The folks over at Tikka have been making amazing bolt action rifles for over a century now. Their manufacturing prowess has only improved over the years, but their price tag has generally remained out of the reach of the average shooter. Launching this year Tikka is producing a line of rifles called the T3X to address that specific issue, improving on their existing line while reducing the overall cost of the gun. That’s a one-two punch that should give the likes of Weatherby and Remington a run for their money, especially at an MSRP of roughly $600 . . .
In a “have it your way” kind of style, the T3X is available (RIGHT NOW!) in a number of different flavors. Whether you want a threaded barrel or a set of iron sights, the gun can be purchased in whatever configuration suits you best. While that’s all well and good the real interesting thing is all the little design changes that have gone to improve the gun.
Starting at the top, the Picatinny rail mount interface has been modified to better suit the heavier scopes available these days. Added screw holes and improved recoil lugs make sure that the rail section isn’t going anywhere.
Much of the intricate metal work has been removed from the receiver in order to keep machine time to a minimum, but even so the gun still looks amazing.
The ejection port has been widened to allow for easier ejection as well as easier loading for the single round versions of the gun. The idea is that a wider ejection port will allow the larger scope mounts to be added without interfering with the operation of the gun, which is a smart move. The bolt has also been changed — the throw angle has been increased slightly for better torque on extraction and to allow for some bigger magnum calibers down the road.
One final change I want to highlight is the grip. Instead of a “one size fits all” approach the folks at Tikka have gone for an interchangeable grip that can be altered to suit the shooter’s specific style. Available in two versions at launch — a slim “speed” version for hunting and a more squared off “precision” version for bench rest and long range shooting.
I like it. Naturally we’ve asked for one to review, so stand by for that.