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Has anyone ever hunted with a tikka? What are they like? I see Sako owns them- is Tikka a budget model Sako or what?
Actually Tikka is owned by Beretta since they recently acquired Sako. It is not a budget Sako but a good design of its own merits. Since it uses a straight line detatchable mag the bolt feels as if it's riding on ball bearings. I've got one in .223 and have shot quite a few deer and varmints with it. They sell for cheap here in my part of the US because folks don't know much about the line and it's the only way to move them. There's nothing cheap or substandard about a Tikka. A good, accurate, reliable bolt action rifle.
I just got off the phone with a friend who was assisting me in finding a Tikka Continental in .243. The website says that they're imported in the U.S. in that caliber, but none of the distributors has them.
It's my understanding that Tikkas are made in the same factory as Sako's and have Sako barrels, but different bolts, etc. They're fine rifles and are extremely accurate. Now if I could just find a Continental in .243!!!!!!
Tikkas are excelent rifles.
Originally posted by WalterGA
It's my understanding that Tikkas are made in the same factory as Sako's and have Sako barrels, but different bolts, etc. They're fine rifles and are extremely accurate.
Tikkas also have the same trigger assembly as Sako... and it's excellant. A friend has a Tikka Whitetail Hunter in .308, (the lucky SOB won it at a Whitetails Unlimited banquet) and it's an excellant rifle, the most accurate out-of-the-box rifle I've ever fired. Fit and finish is top-notch, and it's not too expensive either!! If I were in the market for a bolt action, there's no doubt I'd get a Tikka. And for the south-paws like me, they have left-handed models in all the calibers available to righties, for no extra charge.
Anyone have a low price source for them?
Arbee: If there's a Bass Pro Shops in your area, try them. Last time I checked, they only carried Tikkas in the long action calibers, but they put them on sale for around $400.
Thanks, Walter. I saw them there a couple of years ago, but had not noticed recently. I'll check it out.
So anyone have a line on short action sources? Tjpet - where did you get your .223?
thanks chaps you guys have convinced me to go have a look at them at the local importer- who knows what I might come home with??;f
Walter --- I checked at Bass Pro here. They run about $450 in synthetic stocks. They only carry the long action calibers, but Bass Pro's distibutor showed a .243 in their catalogue, I think in both synthetic and walnut (the Continental). I didn't have the guy call the distributor to see if they have any in stock, but it might be worth checking if you have not tried that yet.
Be aware that Tikka uses a proprietary one-piece base/ring system. It works well, but it's not something you can find at your local Blast-O-Rama.
Other than that, they're a heck of a value.
Arbee: $450 for a Tikka Whitetail Hunter isn't a bad price. Are you sure that was the Continental in .243?? The Continental does have a walnut stock, but it also has a 26" heavy barrel.
Walter, I think you are right. The Continental has the heavier barrel and an oiled or non-glass finish from the photo in the catalogue, and they were only in 30.06 and a couple of Mags, as I recall. A very good looking rifle. Looks like it must be 7 1/2 lbs (arrgh), but good looking.
I think the .243 in a high glass walnut with a dark forend was probably a Whitetail and about $100 more than the synthetic. (I hate high gloss so much I think I would rather have the synthetic myself.)
Don't I recall that you have a .243 Winchester 70 classic?
Arbee: The Mod. 70 was a rifle that I bought for my youngest son, who never took to rifle-shooting. We sold the Win. just before Christmas/2001. I still have a Rem. 700 VLS in .243, but just want to try a Tikka. If the Continental were availble in .243 and I like it a lot, I'd sell the Rem.
Walter - also the $450 was for the synthetic version; walnut runs about $100 more.
I've got one in 7mm Mag. I have had it come 4 years this Christmas and it has been shot twice, so I can't tell you too much about it. Sad but true...
i believe these guys have the Continentals in stock
Thanks Roger! I just e-mailed them, as they do show a listing for the Continental in .243.
my buddy picked up the Tikka Delux in .243 from them, he absolutely loves it. Im not sure how good their pricing is, though.
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