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general7
04-09-2017, 06:51 PM
I just recieved a 1000$ gift card to wholesale sports to buy a new rifle. I have done a lot of research on both the weatherby vangaurd 2 series and tikka t3x but im having a hard deciding which one. I am also debating on 7mm rem mag or 300 win mag. I plan on hunting deer, elk, black bear and moose. I also want to buy something to get into long range shooting in the future. Any input would be appreciated.

JustBen
04-09-2017, 07:10 PM
It's a personal preference. I'd prefer the Weatherby, but you wouldn't go wrong with either.

deerbeargrouse
04-09-2017, 07:23 PM
Which one comes to your eyes and shoulder the best. That is your answer.

general7
04-09-2017, 08:19 PM
I right now the weatherby is going for 750 in 300 win mag or the tikka t3x for 959 in 300 win mag or 7mm rm so is it worth paying more for the tikka?

deerbeargrouse
04-09-2017, 08:41 PM
Neither. Go with the 30-06 the moose deer and elk will not mind. But your shoulder and wallet will.

general7
04-09-2017, 08:54 PM
How much cheaper is 30-06 ammo compared to 300 win mag?

JustBen
04-09-2017, 09:14 PM
How much cheaper is 30-06 ammo compared to 300 win mag?

20-30% ish.

Rory McCanuck
04-10-2017, 01:16 AM
http://www.gunownersofcanada.ca/showthread.php?37327-Tikka-T3X-versus-Weatherby-Vanguard&highlight=tikka+weatherby

road kill
04-10-2017, 07:11 AM
I have 2 Tikka rifles, great rifles. I paid just under 700 for mine, that would be my limit on them. I would look at the Weatherby or Howa which make both. As for caliber guys will argue that one to their death.

Justice
04-10-2017, 11:50 AM
Toss a coin. Commercial hunting rifles are pretty much all the same.
"...How much cheaper is..." More about the felt recoil. There's no game in North America, including big bears, that needs a magnum of any kind to kill with one shot. And a 7.25ish pound Vanguard will hurt to shoot in .300 Mag. A Lite will be worse at 6 3/8 lbs. loaded.
Wholesale wants $300 + more for a Vanguard in .300 Mag vs .30-06. The Lite is already roughly that much more. $959.99 vs about $699.99. And neither have sights. Add another pile of money for a scope and rings.

Rory McCanuck
04-10-2017, 01:48 PM
Toss a coin. Commercial hunting rifles are pretty much all the same.
"...How much cheaper is..." More about the felt recoil. There's no game in North America, including big bears, that needs a magnum of any kind to kill with one shot. And a 7.25ish pound Vanguard will hurt to shoot in .300 Mag. A Lite will be worse at 6 3/8 lbs. loaded.
Wholesale wants $300 + more for a Vanguard in .300 Mag vs .30-06. The Lite is already roughly that much more. $959.99 vs about $699.99. And neither have sights. Add another pile of money for a scope and rings.
Funny how in a duplicate thread, the same asinine comment elicits the same smart-assed answer.
Some truths are eternal, I guess :rolleyes:



There is no vs. Commercial hunting rifles are pretty much all the same. So you can buy entirely on how it feels, price and what comes with it.
Mind you, Weatherby has been marketing stuff they don't actually make(Vanguards are exactly the same rifle as the Howa M1500. Made in the same plant too.) on the name for eons. And you do pay extra for the name.
Tikka's are made by Sako. And 'lighter' isn't always a good thing. The T3 trigger is adjustable. So is the Vanguard's.
Difference in barrel length isn't enough to matter. Slightly, very slightly, less velocity with the longer barrel, but not enough to matter.

Once again, 180 from the truth, how do you do it?

I guess I can save a bunch of money and just buy an Axis rather than the Sako I had my heart set on?
Good to know.

And who mentioned anything about recoil, oh wait, no one, just you.
And yeah, 30-06 is the prefered chambering for people interested in long-range shooting.

general7
04-10-2017, 06:32 PM
Thank you for all of your feedback. I was able to get a tikka t3 hunter stainless with a burris scope mounted for 950 on sale. The caliber choice was made easy because it was only offered in 300wsm.

hawk-i
04-10-2017, 06:58 PM
Thank you for all of your feedback. I was able to get a tikka t3 hunter stainless with a burris scope mounted for 950 on sale. The caliber choice was made easy because it was only offered in 300wsm.

Your going to like it but buy a limbsaver now....you'll enjoy it more once you swap out the factory hard one. :)

I got the same gun and scope deal last year.

general7
04-10-2017, 07:39 PM
Ok thanks... Any particular limb saver that works good on the tikka hunter?

deerbeargrouse
04-10-2017, 11:17 PM
A limb saver is a great idea, however try shooting in the standing position and you may find that the felt recoil is not so bad.
Recoil will hurt you the most when you are sat at the bench or the prone position. When you are hunting you will not feel the recoil.
Also you will feel less recoil as time goes by, because you and your rifle will blend together.

general7
04-11-2017, 06:25 AM
That is a good idea... Altho i still might get the limbsaver... I plan on sighting the rifle in from the bench first... Then after that do most of my practice standing since that is usually how you end up shooting while you are hunting anyway..

gtr
04-11-2017, 07:46 AM
A limbsaver is in your future. LOL

hawk-i
04-11-2017, 08:18 AM
Limbsaver makes a direct replacement for the T3 rifles :)

general7
04-20-2017, 07:08 AM
should i use the burris E1 3-940 scope or should i put my vortex crossfire II 4-1244 on this gun?

gtr
04-20-2017, 08:06 AM
Burris makes good scopes. Any rifles that I have seen with vortex scopes, also have open sights. Just my observation.

kennymo
04-20-2017, 09:39 AM
should i use the burris E1 3-940 scope or should i put my vortex crossfire II 4-1244 on this gun?

I'm sure the crossfire will be good enough until you're ready for better glass. I've got a Diamondback HP on my .257 Weatherby, found it a little sharper (and it better be for $200 more), but no complaints....

hawk-i
04-20-2017, 10:48 AM
should i use the burris E1 3-940 scope or should i put my vortex crossfire II 4-1244 on this gun?

I'd stick with the Burris. :)

ian745
04-22-2017, 09:13 AM
as an owner of both scopes, id keep the burris on the tikka, i found the lower level vortex just dont like magnum rounds very much( my personal experience ), , burris makes a good product though,(both are good really) the tikka i had in 7mm had one, i shot it for a few months and sold it to a buddy, and he`s been shooting the heck outta that thing for the last year and loves it

either way, enjoy the new rifle, and the limbsaver...lol

general7
04-22-2017, 11:55 AM
Has anyone had a problem with the burris scope mounts? I had tthe rear bolt head shear right off after my first shot! Im really not happy right now as i was planning on black bear hunting tmw....

general7
04-22-2017, 01:01 PM
The scope moved an eighth of an inch forward on the front ring.

hawk-i
04-22-2017, 06:26 PM
I use Burris XTR rings and signature zee rings(with the inserts)....have not had any problems to date, but all products have screw ups from time to time.

Rooster22
05-11-2017, 11:11 AM
I just picked up a Weatherby Vanguard S2 SS in 270win, shooting reloads under MOA, and I love this rifle it's my first bolt rifle I own for hunting, all my other hunting rifles are 99's, or other levers, but I'm in a happy place with this rifle on my shoulder.