Tikka Shows Off New T3x Rifle at NRA 2016

At the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, Tikka and parent company Beretta were showing off the new T3x rifle, an improved version of their T3 hunting and sporting bolt action rifles. The T3x is a system developed as a direct result of feedback from Tikka’s customers, and the representatives from the company present at the show were very proud of that fact.


The changes to the T3 address, primarily, complaints about the stock, as well as the (hunting) rifle’s surprising foray into the long range precision shooting market. The first of a whole host of changes, the T3x stock is filled with foam, unlike its predecessor’s hollow stock, intended to eliminate the “thonk” noise that Tikka stocks have become known for. Further, the aluminum recoil lug has been replaced with a steel lug, and the buttpad replaced with a very squishy recoil pad that I would compare to the very nice Remington R3 pad. Among the ergonomic changes to the rifle, the T3x features modular grip sections for both nondominant and dominate hands. The pistol grip swaps for modules with different angles, and the forestock can be modified with a triangular extension that provides a more steady rest for precision shooting from sandbags.

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Further morphing the T3 into a dual-purpose hunting/precision rig, Tikka adjusted the scope mount to handle the additional mass of very heavy, high magnification scopes and to improve aesthetics, and also enlarged the ejection port to help facilitate single-loading even when wearing gloves and when access is impeded by large scope mounts and/or throw levers. Finally, gone is the polymer bolt shroud, replaced by a much-demanded steel bolt shroud.

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Oh, and, in addition to the calibers offered for the T3, the T3x will also come in 6.5 Creedmoor. Further, for those wondering, the T3 and T3x stocks and receivers are completely interchangeable.

Speaking with Tikka representatives, they are not done yet modifying and improving the T3 series of rifles, but can’t say any more than that yet. Keep your eyes peeled, and be sure to check TFB for more updates!


Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Major Tom

    and for those wondering they say that the C-19 is already on the
    European market and is awaiting introduction to the US market”

    Well that answers one of my questions.

  • Vitor Roma

    Welcome to the 6.5 master race. Although I’m 99% they already offer in 6.5×55

    • Tassiebush

      You can up that to 100%. I have seen a few at my shop.

      • Smedley54

        And I’ve owned one.

    • MechanizedSwede

      T3 varmint in 6,5×55 is probably the most common base for a precision rifle build here in Sweden. Well maybe, second to the Sauer 200 STR

  • Daniel

    When will they make a 300 blk model?

    • iksnilol

      I don’t know why people get hung up on 300 BLK so much.

      Like, if a gun is made in 5.56 and has a barrel that can be changed without much problems you can just convert it to 300 BLK.

      • Dan

        Because they are invested in that craptastic round. The only reason I hate it is due to the shear amount of fanboys proclaiming it to be the 2nd coming of Jesus in cartridges. I will now sit back, wait for the fanboys to get their pitchforks and torches and burn me at the stake. I will however not read their replies or respond.

        • iksnilol

          I can respect that.

          Personally I don’t really care for 300 BLK. I guess if you want to experience AK ballistics with an AR it is good. I prefer 7.62×39 though. + I can wildcat it to 6.5 pseudogrendel and 9×39. How hard is it to change barrels on the Howa mini actions? I kinda want to build a swich barrel setup out of one of those.

    • DW

      You go buy Ruger American Rifle instead. Similar features, cheaper gun.

  • SirOliverHumperdink

    Love my ‘old T3’. I’ve got a T3 in 270 WSM and I stuck a limbsaver on it and had the bolt fluted, deadnutz mount and a 4×12 Zeiss Terra.

  • Russ

    Which T3x variants will be available in 6.5 Creedmoor?

  • gusto

    splendid rifle
    I have not owned a t3x but 5 t3 and 2 are still in my possesion one s/s and one sporter

    not that I didn’t love the others, and they all got the upgrades that come standard with the t3x, but due to stupid laws we have a limit on the number of rifles we keep ):

    Somewhat regret selling my 9,2×62 because that is a great calibre in a great rifle, i’d go into hell and back with that and not feel undergunned. too big for daises and too small for T-rex but perfect for everything inbetween

    all of them have shot great

    I honestly don’t see how sako can be worth twcie as much

  • Don Ward

    Excellent news!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    My favorite bolt action rifles just got better. Very nice.

  • It’s only in the CTR right now, because that’s Tikka’s “precision” offering at the moment.

    However, there are whispers on the wind of a 24″ version…

  • cahillm2

    Any news of the Tikka C19 Canadian Ranger rifle being imported?