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Tikka t3 or weatherby vanguard s2

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by wishinIwasfishin, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    So I'm in a real delima deciding what gun to get. I love how light the tikka is and seems to be quite a tack driver out of the box and extremely smooth action and crisp trigger pull. But hardly any after market stocks and I really like the weatherby vanguard rubber molded stock but don't like how the action is not nearly as smooth as the tikka and much heavier..can any one give me some advice to make my decision on what gun to get easier.
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Tikka. What's wrong with the stock that's on it? Stocks are available from Stockys, Manners, Bell and Carlson, HS Precision and McMillan. There has to be something that fits your needs there. There are sure to be more and this is assuming it's a T3.
     
  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Love those Tikka's!
     
  4. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Got a Tikka.

    Got an aftermarket Boyds laminate stock on it.

    Love 'em both.
     
  5. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    I hunt in some not so forgivable conditions and the tikka seems it will be slippery if wet and the possibility of losing the clip was a draw back as well. do any of the manufactures you mentioned make one similar to the weatherby the molded rubber?
     
  6. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    tikka or vanguard, pick one. Both are fine accurate actions. I would lean towards the vanguard. Laminate are weather resistant and very strong stocks. If you have the extra dough to spend go for the H&S Precision.

    The previous response where B&C is grouped in with H&S and McMillan, is just wrong. B&C was crap 20 years ago and will always be crap. H&S and McMillan have always been top quality. For goodness sake don't get some injection molded toy factory POS stock.
     
  7. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    put traction tape on the tikka
     
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  8. twowheels

    twowheels portland, OR Active Member

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    Some folks really like the vanguards and they are reputed to be very accurate. The one I handled had a lousy trigger and didn't group very well.

    I have several sako and they are excellent, being extremely well made, having superb triggers and having accurate barrels. The tikkas are relatives to the sakos but with some plastic bits. They have good barrels and triggers.

    Between the two, I'd buy a tikka but you wouldn't go wrong with the vanguard either.
     
  9. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    thought of doing this but wasn't sure what to use.
     
  10. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    Should I get a stainless or blued and then ceramic coat it?
     
  11. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Here what you do. Go to store and fondle the Tikkas, find the one you like in the caliber you want. Buy a scope and ammo. Shoot the hell out of it and be a happy man. Clean, be happy and repeat.
     
  12. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    I love the tikkas action. Period. Sooo smooth. Just don't like the stock and the removable clip.
     
  13. WilliamIV

    WilliamIV Longview, Washington Active Member

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    The s2 vanguards are super nice. I have one in 25.06. It's a tac driver. The two stage trigger is really nice. The s2 is heavier though than the tikka. Just go with what feels and best and buy it. You can't go wrong it either honestly.
     
  14. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    I can get a vanguard for 499 right now and the tikka would be 679. How much more does the wby weigh than the tikka
     
  15. WilliamIV

    WilliamIV Longview, Washington Active Member

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    I'm not sure on the exact weights. The weight of the Weatherby is all in the action area though so it feels balanced. The extra weight on it doesn't bother me.
     
  16. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    You obviously have access to the internet so you should invest the time, go the respective website and look up the information yourself. Weight varies depending on caliber, stock type, barrel length and taper.
     
  17. wishinIwasfishin

    wishinIwasfishin Member

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    Anything I could do to make the action a little smoother. The one at sportsmen seemed extremely rough don't know if it was becuase it was the display or??? But it seemed inadvertently rough
     
  18. WilliamIV

    WilliamIV Longview, Washington Active Member

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    If I remember right the Weatherby's also have longer barrels than the tikka. So you'll have a little extra velocity.
     
  19. WilliamIV

    WilliamIV Longview, Washington Active Member

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    Maybe because it was a display model. I couldn't have asked for a smoother action from a factory rifle. It's slick as snot.
     
  20. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Use it.
     
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