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Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

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Which .223 rifle should I go with?

Weatherby Vanguard Series 2
5
63%
Tikka T3
1
13%
Other - see comments below
2
25%
 
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Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby Senah » Mon May 13, 2013 5:53 pm

Hey there folks. I've been MIA for a while, but thought I'd check back in with a poll and a request for some input.

My husband wants to get me a .223 for our anniversary in August so that I have something to shoot when we are down at the range or out and about when he is shooting his 30-06 so I don't have to hang around like a lump on a log (yeah, he's a catch :) ). At any rate, I've narrowed it down to either getting a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 or a Tikka T3, and I want to likely go with a stainless steel barrel so that it is a little less maintenance (I also like the barrel on my Ruger 10/22 Takedown). A last consideration in my shopping is that I'm more synthetic oriented with rifles at any rate.

So, if you guys have opinions (and I've pretty much decided against a Sako simply due to cost right now, but I like the quality that's why I have Tikka in the mix), or experience, I'd love to hear.

Thanks!!
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby IceFire » Mon May 13, 2013 8:11 pm

I don't have any experience with the Weatherby or the Tikka. For .223, though, I've had a Ruger Mini-14 that I was VERY happy with.
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby oldguy » Mon May 13, 2013 11:23 pm

I don't have any experience with the Tikka but I think they may have made firearms for other manufacturers in the past.Never heard anything negative with them. I do have a Weatherby Mark V in .257 WM and it is a jewell. MOA accuracy and extremely mild recoil. I believe the Vanguard series Weatherby's come with synthetic stocks and a MOA accuracy guarantee.
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby TheGunsmith » Tue May 14, 2013 8:30 am

Only difference is the stock and the iron sights on the Tikka. Mechanically, they are same=same. I have owned a .270 and a .243 Vanguard, and they were both excellent hunting rifles. I would vote for the Weatherby primarily because of the synthetic stock.
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby Dirk Williams » Tue May 14, 2013 1:50 pm

Vanguards are ok, and they have select models that are dammed accurate. But, the Tikka is a really really accurate rifle. Our 223 sniper rifles were Tikka's lite, accurate and balanced. I've only shot around 30 rounds thru the tikka, but that would be my choice.

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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby Senah » Sun May 26, 2013 1:01 pm

Thanks everyone for your votes and thoughtful replies. I'll let you know which way I end up going :)
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby munchie3409 » Mon May 27, 2013 11:35 pm

No doubt in my mind that you would be better served getting the Tikka. You cannot beat the Tikka/Sako action in a factory rifle. There is no finer action available in a factory rifle.

The Vanguard series are produced by Howa for Weatherby. Howa makes great rifles, but it's not a Tikka.
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 vs. Tikka T3?

Postby Senah » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:07 pm

Well, I have a sneaky but great husband, and now I have a great rifle as well. He did the whole "Let's not worry about presents this anniversary" thing, so I showed up yesterday morning with a card, and he walks out with a card...and a weatherby vanguard .223 wi the Monte Carlo stock and a gorgeous Zeiss mounted on top. And to top it all off he had bought all the tips for the cleaning rod and brushes and everything.

And I gotta say - MAN! That sub-MOA guarantee is for real! I was shooting groups of 3 within an inch of each other at 100 yards with basement bargain ammo by the eighth time I pulled the trigger. So excited for this gun! Got some really heavy winds that had already chased everyone else off the range so had to call it a day, but can't wait to get out there again soon!
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