The T3x family has many models and variants, including tactical guns and classic wood-stocked versions, but the Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops exclusive T3x Superlite Camo version (shown above) is a versatile hunting rifle that’s lightweight—around 6 pounds—accurate and affordable. The new B-14 Wilderness Ridge offers tons of great features like a Bergara barrel with Sniper Grey Cerakote finish, an Omni muzzle brake and a hand-painted SoftTouch camo stock. I have 4 of them. Re: input needed tikka t3 lite or ruger american?? Weatherby Vanguard is a decent gun, no major issues with it, I just like the feel of the Tikka more. Outdoor Life’s gun test is serious business. MSRPs hover around $1,000, but that’s a superb value for a buttoned-up hunting rifle like this one. Tikka T3X Arctic. All rights reserved. I don't believe a Howa 1500 is currently available in walnut, but last I saw it wasn't nearly as nice. For a long range rifle I would only consider a tikka with the heavier varmint barrel which would also take care of some weight issues you might have with mitigating some recoil. The Vanguard as already stated is made by Howa of ***an to Weatherby specifications. EVERY Axis I shot was a true tack driver. MSRP: $891; kimberamerica.com. Accuracy from the 5R rifled barrel is exceptional, and my test rifle delivered much smaller groups than the company’s 1-MOA guarentee. But beyond the smell of powder, the piles of hot brass, the sore shoulders, the ringing of steel, and the smiles on the faces of the shooters lurks a solemn task. The dual-lug bolt is equipped with a sliding plate extractor and coned bolt nose which helps ensure smooth cycling. Member Joined Mar 2001; Posts 16720; EE 100% (27) USA. You can’t go wrong by purchasing any member of the 110 family, though. They even have a 14 day satisfaction guarantee. Don’t know about the vanguard, I have a tikka and ruger American. FLUTED BOLT BODY. TIKKA T3, T3X, T1X, 595, 695, Whitetail Hunter (fits long and short actions): Mounts fit flat top receivers that are drilled and tapped. Marlin Dark SeriesWho doesn’t love a lever gun? Until recently, all Kimber rifles cost north of a $1,000, but the entry-level Hunter offers all that CRF goodness at a three-figure price-point. Tikka. Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Bolt-Action Rifle ($499.99) Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Bolt-Action Rifle (Photo courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors) This Wyoming gun maker has cranked out great bolt-action rifles for years and this version of the popular Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 is no exception.. With a cold hammer-forged barrel, a drilled and tapped steel receiver, three … This rifle is 6.5 lbs without the scope. No scope base or rings are supplied. They're cheaper SAKOs. Remington Model 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD. Cant go wrong with a Remington 700 .308. As the name implies these rifles have a black finish on the stock and metal, and the paracord sling and lever wrap add to this gun’s sleek aesthetic. Browning X-BoltBrowning’s flagship X-Bolt rifles feature an action that is bedded front and rear, and these guns come with some of the best barrels in this price category. Howa 1500 and Weatherby Vanguard are essentially the same rifle (by Howa), maybe that's your confusion. Patriot actions feature dual-lug, spiral fluted bolts and a two-position rocker-type safety. The Monte Carlo-style stock features a polymer exterior surface with grip-enhancing texturing, and the forearm is flat like a benchrest rifle and comes with dual sling studs. Georgia Star LB Jermaine Johnson Announces He's Transferring To... Of Course Tim Tebow & His Wife Demi-Leigh Wore Matching Christmas Pajamas, This Young Texans Fan Got A Bill O'Brien Autograph For Christmas And It Set Him Off, Nothing Better Than Watching This Toddler Play With His New Bull Riding Gift, Sean Payton Celebrated The Saints NFC South Title Win With A Locker Room Dance. We can all agree it’s been a trying year, and as we approach the end of 2020, we think it’s high time to treat yourself to a new hunting rifle. Savage Model 10 GRS. These are Japanese rifles. Thompson/Center Venture IIThe original Venture was a good gun with a glaring flaw: it needed a better trigger. The 110 Classic, shown here, barely squeaks under the bar with an MSRP of $999, but it comes with a walnut stock that is adjustable for comb height and LOP and it blends traditional styling with modern amenities. Both rifles come with an accuracy guarantee. I recently considered a .257WM in a Vanguard, but decided against it when I looked at ammo prices and soft-point rounds, for a box of 20, were $60+, name-brand projectiles were pushing $90. I'd also give a very serious look at the Weatherby Vanguard-II's. The redesigned ejection port ensures reliable cycling while maintaining a rigid action design that helps live up to Tikka’s lofty accuracy guarantee. 10. 2. Lucky for you, there are lots of great hunting rifles that cost less than $1,000, all of which are capable of churning out groups under an inch with the right shooter and the right load. Tika is an excellent platform which has been based on the sako which is replicated by many; including nosler 48, howa m1500, s&w 1500, weatherby vanguard along with several others. The Weatherby is drilled and tapped for conventional scope bases and will accept rings of any height, but they must be purchased separately. 4. Weatherby VANGUARD MODULAR CHASSIS. In addition to 6.5 PRC, the Patriot LR Hunter is available in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win. Having handled and shot both, I will buy more Tikkas. I typically lean more towards tikka bc it’s lighter and stock is nicer. I dont know much about the Vanguard 2s but the Vanguards are good as well. Looking for a good all-around hunting riffle. There are lots of chambering options, including the 350 Legend, so this gun is an ideal deer rifle for those who live in straight-wall-only states. Don't like the heavy rifles (think Weatherby Vanguard) and not fond of the ultra-lights - they're just too hard to shoot straight and generally cost a bundle more than I'm willing to spend. Nothing wrong with the Ruger but I wouldn't group it with those two. MSRP: $489-$789; ruger.com. However, at Weatherby you can order it in 30-06, 270 Win and others as a custom rifle (along with other options) for an additional $700.That's a total of $1700. Left-hand versions are available, and all come with a Picatinny rail for easy mounting of optics. Weatherby Vanguard 2, Tikka T3x or Ruger American- .308's, Watch: Justin Jefferson Surprises His Mom With Brand New Car For Christmas, It Looks Like LSU Center Liam Shanahan Is Coming Back Next Season After His Latest Tweet, LSU Fans Will Like This Tweet From 5-Star OT Target Tristan Leigh, Watch: LSU Releases Tribute Video For Steve Ensminger. Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic. Right now, I've narrowed it down to two: the Kimber Hunter and the Tikka T3x stainless. Monstrum Tactical G2 6-24×50 is a high-quality scope for 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 rifle that is a first focal plane rifle scope, which is a top choice among hunters and shooters. MSRP: $549-1,099; weatherby.com. I do plan on buying an S2 in .257 weatherby but it will get a new stock and possibly trigger. tikka t3x SS SL. The weight has been trimmed, but the Hunter is a feature-rich rifle with a match-grade chamber, durable synthetic stock, three-position wing safety and a factory trigger set between 3.5 and 4 pounds. Another one that you can throw into the mix is the Weatherby Vanguard. 8. A review of the Tikka T3 Lite can be found on the Product Reviews page. #2 Monstrum Tactical G2 6-24×50 FFP Rifle Scope . Both use a 7/64 Allen wrench. 1. These guns are loaded with all sorts of clever engineering, including the groundbreaking AccuTrigger, Savage’s floating bolt head and a barrel nut that allows for very precise headspacing. Discussion Starter • #1 • Dec 11, 2011. The Patriot LR Hunter I personally tested, chambered in 6.5 PRC, shot three bullets under an inch at 100 yards, making this affordable rifle worthy of a spot on our list. 2) Tikka T3 Camo SS (I heard the magazine is plastic so longevity/durability is a question, I can't see a plastic mag lasting for 20+yrs), but I like the reviews and accuracy. :wave: We also talk about the changes in the Tikka T3 vs T3x. I've never shot the S2 but if I were to buy a new rifle and shoot it without modifications I'd go with the Tikka. Weatherby VanguardThe Weatherby Vanguard is a dual-lug, push-feed bolt-action that sets a very high standard in the $1,000 and under class. So swapping from hunting to rest platform very easy. Lots of nice $500 rifles out there right now. They will outshoot anything in and above their price range. The new CVA bolt gun is super impressive too. I’ve been going through the same process and narrowed it down to the Vanguard and Tikka as well. These guns come with a two-position tang-mounted safety which is easy to reach and manipulate, but they’re also equipped with a manual bolt unlock button that allows the shooter to cycle the action with the safety engaged. I just ordered the Tikka T3X Lite stainless in 300 WM for Alaska hunting. Accuracy has more to do with the shooter and ammo than the rifle anymore. Weatherby Vanguard The Weatherby Vanguard is a dual-lug, push-feed bolt-action that sets a very high standard in the $1,000 and under class. 3. All 4 make good rifles. Tikka T3X CTR / Tactical / Varmint. 3) Weatherby Vanguard Sporter (I heard it's a Howa action and it's close to 8lbs), accuracy is guaranteed like the Tikka. The fit and finish, cycling and two-stage trigger feel like they were lifted from a more expensive gun, and most Vanguards will—with the right ammo—exceed their sub-MOA accuracy guarantee. Other stock-oriented rifles to consider: Bergara HMR. Photo courtesy of Weatherby. by Brad Fitzpatrick - I'll preface this by saying all 3 will shoot great and if all you care about is a reliable rifle that shoots good, all 3 will easily accomplish that and you should get whichever one tickles your fancy. Bergara B-14 Wilderness RidgeBergara has been making barrels for some time, but today the company is best-known for their excellent bolt action hunting and target rifles. Like so many others on the list, the Tikka promises sub-MOA accuracy and it delivers. Sabatti Urban Sniper. The barrel on the Tikka is free floated, while the Weatherby's barrel is firmly bedded. and .300 Win. Several models are also available in left-handed versions, too. Tikka, Weatherby close second. This seems like a nice rifle. MSRP: $949; marlinfirearms.com. Mossberg Patriot LR HunterMossberg’s new Patriot LR Hunter is one of the popular new breed of hybrid target/hunting rifles, and it comes with a fluted barrel with a threaded muzzle, aluminum pillar bedding, an LBA adjustable (2-7 lbs.) Ruger has a nice bolt and barrel but I don’t like trigger as much as tikka so I dropped a timney trigger in it and it was an improvement. T/C fixed that on this model, and the new Venture II outcompetes guns costing four figures. Longitudinal flutes reduce weight and bearing surface area, while eliminating binding for smooth action. I think I have it down to these three. Everyone overlooks these. I you plan on modifying with a new stock I'd go with the S2, it seems easier to get accessories for it than the Tikka. The MSRP is $675 ($725 for WSM calibers), making the T3 Lite the most expensive of our budget rifles. Ring screws are 6-40 X 5/8″ long. 3. Really strange for such a cheap rifle. The Howa 1500 is the exact same rifle as the Weatherby Vanguard, because Howa makes them for Weatherby. Savage Model 110 Tactical With AccuFit Tikka all the way But I believe the Vanguard can be had for less money now (Tikkas have gone up for good reason). That vanguard is nice too and I like that it has the 2 stage trigger but the Tikka is nicer imo. Shoulder a Weatherby ® Vanguard ... All Vanguard® rifles feature a specially-fit, low density recoil pad. Mag. I think you mean Tikka. The actions are a bit different if that matters to you. I have heard good things about both of these rifles, I think the Tikka's run a bit more. Biggest difference I’ve seen is the Vanguard stock is a bit heavier which I love the solid feel of, but if you’re planning to do hunting out west or anything like that, it could get heavy. Marlin’s Dark Series rifles are a great choice for hunters, and because these guns offer a long top rail for mounting an optic you can easily attach an extended eye relief scope or reflex sight to the rifle. Left-handed models are available, and there are also compact versions for shorter-statured hunters. Savage 110The Savage 110 has an excellent reputation for superb accuracy at a price-point most hunters can afford. They're both pretty much the same price ($699 - &750). The venerable X-Bolt is also one of the lightest guns on this list: the Composite Stalker weighs between 6 and 7 pounds, depending upon caliber. The design of this cartridge was influenced and modified from the 6.5 Carcano and the .30 TC. That is, to gather fair and objective data about which of 2016’s new guns are worth you spending your money on. Tuesday, December 1, 2020. It was to good of a deal to pass up, and I liked the action, but the price is what sold me. The Bergara is available in a wide array of chamberings, including popular new rounds like the 6.5 and .300 PRCs and 28 Nosler. It is a lot of fun as well, there’s no denying that. Browning doesn’t promise sub-MOA accuracy, but the X-Bolts I’ve reviewed all managed to do better than that and, with loads they like, I’ve had X-Bolts churn out three-shot groups around .75 inches at 100 yards. 9. The Tikka T3X Arctic is the rifle chosen by the Canadian Rangers, who operate in some pretty tough conditions — it was created specifically as a wilderness gun. The modular synthetic stock of this gun has interchangeable pistol grips that let you modify the grip angle to allow for multiple shooting positions. Looks good, comes with a 1 MOA guarantee and a two-stage match trigger. All three are good, would put the Tikka ahead of the Ruger. Introduced in 2007, the 6.5 Creedmoor rifle cartridge was made to ensure incredible precision for shooting accurately at long-range targets. I used to sight rifles for a bunch of folks for hunting season. MSRP: $975-$1,055; bergararifles.com. bladed trigger and a Picatinny rail for easy optics installation. The Model 336 Dark Series in .30-30 is the archetypal woods rifle, but hunters in straight wall-only states should check out the Model 1895 Dark Series in .45-70. I have two T3s, and sauer 100 and while the 100 is a great rile, tikka has the after market parts if you ever want to tinker with with your rifle. The latter system allows tighter inletting, but the former is cheaper to produce. Detailed side by side comparison of the Browning X-Bolt vs Tikka T3. (yes it will kick like a mule) My budget was similar to yours on this rifle. There is so many after market parts out there that its too easy for you dress it up after a couple of years and have an almost like new rifle again. 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