With interest in long range and “tactical” style shooting at an all time high, it shouldn't be surprising that most firearm manufacturers are turning out their versions of rifles suited for the task. Many of these renditions also offer a “MOA” guarantee out of the box while enticing potential customers to take a more critical look at their product. Tikka has obliged the masses with their answer to a long range rig with the T3X CTR. The MOA guarantee simply means that the rifle has been deemed capable of 1” groups at 100 yards, 2” groups at 200 yards and so on…
Right out of the box you will notice the refined style of the CTX and fall in love with the subtle design features. It just looks like a custom rifle and gives the impression that it will shoot well just by looking at it! The asymmetrical grip is a new feature for Tikka and feels like you’re shaking hands with an old friend as soon as you tighten your grasp.
The CTX is offered in two barrel lengths, each complete with a 5/8-24 threaded muzzle to attach your break or suppressor. Of course theres the option of leaving the threaded cap installed, but whats the fun in that? Our 6.5 Creedmoor currently sits with the cap installed awaiting the final decision of our future expenditure down the road. The 1 in 8 twist barrel comes with a heavy contour which is an “in between” size of shorter and bull barrel options. The added weight allows steady shots from the bag and gives more surface area than a shorter barrel to increase the cooling rate of this tactical beauty.
After bore sighting and then zeroing the scope at 100 yards, we commenced with a six round volley to get to know our new friend. At this point we decided to get into our MOA test to see if we could shoot as well as the rifle. The first three rounds during the test resulted in a 2” group, this could be the result of childlike excitement…We cleaned the barrel, let it cool a bit, and put another three rounds down range. We were absolutely astonished with the MOA result! After a “flier” on the fourth shot the next six rounds were right on the money! We came to the determination that this rifle will outshoot anyone that is not “on their game” behind the trigger!!
We pushed the target out to 200 yards and experienced the same results. Then out to 300 and shot MOA groups until it was too dark to see. We could have shot this Creedmoor all day if we had gotten to the range earlier. Such a pleasure to shoot and everything you could ask for in a factory rifle! Everything about the Tikka T3X CTR was much better than we had anticipated!
Rifle Overall Length:40.1"
Rifle Barrel Length:20"
Rifle Stock:modular synthetic stock