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#7141751 - 04/15/18 06:56 PM Tikka T3X CTR?
TORNracer Offline


Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 90
Loc: Roanoke, TX
Iím looking for a rifle thatís a little easier to carry than my 11 and 12 lb. more target oriented rifles (24Ē .308 700 5r and 26Ē custom .260). Looking for something thatís shorter, not too heavy to carry a little, and accurate for a factory rifle.

The Tikka 20Ē T3X CTR in 6.5 Creed seemed to fit that bill, would love to hear fellow THFíers experiences with them! Never had a Tikka and from what I hear most people like them.

Goal is 90% hunting no further than 600 yds. I know Iíd be giving up some velocity with a 20Ē 6.5 creed, but Iíve got other rifles for launching high BC bullets faster...

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#7141757 - 04/15/18 07:07 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
wp75169 Offline
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Registered: 10/11/09
Posts: 4335
Loc: Wills Point
You will get plenty of feedback on this one. There are 100% fans and there are haters. The only reason the haters hate is because the fans love them. Iíve yet to hear actual negative feedback about a CTR. While itís not a custom it will outshoot most any factory rifle you can put beside it. Tikka has arguably the best bolt on the market. I personally canít say enough good about this gun. Unfortunately mine is long gone but it sent me down an expensive rabbit hole.

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#7141764 - 04/15/18 07:11 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Oh, I left out that it also has the best factory trigger on the market. Owner adjustable down to #2. If thatís not enough change the spring in 10 minutes and it safely goes down to ???? Heck I canít remember.

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#7141783 - 04/15/18 07:30 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
Cattleman Online   content
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Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 879
Loc: Palo Pinto county
I own one in 260 and it's a great rifle. It's the rifle I hit at 1000 yards for the first time with. I believe it's a great choice.

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#7141786 - 04/15/18 07:35 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 8161
Loc: Palestine
I've owned a lot of rifles. I wouldn't call myself an expert but my tikka T3X CTR in 308 is the best rifle I've ever bought. It's ok to carry. Still not a light weight rifle. The only complaint I have is that the 10 round mag digs into my fat roll when carrying it lol.
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#7141821 - 04/15/18 08:21 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 06/23/15
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Loc: TX
I have a 308 CTR with a SWFA 3-9HD on it. Weighs a tad over 9lbs. I've shot 5 animals with it over the last 2 years. Even hunted with it out in the Davis Mountains two seasons ago and it wasn't bad to lug around. I would highly recommend it.
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#7141843 - 04/15/18 08:39 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 2401
Loc: Royse City, TX
I've got a 24" T3x CTR 6.5. Wish I'd got the 20". But it's a stupidly accurate gun with a great trigger, fantastic fit & finish, smooth bolt, etc.

It's very, very accurate with Hornady factory ELD ammo. You're welcome to see/shoot it if you're ever on the east side of town.

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#7141883 - 04/15/18 09:05 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 24844
Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Buy it, scope it, load it with quality ammo, and enjoy. It will not disappoint.
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#7141929 - 04/15/18 09:48 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
Scott W Online   content
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Registered: 03/08/18
Posts: 75
Loc: Cedar Park, TX
The CTR is next on my list for sure, in 6.5CM. I have a T3 in 300wm and besides the kick, I love it. Best trigger I've felt. I've talked no less than 5 of my hunting buddies into getting one including my brother as his sone's first rifle. I'm waiting on my commission checks to start arriving from Tikka I talk them up so much.

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#7141934 - 04/15/18 09:59 PM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 02/05/09
Posts: 90
Loc: Roanoke, TX
All really good feedback, thank you all for taking the time! This will likely be my next rifle.

Iíd like to have 1 factory rifle I donít feel like I have to load for and can shoot factory ammo, but itís nice to know a guy named Chad can help me out there too if I need it! He did great work on my .260!

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#7141995 - 04/16/18 05:20 AM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 07/10/14
Posts: 706
Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County
I too have a 5R Milspec and wanted a CTR for the same reasons as yourself. It's great, not a lot of difference in accuracy as 5R. I shoot Hornady SST, 165 gr (.308) and have killed a pile of stuff with it. I really like the mobility of it. I actually killed three hogs with it Saturday, no problem for this 20" barrel getting on target quickly. I took the trigger down and painted the stock. I'll own it forever.

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#7142096 - 04/16/18 08:36 AM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 09/17/09
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Tikkas are great rifles, owned a few and ALL have shot VERY well with little effort on finding ammo they like..
great triggers out of the box..

My buddy got a TAC A1 in 6.5 recently at my suggestion for a long range rifle and it was shooting clover cleaf groups with 147g ELD match ammo the first 5 shots.

I got a 308 CTR and had Morgan cut down the barrel to 16 and thread it. Dropped in a McMillan carbon fiber Game Hunter stock and changed out the bottom metal so it will take AI mags. This will be the gun I plan to hunt with the most for this deer season.




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#7142187 - 04/16/18 10:16 AM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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Registered: 07/03/10
Posts: 890
Loc: Houston, Tx
If you've got heavier target rifles and you're looking for a hunting/tote around rifle, why get a CTR? If I were you, I'd get a normal T3X with the lighter barrel profile and spend the rest on better optics or a different stock/dbm setup. The normal thin barrels are shooters too, assuming you're not too worried about thermal drift given your needs.

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#7142226 - 04/16/18 10:51 AM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: Crews]
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Registered: 06/13/15
Posts: 994
Loc: West Texas
Originally Posted By: Crews
If you've got heavier target rifles and you're looking for a hunting/tote around rifle, why get a CTR? If I were you, I'd get a normal T3X with the lighter barrel profile and spend the rest on better optics or a different stock/dbm setup. The normal thin barrels are shooters too, assuming you're not too worried about thermal drift given your needs.



Agree. I love my son's CTR, but I wouldn't want to lug that thing around in the field personally. My T3X Creed shoots just as well with a wide variety of ammo and bullets. I put a 4.5-18x44 LRHSi on it, and it's cheating when the wind cooperates.

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#7142273 - 04/16/18 11:39 AM Re: Tikka T3X CTR? [Re: TORNracer]
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CTR with 4" chopped off is pretty light!
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