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Tikka T3 Lite

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Basic Specifications

Length: 1080mm-1130mm
Barrel Length: 570mm-620mm
Weight: 2.7kg-2.9kg
Rate of Twist: Varies betwen Calibres
Magazine Capacity: 3 Standard. Aftermarket options available.
Left Hand Options Also Available.

Calibres

  • .204 Ruger
  • .222 Rem
  • .223 Rem
  • .22-250 Rem
  • .243 Win
  • .260 Rem
  • 7mm-08 Rem
  • .308
  • .338 Fed
  • 25-06 Rem
  • 6.5×55 SE
  • .270 Win
  • 7×64
  • 30-06 Sprg
  • 9.3×62
  • .270 WSM
  • .300WSM
  • 7mm Rem Mag
  • .300 Win Mag
  • .338 Win Mag

Tikka T3 Lite Variants

Tikka T3 Lite
Tikka T3 Lite Stainless
Tikka T3 Lite Adjustable

Introduction

The first thing you notice when this rifle comes out of the box is the similarities to its Sako cousin, but without the price tag. Tikka have been known for some time as the poor cousin of Sako, however coming from the same Finnish manufacturer, the quality is unmistakeable. The rifle on review is the Tikka T3 Lite, in the ever popular .308 calibre, widely used in Australia for everything from wild dogs to pigs and deer.

The Tikka T3 Lite on review comes with the options of a timber or a copolymer stock, the latter being more suitable for our harsh Australian conditions, as well as coming in slightly lighter on the scales. Both stocks are conveniently fitted with detachable sling swivels and butt plates, but in .308, I would be assuming that the butt plates will stay on place.

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More on the technical side, only one action length is available, but bolt throw is intelligently matched to case length, making up for any shortcomings in this area. I found single round loading at the range difficult with such a small ejection port, however this will be overcome in the field by utilising the standard three round magazine, or possibly even the aftermarket Lucky 13 brand Uni-Mag with its 10 shot capacity, the perfect pig slaying combination. The standard magazine is made of reinforced glass fibre, much to the disgust of many old school shooters, but this reviewer however found it refreshingly light and rugged. With their free floated barrels and smooth bolt action, how could these rifles be faulted?

Only minor I say, but still a fault all the same. I think a slight oversight from the Sako/Tikka factory was the fact that flying directly in the face of all of this quality workmanship, comes a plastic trigger guard. Some may say it should be so on a budget rifle, but being priced at the higher end of “budget”, I believe that issues such as this should have been left on the drawing room floor. Also,

From a safety perspective, these rifles have lived up to everything that is expected from a sporting rifle in Australia, and in fact the world wide. The simple to use thumb operated safety on the right hand side (on right hand rifles, as tested) of the tang, locks the bolt when in operation, very strong and simple. As well as this, every rifle turned out of the factory is test fired on their 100 metre indoor range before leaving the gates, another sure fire way to guarantee the quality of the product.

“The standard magazine is made of reinforced glass fibre, much to the disgust of many old school shooters, but this reviewer however found it refreshingly light and rugged.”

Scope mounting on the Tikka T3 Lite can be achieved through the use of Sako’s patent Optilock scope rings, or can be drilled an tapped for more traditional Weaver style bases. Scope choice will ultimately be up to the individual and their budget, as well as the type of hunting they are purchasing this rifle for.

Another interesting feature of this rifle is the many aftermarket accessories available. Now, this can sometimes be somewhat of an issue in Australia with our tough gun laws, but the aftermarket bolt ons available for this rifle are endless. Whilst I don’t have the space to list them here, a quick Google search will soon verify this fact.


Tikka T3 Lite


From my perspective, this is a great all round rifle, especially in the reviewed .308 calibre, well suited too many types of factory and hand loaded ammunition. As with any rifle, it will take a couple of trips to the range to see what shoots best, and what suits the individual. From a range perspective, I would be looking at something with a little more obvious weight, but will however suit the purpose of an “occasional” range pig with good accuracy. From a hunting perspective, I will be including this particular rifle in this calibre on my next pig hunting adventure, as it will be an invaluable tool, particularly with the ten round magazine at distance.

Conclusion

In conclusion, with so many options available on today’s market to the average Aussie hunter, you would be crazy to not at least consider the Tikka T3 Lite in .308 for your next addition to your gun safe. Coming from a quality factory, with quality components, and as the name says, being super “Lite”, with a reasonable price tag, I believe that this rifle will be a favourite amongst many Australian hunter, young and old, in the near future.

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