The Tikka T3 started as a relatively unknown European bolt gun with a rather odd-looking design.
For starters, it used a three-lug bolt with a one-piece receiver that had a minimized ejection port. It was also very affordable to own and, as it turned out, extremely accurate.
Suddenly, the Tikka name was on every shooter’s lips, and this brand ignited the budget rifle wars that are happening today. The three-lug design with a bolt that is the same diameter as the lugs is now commonly seen on other rifles, and MOA accuracy has become the standard.
We have Tikka to thank for all that.
The Tikka T3’s threelug “fat” bolt and enclosed bolt face were revolutionary at the time, but these guns started a budget rifle war that’s still being fought today.