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Savage or Tikka

jt59

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Been thinking about a 308 bolt gun. One local shop has a Savage model 11 with 3-9x Nikon for $500, used like new. Another shop has a Tikka T3 (no scope) in like new condition for $500.
I am leaning toward the Tikka. Does anyone have relevant advice? And I am sure someone will say "Buy both", but I don't need two bolt guns in 308.
 

easttex

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I'd take Tikka over Savage based strictly on reputation. I know several who own Tikkas and do not part with them. I know several who've owned several Savages over the years and tend to trade them off when the time is right.

My $0.02
 

The Wind

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I’m very satisfied with my tikka t3x in .270 win. In fact I bought the same model in .223 rem as it’s much cheaper to shoot and also easier on my shoulder. Very smooth action, full floating barrel. For the same money I would buy the tikka.
 

kopcicle

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Neither.
Trip over a Remington 788. Not the short light one, the full length heavy one.
You'll thank me later. Sometimes they show up at bargain prices. Mostly they don't show up at all.

Second choice is the BSA CF-2 dead even with the Savage. Same,
they show up at bargain prices. Mostly they don't show up at all.

The Tikka is a fine rifle out of the box while the Savage could use a trigger upgrade.

Then there is mainstream. Model 70 or 700.

YMMV
 

tac-40

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Own both and they are the same accuracy wise (me the shooter). If you want a rifle to upgrade to a specific style, the Savage is the way to go. If you want a great all around rifle that is accurate with just about every ammo type, then go with the Tikka.
 

jt59

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OK, I could not decide, so I got both! I need to mount a scope on the Tikka and take both to the range to find out which I like best. I will give one to my son when he is out of the Navy. The prices were good so I don't think the value will go down in the next few years.
 
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