Compact vs. Compact Lite vs. Hunter vs. Varminter
I'm thinking about acquiring a(nother) Tikka, this time in .223 Rem. It would be used for targets in the 100-600 yard range, and for small varmints in the 100-300 yard range.
I'm having a bit of difficulty trying to sort out the merits and drawbacks of the various models. I have a T3 compact Lite in .243 for coyotes that's a pleasure to shoot. It gets warm after three or four rounds but I figure that's not a problem for coyotes. Small varmints may be another story.
First question: Setting caliber aside for the moment, what are the substantive differences between the Compact, Compact Lite, Hunter and Varminter?
Second question: Several outlets have a version of the T3 Lite with product code JRTE312 available at very attractive prices. It seems to have a 10″ twist instead of the 8″ twist preferred by some folks in a recent thread. What am I sacrificing with that rifle or alternatively, what would I gain by choosing one of the other models?
Third question: My other two scopes max out at 7 (for the .243) and 8 (for a .30-06) power. Assuming I'd be using the .223 for squirrels out to 300 yards, would a scope in the range of 4-12 or 4-16 power be adequate?
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