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#3685527 - 06/07/14 02:38 PM Tikka or Weatherby?
tn droptine
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Thinking about my next rifle purchase, haven't decided but I like the prices of the Tikka T3 Lite and the Weatherby Vanguard.

Which would you go for?

Of course, I may just have to stick to my favorite, the Remington 700.... Lol

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#3685574 - 06/07/14 04:21 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: tn droptine]
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Tikka hands down, I love those rifles
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#3685588 - 06/07/14 04:55 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Rockhound]
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Stick with your favorite.
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#3685643 - 06/07/14 06:12 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: rdl65]
walker
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i have the remi and vanguard, both shoot very good!
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#3685655 - 06/07/14 06:21 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: rdl65]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: rdl65
Stick with your favorite.

I'm somewhat partial to the Weatherby Mark V. My original primary reason for "liking" Mark V's was their shorter bolt lift. Not sure how many other makes are now using this, but believe Weatherby had the original patent.

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#3685699 - 06/07/14 07:29 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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You may have a new favorite with the Tikka. I have one in 260 Rem. It's my 2nd favorite rifle next to a semi-custom M70.
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#3685732 - 06/07/14 08:14 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Model70Man]
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Well considering finding a new 700 anytime soon may be a challenge, I say Tikka hands down. I have owned 5 of them and they all shot really well and shot many types of ammo really well. The 700's sure do offer a lot of customization but if you buy a Tikka and put a Bell and Carlson stock on it, you would have to spend a BUNCH more money to get a better rifle. JMO
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#3685766 - 06/07/14 09:04 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: TNRifleman]
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i have no experience with weatherby but i'll take a beating before i'll let go of my tikkas
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#3685779 - 06/07/14 09:17 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: 1 good shot]
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those Sako forged barrels will shoot,,
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#3685815 - 06/07/14 09:49 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: mr.big]
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It'll be a cold day in the Congo before I give Remington another dollar.

I'd probaly choose Tikka just because of all the awesome reviews I've heard on them. I love my savages but I'll probably buy a T3 for my next rifle.
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#3686077 - 06/08/14 12:14 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Deerhunter]
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dear lord pick the weatherby!!!!! for go the cheap feeling tikka, wood tikka are ok, the plastic ones are just cheap
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#3686318 - 06/08/14 08:43 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: knightrider]
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I love my Tikka 595 .270 but the plastic stock just makes it feel cheap. If I was to buy another one it would certainly have a wood stock.
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#3686337 - 06/08/14 09:24 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: 280longshot]
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My brother in law bought a weatherby vanguard s2 from a member here and loves it. I must say its very nice.
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#3686396 - 06/09/14 04:35 AM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Gravey]
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Personally, I wouldn't care much if it was wrapped in duct tape, it's how it shoots that matters to me. What I mean is, that it doesn't matter to me if it's a plastic or wood or even composite stock, it it doesn't perform, it's junk. I have the cheapest of cheap by most accounts, a Rem Mod 710. Plastic stock, not too smooth bolt action, but it will shoot. But, I also have a Tikka T3 that I'm chomping at the bit to try out too. ;\)
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#3686411 - 06/09/14 05:52 AM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: MUP]
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I'd buy the weatherby.

And i would buy a Tikka over a new Remington. If you find an older Remington i'd buy it over a Tikka. But if your buying new the new Remingtons suck. They just aren't made like they used to be.
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#3686707 - 06/09/14 12:36 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: rem270]
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they will both shoot sub MOA out of the box. Both have great bolt cycles however the Tikka has a 60degree if i remember correctly where the Weatherby has a full cycle. I think the stock on both is somewhat cheap but overall its acceptable to me. The Weatherby has a Monty Carlo style stock which you may or may not like. The tikka has a cheap drop out mag that may be a deal breaker for you. I have owned the weatherby and shot the tikka a bunch. I really like both but if i had to buy just one today I personally would go with the tikka. Just like the bolt cycle a tad better and its a tad lighter (which if you are getting a big caliber that may be a con rather then pro)
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#3687045 - 06/09/14 07:29 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: REN]
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Tikka T3 Hunter. I picked up my .270 on GunBroker for $400. It may force me to leave my CZ 30-06 in the safe this deer season.
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#3687055 - 06/09/14 07:50 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: REN]
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 Originally Posted By: REN
Both have great bolt cycles however the Tikka has a 60degree if i remember correctly where the Weatherby has a full cycle.

I think you may have this backwards.
My Weatherbys all have a 54 degree bolt lift.
My understanding is Weatherby invented & patented this, and many years later the Browning A-bolt also started doing it, as may have some others. By contrast, the Remington 700 has a 90 degree bolt lift (as do most bolt action rifles).

http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/markv

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#3687078 - 06/09/14 08:08 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
...the Browning A-bolt also started doing it ...
My 2002 A-bolt has a 60° lift.


Edited by Andy S. (06/09/14 08:09 PM)
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#3687100 - 06/09/14 08:27 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Andy S.]
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I love my T3 Stainless in 7-08...although i have yet to shoot it:)
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#3687641 - 06/10/14 12:40 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: drrxnupe]
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The tikka will easily shoot under 1" at 100 yards
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#3687643 - 06/10/14 12:41 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Rockhound]
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 Originally Posted By: Rockhound
Tikka hands down, I love those rifles


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#3687663 - 06/10/14 01:02 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
 Originally Posted By: REN
Both have great bolt cycles however the Tikka has a 60degree if i remember correctly where the Weatherby has a full cycle.

I think you may have this backwards.
My Weatherbys all have a 54 degree bolt lift.
My understanding is Weatherby invented & patented this, and many years later the Browning A-bolt also started doing it, as may have some others. By contrast, the Remington 700 has a 90 degree bolt lift (as do most bolt action rifles).

http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/markv


the MarkV may have the 54degree bolt but Im 99% sure the Vanguard S2 does not, it has a full bolt cycle (which is the one the OP is looking at). I may be very much wrong on the tikka as its been a while since i have operated one though.


Edited by REN (06/10/14 01:05 PM)
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#3687669 - 06/10/14 01:08 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: REN]
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not the S2 but I assume the bolt throw would be the same

http://www.chuckhawks.com/compared_rugged_vs_refined.htm
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#3687884 - 06/10/14 06:03 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: REN]
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 Originally Posted By: REN
not the S2 but I assume the bolt throw would be the same

http://www.chuckhawks.com/compared_rugged_vs_refined.htm


Good overview article

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#3687901 - 06/10/14 06:20 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: tn droptine]
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This: Weatherby Vanguard S2 257WBY Deluxe

or this if you want to spend a little less: Weatherby Vanguard S2 257WBY SPRTR

No black plastic.
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#3688963 - 06/11/14 06:36 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Vermin93]
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tikka hand downs imo
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#3688982 - 06/11/14 06:50 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: REN]
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 Originally Posted By: REN
the Mark V may have the 54 degree bolt but Im 99% sure the Vanguard S2 does not . . . .

I am only intimately familiar with the Mark V, and have never owned a Vanguard. Had thought all Weatherbys had this 54 degree bolt, but that may not be the case. It is the case with the Mark V.

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#3689128 - 06/11/14 08:35 PM Re: Tikka or Weatherby? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I cannot say a single bad thing about any of the Tikka's I have owned. All are shooters and I wish I would have kept a couple of them now that after market stocks are made for them.

I also had a Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .257 WBY Mag. It was a great shooter and my only issue with it was that the bolt seem to have a loose fit when it was in the fully open position. It just had too much play for my liking.

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