Tikka T3X is an excellent bolt action rifle made by Sako Firearms. They are known for introducing affordable weaponry for newbies who want to explore the wonderful world of hunting and competitive shooting.
If you own a T3X or are planning to get one, take my congratulations beforehand! I know you are going to love the weapon to bits! But I know a formula to make you love the weapon even more! That’s right, pairing a scope with your Tikka T3X will take your experience from zero to a hundred real quick!
And I presume you have a scope already, right? If you do and now wondering which rings or mounts to purchase for your Tikka, you have come to the right place.
So, fasten your seatbelt and hold on tight! This ride isn’t gonna be bumpy, but it sure will be fast! Without further ado, let’s jump right into and find out the best scope mounts for Tikka T3X!
What Kind Of Scope Mounts Does Tikka T3X Use?
The default mounting system on the Tikka is quite straightforward. Typically, a Tikka will feature a 16.5 dovetail on the receiver. It also has 4 mounting holes and a recoil notch. But if you are planning to use Weaver/Picatinny rail rings, or already purchased some of them, then you will need to convert your dovetail to Picatinny.
And that’s pretty easy to do as well. Thankfully, EGW got just the right thing for you! Their T3X Picatinny scope rail mount is an inexpensive solution. You just need to place it on top of your dovetail receiver and install the included screws with the kit.
Once you manage to tighten it up enough and check the level with a water level bubble, then you are set to look for scope rings. Keep in mind, that the rail needs to be leveled. Otherwise, it will interfere with your scope mounts and make it impossible to zero your weapon. Thus, hurting the accuracy.
How To Choose The Best Scope Mount For Tikka T3X?
Now that you know what types of rings are supported by the weapon and what some of them are, how do you choose just one from them? Well, you could always coin toss! Jokes aside, let me give you a little insight that might come in handy.
Tikka T3X isn’t receiving the world’s worst recoil management award anytime soon. But it isn’t the most forgiving gun on the planet either. The recoil is good enough to rattle your optic and the mounting gears you use. If the scope mount isn’t as durable as it needs to be, then it will crack before you know it.
Don’t cheap out when it comes to durable material for scope rings.
As you can see, some variants of the Tikka come with different sizes of dovetails. Make sure the ring you are about to get fits your gun’s receiver. Or you could always just use a converter and use Picatinny rails. That might be simpler.
As you can see, some rings can be more expensive than a lot of optics. Their build quality and precise machining make them the top choices for any potential buyers.
But if you are not willing to spend that much, you can always opt for a budget variant. This is why having a strict budget in mind helps with the decision-making.
Should I Purchase Dovetail Rings Or Convert It To Picatinny?
In my opinion, that’s your personal preference. If you find yourself more comfortable using and removing dovetail rings, then who am I to blame you? But if you want the more advanced features such as quick release, or support to thicker optics, then you might want to convert the rail to a Picatinny.
Best Tikka T3X Scope Mounts
I will try to divide this part in two, helping you guys stick to what you find comfortable with. If you are not going to convert the rail, then let’s talk about Tikka T3X dovetail rings, shall we?
1. Sportsmatch TO84 Two Pieces 30mm Dovetail Rings
If you search for the best T3X rings, you will find a ton of user reviews of them having success with the TO84. This masterpiece from Sportsmatch has been hailed as the king for a long time now!
The set of rings is made out of high-quality aluminum. Aluminum is a go-to choice for scope rings by many manufacturers. Due to its durability, resistance against rust, and price-to-performance ratio, aluminum is often preferred by many over steel.
As for the performance, it will hold onto your 30mm scopes like there is no tomorrow! Due to the perfect torque strength, these pair of rings won’t bite onto your scope to damage the coating of it. You don’t need to use any third-party protector or masking tape to secure the fit either. Thanks to its grip, the zero of your weapon is here to stay forever!
2. Warne Maxima Tikka Permanently Attached Rings
Warne is another popular gun accessories manufacturer. Their products are some of the best in the market and their after-sales service is also excellent. Due to that, they have a name for themselves among hunters and competitive shooters.
The Maxima series of rings is available in different configurations. For example, you can buy this ring in 40mm, 30mm, and 1” configurations.
The rings are made out of solid steel and have an anti-rust coating to them. They are also scratch-resistant and will not break from accidental flaws. As they mount directly on your Tikka, you don’t need a conversion kit for them either. They are not that cheap but if you are going all out, they are well worth considering.
3. Talley Tikka T3 and Tikka Master Scope Mount
If you want a one-piece design and don’t want to break the bank for it, then Talley has just the right thing for you!
One-piece style rings are quite popular for their rugged exterior and solid grip on the weapon directly. They don’t move around much and they don’t overtighten your scope to the point where it gets scratched.
The rings are made out of 7000 series aluminum. Talley wanted a one-piece design that was rugged and more durable than steel and also stays in place for as long as you possibly want it to! If you know Talley or used their products in the past, you are already aware that this is as good as it gets!
Best Tikka T3X Picatinny Rings
Now that we are done with the dovetail and one-piece design, how about we venture into a bit “modern” style and find out more available options? If you didn’t convert your weapon receiver to Picatinny, then this part of the article doesn’t concern you. But if you did, then this is the part you have been waiting for!
1. Vortex Optics Pro Series Riflescope Rings
Vortex riflescopes are some of the best you can buy. They make scopes suitable for Tikka as well. And I have reason to believe you might also have a scope from Vortex ready to pair with the Tikka!
Even if you don’t, their scope rings are universal and will support any weaver/Picatinny rails and any scope that has the same dimension as their rings. The Pro series of rings from Vortex is made out of high-quality aluminum.
While you have reasons to believe they are not as durable as blued steel, they are not far behind. They have built-in recoil slug and they also have laser etched markings for torque value. Which helps newbie users not mess up the torque and destroy their optics. I can see you might find this pair of rings a bit expensive, but they are well worth the money.
2. Vortex Precision Matched Riflescope Rings
You thought you had enough of Vortex? Well, not on my watch! Jokes aside, their Precision Matched rings are too good to not mention. They are extremely pricey, but they are indeed precisely cut to match your requirements.
Made from the 7000 series aluminum billet, certified to use in aircraft-grade constructions, you practically have a pair of indestructible rings on your hand. That is unless you put them under a road roller. Then again, why would you?
They will fit on Weaver/Picatinny matched rails. Don’t try to mount them on a dovetail. They will hold zero of your scope as long as you have the right dimensions. It doesn’t cut into your scope and it has a perfect amount of torque set from the company. Installing this is super simple. The only thing that might keep you away from this is the price tag. But once you see for what they are, you will gladly pay the premium!
3. Monstrum Precision Scope Rings
You thought I forgot about the budget shoppers? Sike! Well, here is my top pick for shoppers who want precisely cut-scope rings but on a budget! This pair of rings from Monstrum is made out of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum.
The weight distribution of the scope is incredibly good and they are made to last you a long time. Monstrum uses Type-III MIL-STD 8625 Hard Anodization. This adds an extra layer of protection and a look that makes it premium.
If you are looking for the best Tikka T3X Rings on a budget, Monstrum rings are the one to get. Their performance is just incredible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Dovetail Rings Better Than Picatinny?
I can see why this argument works. Some converter rails aren’t precisely cut and they have some gap left between the receiver and the converter. That results in malfunction and inaccuracy.
But the answer to this question would be subjective. For some, a dovetail is better. For others, Picatinny is better due to having more advanced features like quick detach and factory torque information etched on the product.
Is Tikka T3X A Good Gun For Hunting?
Yes, it is. In fact, it’s an excellent option for hunting! If you are just starting out and don’t know much about hunting or hunting rifles, this one will be enough to walk you through everything and make you a better shooter than before.
Does Tikka T3X Support A RifleScope?
Yes, it does! It supports almost any riflescope you may want to get! It also supports red dot sights if you add in a conversion kit! By default, it will not support any scopes. As scopes tend to come without mounting gears, you won’t be able to tape your cope to the gun. So, you will need the right scope mounts for Tikka T3X before you get started.
What Is The Best Scope For Tikka T3X?
That will depend on various things. If you have the budget to go all out, you can buy something from Vortex, Trijicon, Leupold, Or Zeiss even. At the budget end, these companies also have something to offer.
But for most people, Vortex Strike Eagle or Vortex Crossfire II will be a good starting point.
As you can see, the Tikka T3X is a wonderful weapon and you definitely should improve your experience with a scope. I know choosing the right scope and right mounting gears is not the easiest task in the world, but hey, we gotta do what we gotta do!
Hopefully, this guide was able to help you find the best Tikka T3X Scope mounts and help you point towards the right direction as well.
With that said, that’s all for now. As usual, thanks for reading and I appreciate you taking some time out of your busy schedule to hang around. Will see you on the next one with more fun and informative guides. Till then, take care and have fun!