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Tikka T3 Lite vs. Browning X-bolt

Was looking at buying a new rifle and wondering what people have to say about these two rifles. Have narrowed down to these two. Hadn't looked at the x-bolt much until today and really liked it, but it's a newer model and it's made in Japan. I have a Tikka and really like it, but Beretta/Tikka customer service is horrible. Just wanted to hear what people that have fired these 2 rifles have to say. For the price one can't really beat a Tikka, but I like the appearance and some of the features of the Browning. It seems the Tikka has a lot more plastic parts than the Browning, which scares me a little bit.

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Im curious correct me if wrong. Isnt the clip the only plastic part on the tikka?

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On the tikka, the trigger guard it plastic, the clip is, and there is a piece on the back end of the bolt that is plastic. That's about it I think. Haven't looked internally to see if there are any plastic parts.

 

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spelling correction... the trigger guard IS plastic, not it

 

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I had a Tikka t3 lite in 25-06. I never had any problems in ANY weather conditions with function. Shot very good out of the box factory ammo, shot reloads superbly.I have no experience with Browning Xbolts. Another rifle hard to beat for the price is Howa even though I know its not one of the options.

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has anyone shot the x-bolt?

 

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I bought a Tikka T3 Lite 270 WSM last spring, and I love it. No problems at all and shot 3 deer with it this year.

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I shoot a browning 270wsm in the xbolt and I love it. I was debating between the tikka t3 and my browning. I went with my gun cause I knew more about it even tho it was more expensive. I love my gun and I will never buy anything but a browning bolt action agian.

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I didnt know they were in the same league. Wouldnt one compare the xbolt against tikka's wiser sibling?

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07z6r, does your x-bolt shoot pretty well (good groups?). When did you buy it, just recently? Was there an x-bolt in years past, I guess I had never heard of it until I noticed it today and looked them up on Brownings site and it has a "new" icon next to them.
I probably should be comparing the x-bolt to a sako, but since sako makes tikka and the tikka shoots just as well as a sako, why pay $300-1000 more for a sako??? I looked at a sako but couldn't find enough difference when I compared it to the tikka to pay the extra money.

 

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In the price range of the X-bolt you might also consider a Model 70. The SS/Syn version hopefully will be out this spring. The wood/blued Featherweights are available now in 270, 30-06, and 300Win.

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horsager, I looked at the model 70, I like the gun overall, but i really dislike the 3 position safety. Something that is really different and would really take some getting used to in my opinion. In regard to the model 70's, are they re-modeling them this year? Reason I ask is there sure aren't very many of them on the shelves.

 

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The Model 70 is all new this year, or at least it's being produced in a new facility, buy new employees, and to much higher standards. The available line will expand in '09.

The 3 pos saftey is one of my very favorite features though for me a saftey on a rifle is sort of moot as I for the most part don't hunt with a round in the chamber. I do understand though that saftey position for many folks is crucial and a change-up in that area certainly takes some getting used to.

What caliber are you considering? Have you looked at a Remington Mountain rifle or CDL SF? To just pick up a Remington off the shelf and go hunting unaltered, I like the fit/feel of the Mountain rifle over all other 700's, the short action SS/Laminate in particular.

I've not owned or shot the T-3 or the X-bolt, and I'm not trying to talk you out of either of them as much as making sure you've assessed all your options. Lots of folks look at the cheaper SPS Remingtons and miss or dismiss the rest of the Remington line.

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I have a Tikka 338 mag in one of the earlier versions. This is the tack drivingist gun that I own. Factory Floated barrel, factory adjustable trigger, a smooth action and a Sako barrel, what more could you ask for from an off the shelf rifle? I would buy a Tikka over and over again as I am looking to do for my daughter right now.

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Horsager, I have looked at the Remingtons and in fact almost bought one a couple years back when the mountain rifle was available with a detatchable magazine. I really like that feature. I wish I would have bought the gun because now remington no longer offers it with a det. Mag. My brother shoots a rem 700 mountain rifle .280 and it's a great gun. I'm just not a big fan of the hinged floorplate. i believe the rem 700 sps still has the det. mag, but don't like the rifle overall. In regards to caliber, I'm pretty set on a .270 or .270 WSM. I'm not sure if I want to get the short mag or not. The wsm is supposed to be flatter and faster than a regular .270, but I'm not sure if it's worth the extra price in ammo. I want a flat shooting rifle that's pretty fast.

 

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This is why there are so many different models, everyone likes something a little different. You like the detachable magazine and something other than a 3 pos saftey, and when given the choice I prefer a blind magazine and a 3 pos saftey.

Fishnbucks, are you buying factory ammo or loading your own?

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fishnbucks,
I pondered the same issue early last fall. I wanted to buy a Browning x-bolt or an a-bolt, however ended up buying a Tikka T3. The rifle was more for my sons than myself, so I went with the lighter weight Tikka in a .243. I still like the Browning better, it fits me better than any other rifle and the features like the 30 degree bolt throw, the hand swell, very nicely balanced make it tops on my list. I just couldn't justify the extra cash for the limited use it would get.
The Tikka shoots VERY good right out of the box. You'll be glad with either.
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I picked up a Browning XBolt in 30/06 - more or less because I wanted to have a Browning.
The thing is an absolute tack driver.
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She runs 50gr I4895 with a 150 Hornady flat base to roughly .4 MOA
I can shoot the accutip in the rifle as well.. not the worlds greatest group though.. only 1 MOA.

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horsager, I'll be shooting factory ammo. I haven't tried the whole reloading thing and don't see myself doing it in the near future.

 

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It cuts your costs of doing business in half... why NOT do it?

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For the price you would be hard pressed to beat a Tikka. They shoot well without any extra trigger work, bedding jobs, etc. I have 4 and would definitely buy another.

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Do you use the stock rings or pickup Leupolds/Weavers?

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I have both guns, Tikka lite in a 25-06 and Browning x-bolt in 7 mm WSM, I would not be afriad of either gun, they both shooth about 1/2 inch groups with factory ammo, im sure if i was steady enough i could do better but that's close enough for me, The x-bolt feels a bit better to me but I have not had problems with either of them.

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All mine wear Talley lightweights. Factory rings are the only thing I DONT like about Tikkas.

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I own the Tikka in 22-250 and absolutely love the gun. Bolt action is very smooth and the trigger is nice and light for a factory trigger setting.

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thanks for all the replies. I have another question in regards to caliber. I said I'm leaning towards a .270Win or .270 WSM. Is it really worth it in the long run to go with a WSM. Plus, I've read on some articles how some calibers have come and gone, does anyone think the hype about short magnums will fade out and they will be tough to get ammo for? I want to purchase a gun that I will really like and will last a long time. If it's nearly impossible to get ammo for a .270WSM in 10 years, I don't really want to purchase it, I would then rather go with a regular .270.

 

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http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?value=023B&...

here is a link to browning's site and the calibers the x-bolt is available in.

http://www.tikka.fi/pdf/specs/LiteStainless.pdf

here is a pdf link to tikka's site and calibers the t3 is available in.

 

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Another vote for Tally lightweights.

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Caliber is a hot topic, everyone prefers what they have. What are you planning to shoot? If you want to hunt larger game than deer I would check out something closer to the 7mm or 30 range. If you intend to play around with varmints but still want deer capability, maybe a 243 or 25-06 would be better for you. If you just want a deer gun, 270 is hard to beat.

I have shot more deer and antelope with my 243 than any other gun I own. Not because it packs the most punch, or shoots the flattest. It is accurate and I am confident in its capabilities so I grab it more often.

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Talley light wieght one piece rings and bases are the way to go. I really like the set i got.

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If you're not going to handload, the 270Win will be much more economical to shoot.

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