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Old 09-17-2019, 03:52 PM
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Default Tikka T3 VS Browning Hells Canyon

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I am trying to decide between a tikka t3 or a browning hells canyon speed

I have had a t3, but not a hells canyon and am wondering about the cerekote finish and how it stands up to the elements.

would love some reviews and thoughts before I pull the trigger on either one

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Old 09-17-2019, 04:03 PM
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I much prefer the trigger on the T-3, other than that, there isn't a huge difference between them.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:21 PM
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There is a huge tikka following and that gives you tons of aftermarket options. Not so much for browning.
Browning makes lots of window stickers and not many guns.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:22 PM
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Hello

I am trying to decide between a tikka t3 or a browning hells canyon speed

I have had a t3, but not a hells canyon and am wondering about the cerekote finish and how it stands up to the elements.

would love some reviews and thoughts before I pull the trigger on either one

thank you
Personally I like the T3s. Depending on your budget and preferred caliber, there isn't a huge price jump to go from a Hell's Canyon to a Christensen Mesa.
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:11 PM
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I had a t3 but sold it a while back. Recently purchased a hells canyon speed in 6.5 PRC.
Absolutely love it!
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Old 09-17-2019, 05:55 PM
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They are both decent rifles, I donít like the gold cerecote though, just not my thing. Other than looks I doubt youíll gain any function switching from a Tikka to a Browning, as mentioned above though Iíd opt for a Christensen Mesa before getting a hells canyon.
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My buddy has a Hells Canyon in 300 win. I find the barrel is very pencil like and the cerakote is prone to chipping. My personal preference would be a stainless stalker if you were looking at comparing a Browning to the Tikka. Tikka also has a new model out that is cerkoted if that's what you like. T3 Lite Special Edition
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:22 PM
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My buddy has a Hells Canyon in 300 win. I find the barrel is very pencil like and the cerakote is prone to chipping. My personal preference would be a stainless stalker if you were looking at comparing a Browning to the Tikka. Tikka also has a new model out that is cerkoted if that's what you like. T3 Lite Special Edition
after doing some reading, the chipping cerekote issue seems common
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:24 AM
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If you have any idea what a good trigger is you will realize right away that the Browning needs a trigger upgrade right out of the box where the tikka does not.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:31 AM
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I have a t3 in a 300 win mag and a hells canyon in a 28 nosler, took me a considerable amount of time working up a load with the 300 to even come close to the 28 nosler off the shelf. Take that for what it is but itís the truth for my two guns.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:55 AM
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I have a t3 in a 300 win mag and a hells canyon in a 28 nosler, took me a considerable amount of time working up a load with the 300 to even come close to the 28 nosler off the shelf. Take that for what it is but itís the truth for my two guns.
I have owned four T-3 rifles, all shot 1/2 moa or better, the first time out. All shot sub 1/2moa within two range visits. Two friends T-3 rifles are still shooting the first load that was tested in them. Four of these rifles are T-3 Varmints, one Supervarmint, and one CTR. I have found the T-3 rifles to be extremely forgiving as far as load preference.
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I have owned four T-3 rifles, all shot 1/2 moa or better, the first time out. All shot sub 1/2moa within two range visits. Two friends T-3 rifles are still shooting the first load that was tested in them. Four of these rifles are T-3 Varmints, one Supervarmint, and one CTR. I have found the T-3 rifles to be extremely forgiving as far as load preference.
And your experience with the hells canyon is?
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:23 AM
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And your experience with the hells canyon is?
Very limited at one rifle in 6.5CM, but when 6 out of 6 of the T-3 rifles that I have personal experience with, will put five rounds in 1/2moa at 100m, accuracy isn't a factor, in the comparison.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:56 PM
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I have a t3 in a 300 win mag and a hells canyon in a 28 nosler, took me a considerable amount of time working up a load with the 300 to even come close to the 28 nosler off the shelf. Take that for what it is but itís the truth for my two guns.
I found the same exact thing. Now own a xbolt stainless stalker in .280 Rem, xbolt long range in 300 wm, and a hell's canyon speed in 6.5 prc.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:00 PM
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Very limited at one rifle in 6.5CM, but when 6 out of 6 of the T-3 rifles that I have personal experience with, will put five rounds in 1/2moa at 100m, accuracy isn't a factor, in the comparison.
As the op said would love some reviews, you have half of it fingered out, Jimm/Huntingfamily came with knowledge of them both

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Old 09-18-2019, 06:15 PM
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As the op said would love some reviews, you have half of it fingered out, Jimm/Huntingfamily came with knowledge of them both
Knowledge of a single example of each, I only have experience with one Hells Canyon, but six T-3s, which is more than both posters combined mentioned. I don't judge the accuracy of any rifle model based on one example. I have worked with several X -bolts, but only one was a Hells Canyon. If I include all X-bolts, the accuracy edge would go to the T-3 rifles.
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Old 09-19-2019, 05:23 PM
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OP, this may help you...

https://www.mcarbo.com/browning-x-bolt-vs-tikka-t3.aspx
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