Tikka T3 Varmint

When it comes to accuracy and consistency the T3 Varmint is hard to surpass. The bolt-action rifle is reliable whether you use it in the range or in the plains. The Varmint sports a free-floating barrel which eliminates vibration and is guaranteed not to overheat during use.

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Basic Specifications (depends on calibre)

  • Length – 1,020 and 1,110 mm
  • Barrel Length – 510 and 600 mm
  • Weight – 3.4 and 3.6 kg
  • Rate of Twist – 8 to 14 inches
  • Magazine Capacity – 3 to 6


Tikka T3 Varmint SS
Tikka T3 Varmint SS

Tikka rifles are popular with many shooters and hunters because accuracy is never an issue. That, the smooth bolt and the variety of calibres the rifles come in means that there is an available model that is right for any eventuality. The Varmint, in particular, is a heavier barrelled version of the T3 designed for varmints or vermin/ foxes use. However, with 19 calibres available, the Tikka T3 Varmint can fulfil a very versatile role.

  • 204 Ruger
  • 222 Rem
  • 22-250 Rem
  • 243 Win
  • 260 Rem
  • 7mm-08 Rem
  • 308 Win
  • 270 Win Short Mag
  • 300 Win Short Mag
  • 25-06 Rem
  • 6.5×55 SE
  • 270 Win
  • 30-06
  • 9.3×62
  • 7mm Rem Mag
  • 300 Win Mag
  • 338 Win Mag

As with any rifle, accuracy stems from the barrel and how it is bedded. Tikka uses high-grade stainless steel in their barrels, which are also cold-hammer forged and then free floated to ensure optimum accuracy is achieved. It is finished in a matte, coarse finish that is highly recommended for sporting use because it reduces glare.

The stock is made of synthetic, glass-fibre reinforced copolymer polypropylene with 3 raised textured panel that aids grip as well as a better for a bipod. The stock also features a raised cheek piece that makes it easier to align through a scope at a comfortable head position. The extra wide fore-end provides a steady shooting platform for bench rest shooting, and the swivel stud allows for the addition of a bipod or sling.

The T3 Varmint stock is not the most attractive out there, and some users would have added rubberised grips, but it certainly does the job of making the whole rifle lightweight. Something you would want to think about when hunting out in the wild on your own two feet.

And with the aftermarket options available today to replace the plastic components, the Tikka T3 Varmint (or any Tikka T3 for that matter) becomes not only a viable option, but an enticing one as well.

The action has a large and flat bedding surface and a recoil lug set against an inlayed stock which all contributes to achieving a sub-1 MOA accuracy. Of course, accuracy also rely on a trigger that can harness this quality of craftsmanship into a well-placed shot. That is why the trigger on the Tikka T3 Varmint is fully adjustable from 2 to 4 pounds, taking into consideration the preference of any user.

However, users do find the Tikka T3’s “one size fits all” action can be longer and bulkier than is needed. This becomes evident from the magazine, where 1/4 of the space is blocked out.

Featuring a spring-loaded plunger ejector, the bolt of the T3 Varmint also has a removable handle and a 70-degree opening angle for the smoothest action in the market. Some user say that it feels like the bolt is gliding on ball bearings.

For safety, this Tikka rifle provides a 2 stages of safety: one for blocking the trigger and the other for blocking the bolt handle. The safety switches are easy to operate and the indicators are very visible, so you know the rifle is locked or ready for firing.

When it comes to the magazine, all Tikka rifles, including the T3 Varmint, sports a single-column and detachable clip magazine that is reinforced with sturdy fibreglass. Depending on the calibre or model, each magazine clip can hold 3, 5, or 6 rounds. Tikka installed flush release in front of the magazine to prevent any accidental releases. The latch also features horizontal grooves for improved grip and contact.

So, if you are looking for an accurate, durable, lightweight, and affordable rifle, you can’t go wrong with a Tikka T3 Varmint

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