Optics For New T3Posted by Anonymous on February 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm
I just bought a new T3 and I was wondering what optics would be recommended for a budget of around $200.00? I am thinking of buying the Game Reaper Tikka T3-Low Mount for a new scope. Also, would it be okay to use Uncle Mike's Gun-Tite on the screw threads for the scope mount?
MemberFebruary 20, 2013 at 2:17 pm1 Bullseye
What are you going to use the rifle for? Hunting? Target shooting? Competition? And at what distances do you expect to be shooting? Usually the use to which you will put the rifle informs the question of what scope you purchase. That said, $200 isn't going to get you much scope.
Also, do you plan to spend $200 on just the scope or the scope and mount? Your T3 should have included 1″ rings that mount to the integral rail, thus obviating the need to purchase aftermarket rings/base. Unless of course, you plan to purchase a scope with a 30mm tube (which are usually more expensive).
MemberFebruary 21, 2013 at 3:27 am1 Bullseye
Your T3 should have included 1″ rings that mount to the integral rail, thus obviating the need to purchase aftermarket rings/base.
After switching out factory rings on almost a dozen Tikka's for aftermarket rings, I finally decided to try a set of factory rings on a .308 I just aquired. By shot #20 the rear ring was sliding in the base (after lapping the rings and torqueing the ring-to-base connection to 35 inch pounds) and dragging the scope thru the front ring (which was torqued to 20 inch pounds). By shot #30 the whole set up had slid 1/4″ on the rifle.
I don't trust factory Tikka rings anymore. If anyone has had better luck than me, I have a bag full of brand new ones, and one used set for sale…cheap.
That said, I do have 2 sets of deadnutz ring/base combos for sale. Just contact me if interested.
MemberFebruary 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm1 Bullseye
Wow, I had no idea the factory rings were that bad. I have two T3 Stainless Lite rifles. One chambered in 22-250 and the other in .243. I'm using the factory rings on the 22-250 and have expereinced no problems. One the .243 I installed a picatinny rail and 30mm rings because of the scope I use on it. I guess the low recoil of the 22-250 is the reason my factory rings haven't moved.
To the OP. If you're rifle is chambered in anything more powerful that 22-250, I retract my statement regarding the factory rings. 🙂
MemberFebruary 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm1 Bullseye
When I bought my Lite SS T3 .308, the shop (a dedicated local gun shop with a gunsmith onsite) strongly suggested that I swap out the Tikka rings for Redfield rings, or similar aftermarket rings, when mating the rifle to a Nikon Prostaff BDC 3-9×40. scope
In fact, they were rather insistent that the rings were of prime importance.
I followed the advice.
MemberFebruary 22, 2013 at 3:09 am1 Bullseye
Lord knows I love everything Tikka. So I thought I'd give it a try. Lapping the rings gave them every opportunity to perform properly. And perfect torqueing to specs insured everything was set up properly.
Maybe the rings are o.k., but the weak link is the clamping surface of the rings on the base machined into the reciever. It's just not enough.
MemberJuly 7, 2013 at 4:02 am1 Bullseye
While I have not had the issues Yukon has had, I don't run the factory rings on hard kicking caliber. In fact the only T3 that is now wearing pair is a 223 Lite stainless. Most get Talley lightweight rings, which I find to be an outstanding product.
MemberAugust 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm1 Bullseye
If you're punching paper or maybe even trying your hand at some tactical shooting the Bushnell Elite Tactical 10x fixed power can be had for $199 through Midway or many other sources. These scopes have a great reputation for consistency for the money! As for rings I really like Warne rings for the money. I had them on my rifle for well over a year and when I took them off there were no ring marks at all on the scope. If I hadn't wanted to get my new scope a little closer (and changed to a 30mm tube) to the receiver/barrel they'd went back on my rifle. With that said I sent a little extra coin and went with Seekins Precision rings this time and I have to say “they are built like a tank”.
MemberSeptember 9, 2014 at 4:00 am1 Bullseye
Also, do you plan to spend $200 on just the scope or the scope and mount? Your T3 should have included 1″ rings that mount to the integral rail,
Did anyone in Canada get these rings that i keep hearing is included with the rifle??
i know i didnt, my buddy didnt, and every tikka at lebaron didnt… i think 2 yrs ago when i was at AlFlhertys they said the tikka came with rings but when i just bought my compact there this year obviously it didnt.
MemberDecember 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm1 Bullseye
got a used bushnell bone collector on my used t3 308. not bad at all for the price.
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