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Old November 5, 2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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Decided on my First Deer Rifle

I've been doing a lot of research and scouring of this and other forums to decide on a rifle/caliber for deer hunting, a sport which I just picked up this season. I was between the Savage 116FCSS and the Tikka T3 Lite Stainless. The two calibers I had narrowed it down to were .30-06 and .308. I couldn't see any real reason to choose one caliber over the other, they cost almost exactly the same and seem to produce nearly identical results. My decision came down to availability. I went with the Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in .308. I went with the .308 because they didn't have any .30-06 in stock in the stainless model. Since both calibers are so close and both are readily available in great quantity I didn't see any reason to wait for the .30-06 when they had the .308 in stock.

For glass I looked at several models of Nikon and Leupold. I decided on the Leupold VX-I 3-9x40mm. I liked that the Nikon scopes had drop compensators but the Leupold produced a clearer picture and I don't plan on shooting any deer past 100 yards.

I'm going to break in the rifle and sight in the scope this week in anticipation of the start of deer season this Saturday. I'm looking forward to it immensely.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.
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Old November 5, 2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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It appears that your homework on the subject paid off. For the price, I don't think that there is a better rifle on the market than that Tikka Lite. Great choice!
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Old November 5, 2008, 11:48 AM   #3
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Someone's reading my mind.....def. 308/30-06 in my future.
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Old November 5, 2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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You will be happy with the whole package. Oh and that Nikon BDC isn’t that great, they are just circles that really don’t allow you pinpoint accuracy, I was never a fan and after talking to a lot of rifle hunters they really didn’t like them for that reason.

Muzzleloader hunters however seem to swear by them. I for one though don’t like the idea of open circles for aiming points. Have you ever wondered why they did that anyway instead of using dots? Well its plain and simple, it allows them to state that you can use them with a wide range of calibers at these yardages and because the circles cover so much of the target you are bound to hit within that area somewhere, you just won’t know precisely where. The Burris Ballistic Plex is a much better design.

Have fun, I have no doubt that you will be happy with your purchase.

Good luck Saturday!

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Old November 5, 2008, 11:52 AM   #5
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Should drop plenty of deer for you. I don't personally like Tikka rifles but can't complain about their accuracy. My main issue is the small ejection port and having to drop the magazine to load especially at the range not much of an issue hunting if I do my job. Enjoy your purchase and let us know when you get the first deer with your rifle.
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Old November 5, 2008, 12:32 PM   #6
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Very nice looking rifle. I just purchased a Marlin 336C, 30-30 and have already put down my 1st deer with it. I also used the Lever Evolution ammo in it and it did the job. She dropped like a rock.

I would love to have a 30-06 or a 308, but I have a shoulder injury and the recoil would have me in pain for a week.
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Old November 5, 2008, 01:22 PM   #7
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Congratulations on a great looking rifle. Good luck.
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Old November 5, 2008, 01:24 PM   #8
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Nice rifle
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Old November 5, 2008, 01:41 PM   #9
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Nice, Ive been pondering a tikka for a while now.

tell us how it performs this weekend.

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Old November 5, 2008, 01:46 PM   #10
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Congratulations! I own two Tikkas and love them.
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Old November 5, 2008, 06:08 PM   #11
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Dove Tail

Do those Scope Rings mount on A Dove Tail?
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Old November 5, 2008, 06:27 PM   #12
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Sureshots, yes it has a dovetailed receiver. The rings were already mounted on the rifle when I bought it and I had the scope mounted/bore-sighted there at the shop, so I never took them off or installed them. They're just the factory Tikka rings, plenty good enough for my purposes. Apparently there is also a weaver mount available if you didn't want to use the factory dovetail.
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Old November 5, 2008, 08:55 PM   #13
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Very Nice!!!

And the rifle ain't bad either....
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Old November 5, 2008, 09:05 PM   #14
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Keep tight

Beautiful Rifle. Just keep A close watch on those rings and make sure they stay tight. I have had them to slip on the dove tail. As wide as the ring bases are you probably will not have A problem.
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