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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Tikka T3x Synthetic vs Laminated vs Hunter

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I'm looking at buying a 30-06 rifle from Tikka in the T3x. It's within my price range and I know a little bit about the guns. But I'm not sure which way to go. Synthetic vs Laminated vs Hunter (wood).

Just a little about me as a hunter/shooter. I hunt in MN, mainly white tail deer but would also like to branch out for other big game while using the same gun (thus 30-06). Plus I've shot by grandpas 30-06 and like the way it handled. I'd probably go to the range to get used to it and sight it in as well.

I'm also in the market for a good, decent scope for it too. Any suggestions with these guns would be welcome!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 09:24 AM
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I'm sure the western hunters will opt for the synthetic stock because you're going to bang it up a few times and it would be a lighter carry. A few hunters will say laminated as it handles getting wet better than wood, however, I am a wood guy. I love burl walnut, and curley maple stocks. I have hunted over 50 years with wood stocks and never had any issues with swelling or change in shot groups. Yes I hunt in rain or shine. Just shoot a light weight synthetic stocked rifle to see how the recoil is vs a heavier wood stock. Any brand name scope in a 3x9x40 would be great for a 30-06. Can't go wrong with a Leupold scope. In scopes you generally get what you pay for. 150-165gr bullets work great on deer sized game. If I were to go after elk with an 06 I would opt for 180gr high quality bullets. Good luck!
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HM is pretty dead-on. The .30-06 is a great cartridge and can be used on almost any game in North America. I also love a good wood stocked rifle, but also recognize that I care a little less about banging a synthetic stocked rifle around in a truck or boat. For glass I'm a big fan of Nikon Buckmasters or ProStaff scopes, or Burris Fullfield II all in 3x9-40s for variable uses. Leupold, Vortex, and others make good glass also. For loads, try either Hornady's American Whitetail loads or you can never go wrong with a plain ol' Remington Core-Lokt bullet.
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Thanks for the info guys! I'll keep thinking about what I want to do. I'm more or less thinking Laminated or Wood at this point and the difference in price is maybe $50 between those two.

As far as scopes, what about the brands Zeiss, Nightforce, or Sig Sauer? Any thing about those you know?
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As far as scopes, what about the brands Zeiss, Nightforce, or Sig Sauer? Any thing about those you know?

I only know Zeiss by reputation, and have never used either of the others. Is there a particular feature in optics that you are looking for?

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Well I used a Marlin 30-30 lever action the last 10 years or so. Never had a scope on in and just shot peep site. I won't be using that gun anymore due to some 'family drama.'

I'm a pretty good shot at a long distance without a scope in general so I'm just looking to improve that shot with getting one. I know from my experience working in outdoor retail that 3x9-40 is a pretty standard set up. So I'm just looking for something that will suit my needs for hunting big game with whatever T3x I get. Because of that retail experience I'm also able to get some deals at certain companies as well so that's part of the reason I asked about them.
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The 3-9x40 variable power scope is kind of ubiquitous in American hunting. There are probably more of them than any other setup. The newer 4-12x50's are worth a look, but the larger objective bell requires taller scope mounts. Zeiss is good-to-great glass, and if you can get a deal that makes it affordable, then why not? The general rule-of-thumb that I always heard was that the glass should cost in the same range as the rifle. Considering where I hunt here in Alaska however, it's not worth it to put that much investment into glass when I can get really good glass for much cheaper. Only you can rationalize that for your needs and specific conditions.
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Sweet. Thanks guys!
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