If cost is no issue I'll always recommend building a rifle. Way more choices that way. What is the purpose of this rifle? If it is primarily for big game, I would build a lighter rifle in 260. If the rifle is going to be for target/long range, I'd build a heavier Creed. If you are going to build a heavy hunting gun I'd build something with more poop than either.-----SS
Tikka's are incredible, I've been shooting all sorts of 700s for years and in the fall I purchased a T3 lite stainless in .308 for my left handed daughter and I am impressed with everything about it, 1/2 moa out of the box and the the action is like nothing I've ever had. High priced magazines are the only downfall. I'm planning on a 6.5 Swede next and to replace my 7mm next year.
I'd like to know a little more about your plans for the rifle as well... The T3 line of rifles is pretty awesome. I enjoyed my 270 WSM and I imagine the CTR would shoot well also. My only gripe with the T3 is the crappy stock. I never cared for the plastic feel of it.
It will be mainly for messing around 6-700 yards, probably a hunt or two for now, although I am going to give up the bow and probably gravitate towards a rifle, I like all the positive comments about the Tikka
You got to love it...like maybe off hand at pot guts or running jack rabbits.
Fast, next time your out on a long straight road with no traffic, place a 5 gal bucket(about the size of an elks chest) in the road, get in your car and drive 4/10ths of a mile down the road, stop, get out of your car and sight back at that bucket sitting there:grin:
If you limit yourself to messing around at 6-700, an accurate Creedmore would do fine. If you ever think you will shoot at critters that far I would get something bigger. I shoot with a guy who has a bone stock Savage Creedmore and he shoots just fine out to 1000. My favorite gun for messing around out to 1000 is the 6 BR. -----SS
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