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Old 01-04-2021, 07:42 PM
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Got my heart set on a stainless laminate in Win .270. Now just trying to decide if I should splurge on the Sako 85 or save some cash and go with the Tikka T3X. What are the pros and cons that people have experienced with either?
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:03 PM
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That depends on precisely what makes you feel good. Fondle or shoot them both. Either will shoot real well.
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:19 PM
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If I had the extra coin I'd go with the Sako...
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:26 PM
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The Tikka will save a few bucks and should shoot well, but does not compare to the 85. Buy the Sako and you will have that rifle for the rest of your life.
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:39 PM
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Buy the sako, the fact that your thinking about it will make you regret not spending the coin. The sako is a nicer rifle with a higher quality feel.

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Old 01-04-2021, 08:51 PM
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Sold a Sako Fibreclass and bought a T3 and couldnt be happier.Two totally different styles of gun.I wanted lighter and surprisingly the Tikka shoots better than Sako did.
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Old 01-04-2021, 09:02 PM
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..suppose i shouldn't comment because i've never had a sako, but...i have two tika t3's (one .270 & one 22-250). i've never owned a rifle i liked as well (55 yrs hunting). they both shoot remarkably and i love everything about them......who knows what i'd have to say about a sako?
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Old 01-04-2021, 09:44 PM
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Got my heart set on a stainless laminate in Win .270. Now just trying to decide if I should splurge on the Sako 85 or save some cash and go with the Tikka T3X. What are the pros and cons that people have experienced with either?

No plastic on the Sako. Infinitely better mags. True sized actions.

Only advantage the Tikka offers is a lighter gun.
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Old 01-04-2021, 10:39 PM
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Love my sako but have had issues with the mag. I really can’t choose between the two in general


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Old 01-04-2021, 10:48 PM
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Having never owned a sako and loving tikka, I’d go for an older sako and just eventually rebarrel it if it came down to it.
If you’re already eyeing up sako, get a 75

But this is just an opinion worth as much as you paid for it
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Old 01-04-2021, 10:57 PM
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Having never owned a sako and loving tikka, I’d go for an older sako and just eventually rebarrel it if it came down to it.
If you’re already eyeing up sako, get a 75

But this is just an opinion worth as much as you paid for it
A 75 would be a great choice.. if he could find one.
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Old 01-04-2021, 11:07 PM
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When it comes to accuracy, good luck trying to convince me that a Sako with shoot better than the two Tikkas I have.
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Old 01-05-2021, 01:12 AM
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I own both Tikka and Sako rifles, and as other have said, the Sako is a nicer finished rifle.

That being said, Tikka rifles will generally shoot as well as Sako at less cost, so a buyer could spend the money saved on the Tikka and use it towards an optics upgrade.
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Old 01-07-2021, 12:12 PM
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I own both brands - a Sako Finnlight in .270 WSM and a 7mm and 25-06 in the Tikka stainless/laminate. They all shoot very well. My Tikkas have been hunted more over the years. No issues with the plastic bits ever. If I was in the market for another rifle would buy a Tikka again without a second thought.
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Old 01-07-2021, 01:00 PM
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If you want a gun that will become a heredity piece that will get passed down through the generations get the Sako. If it is just for you, short term or strictly about form over function get the Tikka. Both shoot great, personally I like fine rifles that will get passed down and budget isn't a reason for me not to buy the nicer gun but not everyone has that perspective.
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Old 01-07-2021, 01:24 PM
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Cabela's in Calgary has Sako S20 SS Cerakote in 270 Win. $ 2049.99 20"barrel.

This is my Hunter S20 in 300 Win Mag 24" barrel.

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Old 01-07-2021, 01:36 PM
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My 2 cents, If you can afford the Sako go for it, if not the Tikka will do fine,
That new Sako S20 up there ^^^ looks interesting, Oh Oh
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Old 01-07-2021, 03:44 PM
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The Sako and Tikka LS rifles are beautiful looking. I have Sako m75 rifles (SS and Greywolf models) and owned a couple T3 LS rifles. The Tikka were great shooters-sold them to my inlaws.

Sako 85 rifles will give you an Action size for the caliber you want, double stack metal magazine. As mentioned no plastic parts. Cant comment on the T3X models.


I am seriously considering a Sako S20 in a 6.5CM.

As mentioned, If you can find a used Sako 75 Greywolf in the caliber you want , be a great option. I prefer the stock on the model 75 and these rifles were pre-Beretta USA purchasing Sako/Tikka.
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Old 01-07-2021, 04:13 PM
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I am seriously considering a Sako S20 in a 6.5CM.

I think I saw one on CGN this week.
Seller mentioned something like unfired because it doesn’t meet F class rules.

No affiliation and don’t know the guy. I think it was a 6.5 cm.
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Old 01-07-2021, 05:21 PM
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I had a 25-06 ss/laminate t3 that shot good. I had a t3x superlite in 7 rem mag that shot great. Sold them both to upgrade to better quality rifles. I don't regret selling them as even though they shot good or better than good. They always left me wanting better fit/finish and something to hand down to my boys that is nicer than cookie cutter plastic parts. I like Tikka rifles but the gun that is getting mailed to me right now is a Sako. Tikka makes a good work horse gun. I say buy the Sako if that's what you want.
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Old 01-07-2021, 06:46 PM
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Well I bought one of each this Fall. The Tikka is putting 5 shots into an inch out of the box. SAKO stainless laminate is getting boxed up and sent back this weekend to their warranty department. Not impressed.

Buy two Tikkas.
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Old 01-07-2021, 06:56 PM
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Well I bought one of each this Fall. The Tikka is putting 5 shots into an inch out of the box. SAKO stainless laminate is getting boxed up and sent back this weekend to their warranty department. Not impressed.

Buy two Tikkas.
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:22 PM
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I see a couple of comments recommending Sako 75. Just curious why? How is it different/better than Sako 85?

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Old 01-07-2021, 07:51 PM
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I see a couple of comments recommending Sako 75. Just curious why? How is it different/better than Sako 85?

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The 75 bolt face fully encloses the case head, the 85 only partially. Apart from that, not really much other than the 75 is a Sako 75 th Anniversary model.
I had a 75 model in 7 STW. Kinda wish I had kept it. Great shooter.
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:10 PM
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Absolutely love my two T3X's. Both are great shooters, especially considering how light they are.

That being said, I've always drooled over a Sako Bavarian... One day I'll pick one up and I know I wont be disappointed.
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Old 01-07-2021, 08:32 PM
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I have both and they shoot equally well, great triggers on both. I prefer the sakos as you can top load the mags and the actions are sized to caliber. I would say though that the tikka has a bit smoother action. You can't go wrong with either

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Old 01-07-2021, 08:49 PM
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tikka will for sure do the job, i got a t3x lite

sako is my next purchase if i decide to make a change
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:16 PM
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Sako every time
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Old 01-07-2021, 10:23 PM
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I have an older Tikka T3, Sako 85 and several older AV, Vixens etc. I love them all. Older model AV's fit me best, then Tikka, then the model 85, then the vixen's. ALL shoot, all function, all shoot sub moa, some just feel better in the hand then the others.

Buy the one that fits you and your wallet best.
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Old 01-07-2021, 11:50 PM
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I'd say tikka. Performance wise, they'll be both the same since tikka barrels and sako barrels are made in the same factory.

Plus side is that Tikka alot more customizable due to the size of the aftermarket for the gun.

Plus, you have extra money for the scope, scope rings, base and ammunition.

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