel, as opposed to the bead blasted look of my lite. Not sure if that's just because the came from different years? I would guess if you found a Sako that had a fluted sporter weight barrel - it would be the same one that's on the Superlight.
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#4753824 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: Salmotrutta]
dogcatcher223 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/05
Posts: 14133
Loc: Kolorado
They are only sold through Cabelas and Sportsman's. The ones at Cabelas are more because they have a camo stock.
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#4753869 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: dogcatcher223]
Oldelkhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/28/04
Posts: 8783
Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher223
They are only sold through Cabelas and Sportsman's. The ones at Cabelas are more because they have a camo stock.


FOr those that live near Columbia, SC the sportsmans warehouse seems to have quite a few in stock ...680 is the selling price

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#4754204 - 12/28/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: Oldelkhunter]
Phil09 Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 97
Loc: Minnesota
Question on the Superlights -

Are they available in 7mm-08? .270 Win?


Thanks,

Phil

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#4755200 - 12/29/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: ChipM]
leftycarbon Offline
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Registered: 04/09/04
Posts: 3240
Loc: Colorado-7600'
I had a local dealer order it from his distributer. Had it in 3 days. Ask your dealer to make a few calls.

LC

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#4755230 - 12/29/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: leftycarbon]
dogcatcher223 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/05
Posts: 14133
Loc: Kolorado
Beretta told me they go straight from the factory to Cabelas or Sportsmans, and they were not available through a dealer???

Phil, they come in 270, 30'06, and 300 Win mag.
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#4756598 - 12/29/10 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: dogcatcher223]
TN deer hunter Offline
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Registered: 01/25/06
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Loc: SE Tennessee
I would love one in a 25-06! Maybe they will offer more in 2011.
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#4768568 - 01/01/11 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: TN deer hunter]
1Longbow Offline
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Registered: 07/30/05
Posts: 542
Do they make one in a lefty in 204 Ruger? 1Longbow

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#4769526 - 01/01/11 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: dogcatcher223]
blargon Offline
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Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 1402
Loc: ON
Originally Posted By: dogcatcher223
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.


My 85 finnlight measures .625" at the muzzle. The 75 finnlights were only .575" at the muzzle. Yet the 85 weighs less.

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#4771644 - 01/02/11 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: TN deer hunter]
sako4me Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 740
Loc: PA
My daughter has one in 25-06 and with the short 22 7/16th" barrel it's VERY portable, in my opinion the super lite probably won't happen in that caliber. Why wait just get the T-3 lite and put a smile on your face.

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#4801564 - 01/10/11 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: sako4me]
langfarm Offline
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Registered: 12/17/10
Posts: 5
Loc: Florida
Anyone know if they make a T3SL in 308?

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#4801577 - 01/10/11 Re: Tikka T3 Superlight review..... [Re: langfarm]
GreatWaputi Offline
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Registered: 11/07/02
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Loc: Land of liberals, hippies, and...
If you read about six posts above, that question has already been answered.....270, .30-06, .300 Win Mag.

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