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Nephew is picking up a Tikka T3X in 7mm mag. He’s leaning towards using a picatinny rail and rings. Any recommendations for a good rail and ring setup. He will be mounting a scope with 40mm objective so I’d like as low as possible mounting for good cheek weld.

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Not a picatinny but these on the factory rail are low and hard to beat if he has a 1” tube.


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I like the Warne rings that use the receiver grooves but they only seem to make a medium height for the T3x - I’ve also used the rail in the link paired with Warne 1” or 30mm low rings for objectives up to 44mm.

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Question, with the bulit in receiver rails, why would one want to add a rail?

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I found the ability to space the rings as I wanted was a benefit.

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Originally Posted by Kenneth
Question, with the bulit in receiver rails, why would one want to add a rail?

A lot of folks don't like to use the dovetail because most rings don't come with pins or a recoil lug so ring slippage is a real possibility. Especially on hard recoiling chamberings.

The Sportsmatch rings linked above are a really good choice. If you want to spend a bit more and get a "rail" that still uses the dovetail, then I would suggest the Raptor mount from Mountain Tactical. https://www.mountaintactical.com/shop/raptor-mount-1-inch-low-0-moa

They will get you about as low as you can get and still take full advantage of the recoil lug recess on the top of the receiver.

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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

Why do you say that? There are a lot of good scope choices for that rifle that have 40mm objectives.

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Buy some Talley bases and Split rings, rails look bad on a nice rifle. Tikka 22-250



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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

Will be mounting a Vortex Razor HD LH 2-10x40 on it. I think that should be a decent scope for what he’ll be using the rifle for which will primarily be for deer out east and the occasional pronghorn and elk.

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I've recently mounted two Burris FF II 3-9x40's on two Tikka T3x's. One in Sportsmatch rings and one in Warne rings. Both attach to the Tikka dovetail and both have the pin to keep the setup from sliding. Neither comes in a low for 1 inch scopes. Both seem solid but the Warne is noticeably lower. The Warnes seem more robust, but lots of guys testify that the SM rings are very durable. Both seem like good setups. I'll probably go Warne next time. I do also like the idea of a rail but only if it also uses the dovetail and has a pin. I think some do. I'm kind of new to Tikkas but I see why folks like them so much.

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I've been using DNZ's with no complaints. The lows are easily good for 40mm objectives on Tikkas.

I really like my Razor LH HD's. They've worked well for me. The glass is really good. I haven't tried dialing them. I use other scopes for that. For 0-500, the G4 reticle has worked well for me.

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The Area419 rail is the lowest I’m aware of. It’s very nice. I like the Burris XTR Signature rings, but that requires a stock pack or cheek riser to get the cheek weld that I’m looking for.

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Not rail, but I run Talley’s and DNZ.
Affordable and solid.


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Originally Posted by HandgunHTR
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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

Why do you say that? There are a lot of good scope choices for that rifle that have 40mm objectives.
1” tube. Limited elevation travel. If you hunt out west, and you have a wonderfully capable cartridge like the 7RM, why not give yourself the ability to shoot it to its potential? 175’s and 180 high BC’s make it such a gem.

Otherwise, why shoot a 7RM? Get a 6.5 creed, .260, 7-08, and save yourself the recoil punishment and powder burn.

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I have 3 Tikka’s with Warne rings on them. I’m very happy with that setup. No need for a rail for most setups as the rear ring can be placed wherever you want it.

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Originally Posted by SDHNTR
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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

Why do you say that? There are a lot of good scope choices for that rifle that have 40mm objectives.
1” tube. Limited elevation travel. If you hunt out west, and you have a wonderfully capable cartridge like the 7RM, why not give yourself the ability to shoot it to its potential? 175’s and 180 high BC’s make it such a gem.

Otherwise, why shoot a 7RM? Get a 6.5 creed, .260, 7-08, and save yourself the recoil punishment and powder burn.

I’m with you on the cartridge. I wanted him to get a 7mm-08 or 308 but he was set on the 7mm mag. He’s never going to shoot further than 400

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Originally Posted by SDHNTR
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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

Why do you say that? There are a lot of good scope choices for that rifle that have 40mm objectives.
1” tube. Limited elevation travel. If you hunt out west, and you have a wonderfully capable cartridge like the 7RM, why not give yourself the ability to shoot it to its potential? 175’s and 180 high BC’s make it such a gem.

Otherwise, why shoot a 7RM? Get a 6.5 creed, .260, 7-08, and save yourself the recoil punishment and powder burn.

The Vortex Razor HD LH 2-10x40 that the OP mentioned is going on the rifle has 90MOA of elevation travel. That is more than enough for a 7Mag. I also have seen no appreciable difference in a hunting scope between 1" and 30mm tubes.

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Originally Posted by HandgunHTR
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Capable cartridge. Sounds like he may be handicapping it potentially with his scope choice.

Why do you say that? There are a lot of good scope choices for that rifle that have 40mm objectives.
1” tube. Limited elevation travel. If you hunt out west, and you have a wonderfully capable cartridge like the 7RM, why not give yourself the ability to shoot it to its potential? 175’s and 180 high BC’s make it such a gem.

Otherwise, why shoot a 7RM? Get a 6.5 creed, .260, 7-08, and save yourself the recoil punishment and powder burn.

The Vortex Razor HD LH 2-10x40 that the OP mentioned is going on the rifle has 90MOA of elevation travel. That is more than enough for a 7Mag. I also have seen no appreciable difference in a hunting scope between 1" and 30mm tubes.

Ok, fair enough again, I stand corrected. That’s a decent amount of travel. Still think there are better choices, but I also suppose there are far worse choices too.

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