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Up early this morning to purchase a Tikka T3 lite stainless in 30-06 from a fellow Idahoan. $500, I couldn't pass it up. Been wanting one for some time now. Will post pics when I get it scoped up with my Vortex 4x12 Diamondback.
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You sure you want to do that? They are kinda a boring rifle. The stock is plastic so you can’t cry when you scratch it. The stainless does not rust so you have no excuse to clean it each night after hunting. They are inherently accurate so you can’t spend a lot of time trying to improve hand loads. I could go on.

If you were not aware, the best modification is the Limbsaver recoil pad. Both our 30-06 T3’s have them. It tames the recoil immensely to a shove into your shoulder.
 

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The best mod is to put a Bell&Carlson stock ( it comes with Limbsaver ) on it get rid of the Lego stock and get some DNZ Game reaper rings . They also have an extended mag from the factory on my 338 wm I believe it gives me one more round .
 
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You sure you want to do that? They are kinda a boring rifle. The stock is plastic so you can’t cry when you scratch it. The stainless does not rust so you have no excuse to clean it each night after hunting. They are inherently accurate so you can’t spend a lot of time trying to improve hand loads. I could go on.

If you were not aware, the best modification is the Limbsaver recoil pad. Both our 30-06 T3’s have them. It tames the recoil immensely to a shove into your shoulder.
It actually came with a Limbsaver pad. I'm loving the boring look.
 
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The best mod is to put a Bell&Carlson stock ( it comes with Limbsaver ) on it get rid of the Lego stock and get some DNZ Game reaper rings . They also have an extended mag from the factory on my 338 wm I believe it gives me one more round .
I'm done with heavy aftermarket stocks that do nothing for me, extended mags and goofy rings. I bought a set of Talleys, scrubbed the entire rifle including taking apart the bolt/firing pin assembly through on the Vortex 4x12 and she's ready to test some handloads.
 

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I'm done with heavy aftermarket stocks that do nothing for me, extended mags and goofy rings. I bought a set of Talleys, scrubbed the entire rifle including taking apart the bolt/firing pin assembly through on the Vortex 4x12 and she's ready to test some handloads.
What can I say the goofy heavy junk works for me !
 

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I ended up putting a Manners carbon fiber stock on my superlight 30-06, made a world of difference in how it handles.

For factory loads, the Buffalo Bore 168gr TTSX loading is super accurate.

I've worked up some loads with the 160gr Hammer Hunter bullet and Superformance that absolutely cook, and kill everything DRT.

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The stock makes all the difference but what do I know about ditching the aluminum recoil lug and going with a stock with a chassis inside lol . That is a sweet set up for sure very clean looking . 424DA4B8-A56D-4122-881D-DA319D665D85.jpeg
 
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I am going to replace the recoil lug and order a 5 round magazine. That should do it.
 

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I ended up putting a Manners carbon fiber stock on my superlight 30-06, made a world of difference in how it handles.

For factory loads, the Buffalo Bore 168gr TTSX loading is super accurate.

I've worked up some loads with the 160gr Hammer Hunter bullet and Superformance that absolutely cook, and kill everything DRT.

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I have replaced all but one of my Tikka's stocks and just wish it to stay at 6lbs but it a real mule in 338 WM.
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I just loaded up 28 rounds of 150 grain Hornaday fmjbt. Half on the lite load and the other half one grain from max which is 3,096 fps. I'll head out soon and see what groups I get out of those and I will shoot a few of the Federal TLR 175 grain I bought for hunting.
 
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I have a few Tikkas.

If you decide to load 168 BT, 180 AB or NP, or 185 VLD let me know.

Buy some Hunter powder first.

And you won’t need a 5 round magazine.



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I hear lots of people complaining about the recoil of the Tikkas, I went out and put 20 rounds through mine of various handloads and it didn't bother me at all.
 
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You sure you want to do that? They are kinda a boring rifle. The stock is plastic so you can’t cry when you scratch it. The stainless does not rust so you have no excuse to clean it each night after hunting. They are inherently accurate so you can’t spend a lot of time trying to improve hand loads. I could go on.

If you were not aware, the best modification is the Limbsaver recoil pad. Both our 30-06 T3’s have them. It tames the recoil immensely to a shove into your shoulder.


Yeah, s’all true! Tikkas are boring as HELL! :D;)

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I haven’t shot it for about 2-yrs now….. DAM, does time fly!
 
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