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#5670866 - 03/26/15 04:57 PM opinions on a quality hunting rifle
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I know this thread has been done to death I am sure but here we go again

I need a hunting rifle for deer pigs etc

.308 and under $750 and must be stainless and synthetic are my requirements

I am looking at the Savage weather warrior 116 and the Tikka T3 Lite stainless

They both look like great rifles. I have read the trigger is better on the Tikka so I am leaning that way.

Any opinions or other similar rifles I am missing in that price range I should consider

Thanks
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#5670867 - 03/26/15 04:59 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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I think you already hit the nail on the head with the 2 options. See which you can find for cheaper and go for it.
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#5670923 - 03/26/15 05:27 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I think you already hit the nail on the head with the 2 options. See which you can find for cheaper and go for it.


Yup.
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#5670947 - 03/26/15 05:39 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Somebody lied to you about a better trigger in the Tikka. The Savage is a great rifle, the Accustock on the Savage is far better then what comes on the Tikka. And something that is very much overlooked, but makes a huge difference in the shooter enjoying shooting a rifle, Savage has an awesome recoil pad.

I've shot older Savages in 308 that kicked like a steroided mule, and when I bought mine that was my first thought when I squeezed the trigger "oh boy here it comes" but I was wrong. Limbsaver and Pachmyer doesn't have anything on the Savage recoil pads.

Both will be good guns, but the Savage will be better
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#5670955 - 03/26/15 05:43 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Personally, I'd go with the Tikka T3 Lite Stainless first, then the Ruger Hawkeye Stainless, then the Savage. I have the first two rifles and don't want the third. But...that's just me.

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#5670965 - 03/26/15 05:47 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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I would go Tikka T3.

I'm sure the Savage is fine. I just can't bring myself to buy one. Kinda like I am about a Dodge pickup. smile
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#5671029 - 03/26/15 06:20 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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I personally like Savage but I have never fired a Tikka. I know a lot of people like Tikka on here so they can't be wrong. I went to Cabelas and picked one up, didn't thrill me to much. My brother just bought a Savage 6.5 Creedmoor with the Accustock for 800. Has a 24" fluted barrel, accutrigger breaks at 2 lbs, and the Accustock is much stiffer than other factory plastic stocks I have handled. We are doing load development this weekend, should be fun.
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#5671068 - 03/26/15 06:52 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Tikka and don't think twice about it!
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#5671103 - 03/26/15 07:12 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Tough decision thanks for the input guys. I am reading bad things about the recoil pad and stock on the the Tikka and how it is hard to load on top.

The Savage is made in the USA and I hear good things about the stock and butt pad.

Not sure how hard it is to load a savage by hand. Can anyone chime in?
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#5671124 - 03/26/15 07:30 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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It's a center feed magazine, never had a problem loading from the top but I isually drop the magazine out to load anyways
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#5671134 - 03/26/15 07:36 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
Tough decision thanks for the input guys. I am reading bad things about the recoil pad and stock on the the Tikka and how it is hard to load on top.

The Savage is made in the USA and I hear good things about the stock and butt pad.

Not sure how hard it is to load a savage by hand. Can anyone chime in?



The people who are having a hard time loading the tikka by hand have other problems.

The Accustock is superior I'm sure. But the standard stock on my buddies new 116 is a horrible piece of crap. So be careful which you chose. The accutrigger is good if your used that style of trigger with the built in safety. The trigger on the tikka is excellent.

Side by side shooting they both shoot very well with the edge going to the tikka. Both are sub moa with hand loads. Just one more so than the other. Be very careful where you rest the fore end on the savage if you get the cheap stock.

The bolt throw alone makes all the difference for me. Easy to tell unloaded but far easier to tell when picking up a round out of the magazine. The tikka reigns supreme.

Edit: the butt pad on the tikka sucks. Bad. Mine get replaced with a limbsaver.


Edited by wp75169 (03/26/15 07:38 PM)

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#5671212 - 03/26/15 08:24 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Got a be different Remington 700 for me.

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#5671255 - 03/26/15 08:48 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
Tough decision thanks for the input guys. I am reading bad things about the recoil pad and stock on the the Tikka and how it is hard to load on top.

The Savage is made in the USA and I hear good things about the stock and butt pad.

Not sure how hard it is to load a savage by hand. Can anyone chime in?



Tikka has a small cut out similar to the Savage Axis/Remington 770. They are hard to load from the top which is why they come with detachable magazines. If I were to buy a Tikka today I would get the detachable magazine model. Also, if you buy a Tikka you will want a different stock for it so that adds to the cost. With the Savage you can get the Accustock and be set. IMO a Savage with Accustock and Accutrigger is the best out of the box package on the market.
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#5671272 - 03/26/15 08:57 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Originally Posted By: Gone to Texas
Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
Tough decision thanks for the input guys. I am reading bad things about the recoil pad and stock on the the Tikka and how it is hard to load on top.

The Savage is made in the USA and I hear good things about the stock and butt pad.

Not sure how hard it is to load a savage by hand. Can anyone chime in?



Tikka has a small cut out similar to the Savage Axis/Remington 770. They are hard to load from the top which is why they come with detachable magazines. If I were to buy a Tikka today I would get the detachable magazine model. Also, if you buy a Tikka you will want a different stock for it so that adds to the cost. With the Savage you can get the Accustock and be set. IMO a Savage with Accustock and Accutrigger is the best out of the box package on the market.


Does tikka make a model without a detachable mag?

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#5671289 - 03/26/15 09:03 PM Re: opinions on a quality hunting rifle [Re: Bigfoot]
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Remington.
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