New For 2024: Tikka T3x Arctic, CTR M05 & Roughtech Ranch

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posted on May 22, 2024
Tikka T3x Arctic Rifle

Before and since the line's revamp in 2016, the T3x from Tikka has been widely regarded within the bolt-action rifle world, and in 2024, Tikka expanded its T3x line with three new models: the Arctic, CTR M05 and Roughtech Ranch. All three rifles are designed for field use, but each one has a substantially different feature set aimed at fulfilling certain hunting, animal-defense or varmint-control tasks.

One of the more interesting variants with a bit of unique history behind it is the Tikka T3x Arctic, which is the commercially released version of the Colt Canada C19, a T3x copy made under license for use by the Canadian Rangers. Until 2018, the Rangers still carried the venerable Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle for subsistence hunting and self-defense against bears while operating in the Canadian arctic. The No. 4 was replaced by the C19, a new design chambered in .308 Win. making use of a detachable 10-round box magazine.

The Tikka T3x Arctic is built with a stainless-steel receiver paired with a stainless-steel barrel measuring 20" with a 5/8x24 TPI threaded muzzle. Uniquely, the open front sight is threaded onto the barrel's muzzle and must be removed to mount a compatible suppressor or other muzzle device. At the rear of the receiver, the Arctic features an adjustable rear aperture, and just forward of the aperture is a 0-m.o.a. Picatinny optics rail machined integrally into the receiver top. The barreled action sits within a birch laminate stock featuring streaks of orange and gray. The stock includes a rubber recoil pad and sling swivel studs. Stock spacers are included to adjust fit, and a two-stage trigger is included.

Right side of the camouflage-finished Tikka T3x CTR M05 bolt-action rifle.

Also new is the Tikka T3x Compact Tactical Rifle (CTR) M05, which includes the uniquely Finnish M05 Maastokuvio camouflage finish on the rifle's synthetic stock. The stock also provides some modularity, having an interchangeable grip component, as well as an interchangeable wide fore-end. There's also a negative comb cheek riser that aligns a shooter's eye behind an optic mounted to the integrally machined Picatinny optics rail. The rifle is outfitted with a 20" barrel featuring a "semi-heavy contour" and is topped by 5/8x24 TPI muzzle threads. The CTR M05 variant is available in .308 Win. and is fed by a 10-round detachable magazine. A single-stage adjustable trigger is included.

Right side of the all-black Tikka T3x Roughtech Ranch bolt-action rifle.

Even more compact than the CTR is Tikka's new T3x Roughtech Ranch, which is designed for ranch or farm use against varmints and includes a model with a short 16" barrel with a threaded muzzle that's either 1/2x28 or 5/8x24 TPI, depending on the chambering. Unlike the Arctic and CTR M05, which are only available in .308 Win., the Roughtech Ranch can be had in .223 Rem., .308 Win. or 350 Legend. Regardless of chambering choice, the rifle is fed from a flush-fit, three-round detachable box magazine. The "Roughtech" in the name alludes to the rough coating covering the synthetic stock, giving shooters and hunters added grip in rough conditions.

Suggested retail pricing on the new Tikka T3x models start at $1,199 for the Roughtech Ranch. The T3x CTR M05 and T3x Arctic retail for $1,399 and $2,399, respectively. For more information, visit choose.tikka.fi.

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