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Old April 4, 2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Tikka or Weatherby?

I Am going to be 14 in 2 weeks and i plan on getting a rifle for Elk and Deer...I want either the tikka t3 lite stainless or weatherby vanguard in a 270 win.Which one should i get??and any caliber or other rifles would be good??

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Old April 4, 2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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tikka t3 lite stainless
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Old April 4, 2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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how would the recoil be this will my first hunting rifle
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Old April 4, 2012, 07:13 PM   #4
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As an owner of a Tikka T3 in .308, I vote Tikka for its buttery smooth action, crisp clean trigger and excellent accuracy with factory ammo. But, weatherby is a nice gun as well. Either should serve you well for years to come!
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Old April 4, 2012, 07:17 PM   #5
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Recoil will be a little harsh with the factory recoil pad. Buy a limb saver direct fit recoil pad to replace the hard factory pad. It will still kick, but you won't feel it much at all.
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Old April 4, 2012, 07:27 PM   #6
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just asking not to sound dumb but if i get a limbsaver and it says for rem 700 and some other guns and not the tikka will it still fit
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Old April 4, 2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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If its a direct replacement pad, no. If its just a slip on one the. It won't matter as long as its the right size (small, med, large). Limbsaver makes them specifically for the tikka and weatherby respectively.
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:04 PM   #8
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do you have a pad on yours
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:19 PM   #9
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I have a Tikka T3 Lite in .270WIN. I was amazed at how sharp the recoil was on it. Not such a big deal in a field/hunting situation, but really beat me up at the range (I'm a pretty scrawny guy).
I picked up a Limbsaver at my local Gander Mountain and that made a world of difference.
Limbsaver Precision Fit bolt-on pad, model number 10010/10011. Listed as fitting the Sako 75 and Finlight as well as the T3 synthetic.
I think the T3 is a better rifle than the Weatherby Vanguard... though there's nothing wrong with the Weatherby. Which one fits you better?
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:24 PM   #10
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Tikka T3 Lite .308

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Old April 4, 2012, 08:26 PM   #11
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Isn't there a pretty big price difference here?

the weatherby vanguard is more along the lines of a budget rifle being a rebranded howa 1500.

tikka (at least the ones I've seen) are fairly expensive. although I've never heard of a tikka being a pos.
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:30 PM   #12
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i have 3 weatherby vanguards on 243, 7mm rem mag. 300 win mag. all are great and shoot sub moa.
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:32 PM   #13
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i went to academy held lots of rifles and the tikka felt the best but just worried about the recoil
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:33 PM   #14
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The 270, properly loaded is fine for elk. The guns are both great choices, but are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Decide what features are more important to you.

The Vanguard is among the heaviest of all rifles. You will be over 9 lbs once you get a scope, mounts, sling and ammo on it. Maybe close to 10 lbs depending on your optics. That is a lot of weight for a mild recoiling 270.

The Tikka is the lightest rifle you will find under $1,000. If you chose your scope carefully it will come in under 7 lbs and be much better to carry in the elk mountains at 9,000 ft or more.

The Vanguard is more traditional looking with more aftermarket support. The Tikka has very modern styling that turns many people off. The Vanguard uses a 5+1 mag with traditional floorplate. The Tikka uses a 3+1 detachable magazine that is overpriced and hard to find spares.

Both have a reputation for excellent accuracy, but with the examples I've owned and shot I have to give the edge to the Tikka.

You can find the older Vanguards on closeout prices for around $350, the newer S-2 versions are around $470. The Vanguard is certainly the most rifle for the money right now. A Tikka is a bit more expensive, but does come with scope mounts.

If I were buying it for me the substantial weight savings, and slightly better accuracy in my experience would lead me to the Tikka. Especially in a 270 or other mild recoiling rifle. In a harder kicking magnum the choice would be a little harder, since some weight would be a good thing.
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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the tikka felt the best but just worried about the recoil

I used to own a Tikka in 30-06. Spending an extra $30 or so for a Limbsaver recoil pad was the best move I made. The recoil from a 6 lb rifle can be stiff, but the pad brought it down to 243 levels. You shouldn't have a problem with a 270, especially if you invest a little more in a quality recoil pad.
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:43 PM   #16
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will the limbsaver slip on work as good as the Precision Fit Recoil Pads
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:49 PM   #17
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Can you guys post pictures
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:03 PM   #18
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While I have not tried it myself, a friend of mine claims the slip-on pads work just as well. The only issue being they change the length of pull a bit.
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:12 PM   #19
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jmr40 summed it very well, for what you are going to do the Tikka is probably the best choice. I own a Vanguard S2 in 243 and love the thing, it shoots sub MOA and has a wonderful factory trigger. It is not however a gun I would want to pack around miles and miles looking for elk. I bought mine for deer hunting here in CA where the walks are short and over every hill is another road
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:23 PM   #20
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Though keep in mind the age gap here... when I was 14 I could lug a 10 pound rifle over hill and dale all day long without issue. Now at 40+, it's a whole 'nother story...
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:30 PM   #21
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Terrel - I'm assuming you are receiving this rifle as a present from your mom/dad or other family members. And you pretty much have okay to pick your rifle? I own a Tikka T3 Lite in .308 Win. It is a very accurate and smooth operating rifle. The bolt on it is the best out of all my other rifles. As far as recoil, I don't feel more recoil on my Tikka compared to my wife's Browning X-bolt in the same caliber. I also don't feel much of a difference compared to my Browning X-bolt in .270 Win. To me the recoil is not terrible or painful.

Have you shot other rifles before? How did you feel about their recoil?
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:47 PM   #22
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yes i shot a remington 700 wood stock 270 and it didnt fell too bad and shotguns
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Old April 4, 2012, 09:52 PM   #23
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Tikka FTW

About the recoil: fold up a towel and put it behind the butt when practicing. You won't notice the recoil when shooting at game.
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Old April 4, 2012, 10:05 PM   #24
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If you and your parents are ever close to the DFW area, you are welcome to try my tikka...

If you shoot shotguns, the recoil of the tikka in .270 should not be an issue. You have to remember that when it comes time to make that shot on a nice bull elk, you won't even know the rifle went off. Only time you have to worry about recoil is if you want to have extended range sessions...
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Old April 4, 2012, 10:21 PM   #25
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what caliber do you have it in.. what kind of scope do you have on it
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