The Tikka is solid. I have an older model 595 in .223 Rem and a new T3 Lite in .243 Win. They're both great rifles.
I filled the T3 buttstock with canned foam insulation. That made it a bit quieter when walking in the woods and warmer to the touch in cold weather. It was simple...just removed the recoil pad, put masking tape and a plastic bag around the butt (just in case) and squirted it in...slowly. No fuss, no mess.
I've had the chance to carry the T3 quite a bit this fall and love it! I wouldn't mind having one in 7mm-08, but the .243 is mostly for grandkids. I use it around the place when calling coyotes, but so far, they're afraid to come, very afraid!!!
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