The Tikka T3x Lite is produced in Finland in their state-of-the-art facility and sold all over the world to spread the word about how impressive these rifles are. All lite models are built with the famous T3x synthetic stock. My favorite part of the stock is the interchangeable pistol grips and the separate attachment point to change the width of the stock’s fore-end. This attribute allows hunters to change their grip angle to improve ergonomics based on the shooting position that’s best for the individual. As you hold this gun, the first thing you’ll notice is how light and balanced the rifle feels. Once you fire the rifle the T3x recoil pad reduces almost all of the impact from the operation and has steel recoil lug to prevent wear and tear. The light 2.5 lb trigger pull makes this gun not only feel great, but allows you to focus all of your attention on the shot instead of the recoil and trigger pull. I would argue that if you can’t hit your target at 600 yards with this rifle, maybe hunting is not your thing.

Specs:

Tikka T3x Lite
Weight 6.4 lbs
Overall Length 42.6″
Barrel Length 22.4″
Twist Rate 1:11″
Trigger Pull Weight  2.5 lbs
Magazine Capacity  3+1
MSRP  $680

Pros:

  • Incredibly accurate
  • Lightweight
  • A smooth cycle of operations
  • Cheaper than comparable models

Cons:

  • Anyone can nitpick on the aesthetics or the synthetic stock, but this is the best possible rifle for under $700

Features:

  • Two-Stage safety secures the bolt and trigger
  • Adjustable and ambidextrous cheekpiece for maximum comfort
  • Two-locking lug bolt for incredibly smooth firing
  • Free-Floating Barrel

Where Can I Buy a Tikka T3x Lite?

Since Tikka is manufactured in Finland it’s difficult to find these phenomenal guns at most major stores. You can buy these guns used at places like Gun Broker, Armslist, and Utah Gun Exchange. My choice is to look for a Tikka dealer on their website so you can go and get a feel for the rifle and know that the gun is directly from the Tikka factory. If you’re looking for a discount, then you should go with Palmetto State Armory (for veterans and police). Either way, buying a brand new Tikka for under $700 is an absolute deal and if you can get 10% off the top, you’ll feel like you stole the gun.

Tikka T3x Lite .30-06 Springfield Bolt Action Rifle, Black - JRTXE320

 

 

Bergara B-14 Timber Rifle

The Bergara B-14 Timber in the .270 is featured in another article I wrote, so you can find all the information on Bergara (B-14 Series).  The B-14 chambered in the 30-06 is my favorite because it’s the chamber that I’ve shot for years and I understand exactly what the round is capable of and what ammo to use. The B-14 stands out because it’s the most affordable of the Bergara rifles and works just as well as any other rifle you’ll find for $1,000. I absolutely love the Walnut stock with embedded pillars for better stability and accuracy. Everything about a Bergara screams quality and luxury, especially the curved trigger that has no creep and a soft 3lb pull. Bergara has better rifles, just like Tikka, but you’ll never find a better new rifle for this price point.