The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 15, 2006, 12:54 AM   #1
2ManyBadgers
Junior Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2006
Location: Maine
Posts: 2
Varmint Rifle vs non.

Hi All,
I've been a reader here for a bit and it has been both informative and a pleasure to see the widely varying personalities. I'm considering a Tikka T3 Varmint SS in .308 for hunting deer, caribou, Maine moose (if lucky), etc. My question is two-fold.
1) At just 6 lbs 10 ou., should the Varmint classification of the gun dissuade me from buying it for still hunting, etc? I like the way the gun looks and don't see why it wouldn't work beautifully for non-varmint hunts. It's not heavy and the barrel is under 24".
2) Does anyone have any feedback on the Tikka Varmint models?
Thanks very much,
b
2ManyBadgers is offline  
Old January 15, 2006, 08:48 AM   #2
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,540
"Still hunt" as in sneaky-snake, slow walking through woods? If so, Light Is Good.

My Rem 700Ti with scope, sling and ammo is 6.5 pounds, total. The recoil of the 7mm08 off the benchrest is not at a problem. In the field, it's not at all noticeable.

Don't forget you'll add the weight of sling, ammo and (I guess) a scope and mounts. That will add around 1.5 pounds to the package.

Tikkas have a good reputation. If the rifle fits you (length of pull, drop of the stock), it oughta work just fine.

Art
__________________
You're from BATFE? Come right in! I use all your fine products!
Art Eatman is offline  
Old January 15, 2006, 11:49 AM   #3
FirstFreedom
Junior member
 
Join Date: May 31, 2004
Location: The Toll Road State, U.S.A.
Posts: 12,451
tangent.... Art, when you 'sneaky snake', are you on hands & knees or just walking? And when you stop, how long do you stop for - 30 seconds, 1 min, 2 min, 5 min, what? And about how many steps taken between stops?

On the Tikka varmint, it should work fine - only thing I can think of is twist rate. If it's 1 in 12 or 1 in 13ish, then it'll work fine with everything up to 168 or 174 gr. But if you want to go after very large game with 180 or 190 grainers, you're gonna want a 1 in 10 twist rate. Being designated varmint, it may have the former, not the latter...??
FirstFreedom is offline  
Old January 15, 2006, 12:29 PM   #4
2ManyBadgers
Junior Member
 
Join Date: January 15, 2006
Location: Maine
Posts: 2
Twist Rate

Twist Rate is listed as 1/11" in a 23 3/8 inch barrel. I do want to use the rifle for caribou in September and moose if I ever actually win the freakin lottery.
2ManyBadgers is offline  
Old January 15, 2006, 01:07 PM   #5
Art Eatman
Staff Lead
 
Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
Posts: 22,540
Quiet and slow-moving. In woods country, I'll take a few slow steps and lean up against a tree and watch for a bit. Parallel a trail, but not walk in it. If I can see into a clearing, I'll sit and watch the edges.

Deer seem alert to vertical moving objects, moreso than horizontal. If I'm forced to move across an open area, I'll bend over and move slow. But I can't do that for very long, so it's mostly stay in or near brush and just move slowly without jerky motions.

And don't move with any rhythm. Not even deer are totally silent. Step, pause; step, step, pause...Think "Fit In".

Art
__________________
You're from BATFE? Come right in! I use all your fine products!
Art Eatman is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06821 seconds with 7 queries