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Old 11-26-2013, 10:45 AM
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Default Tikka T3/Long rang shooting

I was thinking of getting into long range target shooting i own i tikka t3 lite chambered in 300 win mag. what are the main differences between this version of tikka and the tactical version? and since the tikka t3 tac is a bit out of my price range would it be advisable to switch my barrel over to a heavy one and where would i even start looking for a heavier barrel for this thing?
Also if you guys wanna share your long range hunting rifle setup so i could get ideas of where i wanna go with mine that would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:05 AM
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The 300 winmag wouldn't be my choice for target shooting. I use a T-3 Varmint in 6.5x55 for my informal target shooting.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:13 AM
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what's the price difference between the 2 you mentioned? customizing a rifle doesn't come cheap either; but will generally give you better results depending on your expectations, lee
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:36 AM
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I would also recommend a T3 varmint.

i use a T3 Varmint HB in .243 for all my longer range target shooting, works great for me.

I wouldn't recommend the 300WM in the lite in that barrel is real skinny and heats up very fast. My brother has the T3 lam/ss in 300WM (Same as lite/SS but with a laminate stock AFAIK), 3-4 rounds and the barrel is cooking.

Tac version is a heavy barrel, (same as varmint but park'd) and includes the muzzle brake. Big price difference comes from tactical adjustable stock and pic rail.

Functionally no different as far as I know, same action and barrel, just a different finish and stock plus the brake.

If you want a Tikka long-range rig, I would sell the 300WM lite and buy a varmint in your choice of caliber.

Tacticals are $1700-$1800, whereas the varmint can be had for $1050. Depends if you want the stock and brake.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:40 AM
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300WM will work fine for long distance target shooting, has for many years. You should have no trouble getting to a mile or more with a good set up. I'm not real familiar with 30 cal stuff off the top of my head, or Tikka, but you may want to look at a tighter-twisted barrel to throw heavy, high BC bullets...that's what it takes to get out there...
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:42 AM
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Tikka uses 11" twist for it's .30's, plenty to get heavier.

My bigger concern is the 'lite' barrel profile. Worked fine in my .223 for 5-6 shots. But the .300 is gonna heat up real fast unless you like waiting!
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:43 AM
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I have a T-3 Tactical in .223 as well, and it didn't come with a brake, although the barrel is threaded for one. The only real difference is the adjustable cheek piece, and parkerized finish on the Tactical. I only purchased the Tactical, because it was offered to me at a great price.
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http://www.tikka.ca/pdf/specs/T3VarmintStainless.pdf

Tons of options for the varmint. Great rifles imo.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:57 PM
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My opinion is this. If your going to use a 300 win mag it better be heavy. If its not it won't get shot enough for you to become proficient with it at long range.
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forgot to mention i will be using this for hunting also, so i want take down power
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:53 PM
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forgot to mention i will be using this for hunting also, so i want take down power
Varmint can be had in 7mm RM, 300 WM, 300 WSM, etc. Take your pick!
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Old 11-26-2013, 02:12 PM
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The Tikka T3 is a great rifle. I bought the 7mm and had Dave Henry build a muzzle break for it which works wonders. I also reduced the the trigger pull.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:05 PM
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forgot to mention i will be using this for hunting also, so i want take down power
This is why you need to be able to practice. LOTS.
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