View Full Version : tikka t3 Vs. Howa .243
04-23-2007, 01:16 PM
Hi i'm looking to buy a .243 cal rifle for my wife and of course my self. It will be used for varmint hunting as well as deer and antelope. I like the .243 for it's accuaracy and versatility and it won't give my wife much recoil. I am looking at either a Howa Axiom or a Tikka T3. I've heard good things about both guns but am leaning toward the Howa with the axiom stock so it can be adjusted for me or my wife. Does anyone have any suggestions or input on this subject that may be beneficial in my decision thanks.
04-23-2007, 03:43 PM
Also considering the Sako 75 or Weatherby mark V supervarmint hunter. I want the most accurate gun I can get that is also well make and will last in all conditions. I'm kind of torn between which gun is the best for the dollar. I have freinds who have the weatherbys in the 22-250 and are great guns but i think out of the box some the others may have better accuracy.
04-23-2007, 09:22 PM
the T3 will be the best bang for your buck!!!!!
get you wife the tikka she will love you forever for buying it!!!!!!
seriously though the tikka is a great rifle the action is smoother that you know what and it is a straight shooter!!!!!
I told myself I would never buy anything other than a tikka or a CZ.
04-23-2007, 09:52 PM
Listen to Kato! He is a genius. I love my T3. I have never seen the kind of accuracy out of the box I get with mine. The first day I shot it, with brand new scope and factory ammo I was shooting 1" groups and under within 15 minutes. I recommend Tikka every chance I get now.
04-24-2007, 08:09 AM
If you're looking at various rifles (and at the prices you are considering) you should certainly consider the Weatherby Vanguard Sub-MOA rifles. You can get one in 243, in either stainless (with a black synthetic stock) or blued (with a tan synthetic stock). These rifles are guaranteed to be shooters, and offer some significant value for the price. They are usually around $650-670 for the blued version, and $750-760 for the stainless. Either way, great rifles, and not too heavy or too light, so carrying and recoil are not negatively affected either way. The 243 version is rated at about 7.75lbs, which is a little heavier than the Tikka (about 6.5-7lbs, depending on the model), but should be right in line with the Howa, as they are the same action, just different stocks. For the money, the Vanguard is right up there with anything else on the market, and better than many guns costing substantially more.
04-24-2007, 10:55 AM
All great replies thanks guys. I was looking the weatherby's but I love the look of the howa with the axiom stock and I plan on using a bipod. Since the weatherby vanguard is the same action and barrel as the howa I can only assume it will shoot great. The only thing holding back from the T3 is all the plastic parts. I have a savage 22-250 adn it shoots super straight out of the box and the trigger is by far the best.
04-24-2007, 09:13 PM
if you dont like the plastic on the tikka t3 get the hunter!!
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