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Thread: Tikka t3 ss or Sako a7

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    Tikka t3 ss or Sako a7

    I am looking to purchase my first rifle and have been looking at the .270 tikka t3. But noticed the sako a7 only costs abit more. It looks very similar to the tikka and was wondering if any one has used either of these rifles and what ur recommendations are. It will be used mainly deer

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFWaikato View Post
    I am looking to purchase my first rifle and have been looking at the .270 tikka t3. But noticed the sako a7 only costs abit more. It looks very similar to the tikka and was wondering if any one has used either of these rifles and what ur recommendations are. It will be used mainly deer
    I'm looking to get into a different caliber and have been so close to buying new as well , Im going for long action so I can't see the point on the extra$ 500 on a7 I'm gunna put that towards better glass . Someone please put me straight on this ,but was told you can't rebarrel a a7 .?. One thing I don't like with the t3 is it looks like you can't load the mag or chamber without remove the mag .

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    Hi HFWaikato
    Was in the same situation as you end of last year, discussed the option of t3 or a7 with a couple of gunsmiths both said t3, both said a7 wasn't worth extra $, spend $ saved on a better scope, talked to 4 gun shops about a t3 270 three of them suggested 6.5x55 would be a better caliber also talked to one of the above gunsmiths about 6.5x55 he agreed, so thought what the hell brought a t3 6.5x55 and never looked back shoots superb very happy wouldn't hesitate buying another t3.

    Munsey Yes a t3 can be loaded with a single round mag in or out, mag would be difficult to load in rifle why try when you can take it out & load it in half the time.

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    The t3 in 270 caliber is great on deer, loaded up with mag fit 135 Sierra matchkings you will harvest most species out to 500yrds.
    Save the extra cash and buy the best scope you can
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    A big fast bullet beats a little fast bullet every time

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    Save the extra cash and buy the best scope you can
    What he said.

    $500 more spent on a scope will generally buy you a lot more "improvement" than $500 more spent on a rifle.

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    a A7 is just a t3 with a different stock,the sako brand name on it and 3 locking lugs... and a stupid accuracy gurantee... ive got 4?5? t3's and they are all sub MOA easily... go for the t3 and use the $$$ for better glass or use it to buy some bino's!

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    love my tikka so im a +1 for the extra money on scope

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    I'm lookin at selling my A7 in .270 with reloading gear and rings. PM me if you want to talk turkey

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    [QUOTE=Rock river arms hunter;21736]a A7 is just a t3 with a different stock,the sako brand name on it and 3 locking lugs... and a stupid accuracy gurantee... QUOTE]
    So other than the action, the magazine and the stock the A7 and the T3 are basically the same... so basically they have the same barrel?

    Both rifles have their pros and cons.
    I prefer the action on the A7 (mainly the ability to load through the action and the three locking lugs).
    I prefer the stock shape/feel on the A7 over the T3 (synthetic stock anyway).
    I prefer a wooden stock and a blued action - the A7 only comes with an synthetic stock.
    I prefer the price tag on the T3!

    For a first rifle i would reccommend a T3. I hope you have a bit of shooting experience behind you cause i would expect you to put a limbsaver on your T3 straight away in .270. Not a caliber i would have recommended straight away, not in a light weight rifle anyway.

    I would probably buy the T3 and spend the extra cash on a suppressor! Better quality scope won't stop you building a flinch into your shooting.

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    [QUOTE=Gillie;21753]
    Quote Originally Posted by Rock river arms hunter View Post
    a A7 is just a t3 with a different stock,the sako brand name on it and 3 locking lugs... and a stupid accuracy gurantee... QUOTE]
    So other than the action, the magazine and the stock the A7 and the T3 are basically the same... so basically they have the same barrel?

    Both rifles have their pros and cons.
    I prefer the action on the A7 (mainly the ability to load through the action and the three locking lugs).
    I prefer the stock shape/feel on the A7 over the T3 (synthetic stock anyway).
    I prefer a wooden stock and a blued action - the A7 only comes with an synthetic stock.
    I prefer the price tag on the T3!

    For a first rifle i would reccommend a T3. I hope you have a bit of shooting experience behind you cause i would expect you to put a limbsaver on your T3 straight away in .270. Not a caliber i would have recommended straight away, not in a light weight rifle anyway.

    I would probably buy the T3 and spend the extra cash on a suppressor! Better quality scope won't stop you building a flinch into your shooting.
    Top post...it is the flinch that gets so many of them.

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    The marlin Xl7 in .270 is very nice to shoot and won't give you a flinch and same goes for the ruger M77 Hawkeye all weather bit lighter than the marlin but a bit heavier than the T3 and won't kick you like the T3 will plus you get a free pentax scope with the ruger. First rifle I shot in .270 was a BRNO zkk600 and I ended up getting put off of shooting the .270 caliber after shooting the BRNO a few times till I had a go with a ruger and a marlin in that caliber this year and has actually rekindled my interest in using the .270 or .280 when I can afford a new toy.

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    Thanks for all the feed back. Will be looking at a t3 with a better scope. Have abit of shooting experience behind me but in saying that most of it has been with heavy stocks than the t3. I have also heard the kick on the t3 270 is nasty. Any views on this, and would a limbsaver alone be enough or better to get it suppressed? Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFWaikato View Post
    Thanks for all the feed back. Will be looking at a t3 with a better scope. Have abit of shooting experience behind me but in saying that most of it has been with heavy stocks than the t3. I have also heard the kick on the t3 270 is nasty. Any views on this, and would a limbsaver alone be enough or better to get it suppressed? Thank you
    Put it this way a t3 7-08 gave me recoil flinch a few years ago, if you do end up buying one buy it with a mac millan stock... or alternatively buy a hogue stocked HOWA! I find the howa's kick alot less and will shoot just as accurately, add to that a 3 position safety and the ability to make it take 10 round mags in short action... you cannot go wrong!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFWaikato View Post
    Thanks for all the feed back. Will be looking at a t3 with a better scope. Have abit of shooting experience behind me but in saying that most of it has been with heavy stocks than the t3. I have also heard the kick on the t3 270 is nasty. Any views on this, and would a limbsaver alone be enough or better to get it suppressed? Thank you
    Lots of people recon the tikkas boot but I honestly cant tell the difference between my mates 7mm rem mag tikka and my 308 sako 85.
    they both go bang and give you a push. I reckon its the noise or poor technique letting the rifle slap you(but mostly the noise) that creates a flinch.
    My 2 cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock river arms hunter View Post
    Put it this way a t3 7-08 gave me recoil flinch a few years ago, if you do end up buying one buy it with a mac millan stock... or alternatively buy a hogue stocked HOWA! I find the howa's kick alot less and will shoot just as accurately, add to that a 3 position safety and the ability to make it take 10 round mags in short action... you cannot go wrong!
    you you read the shit you say before you dribble it out?
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