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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.

(Photo: Tikka)

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