Re: Browning A-Bolt vs Tikka T-3
I have both. I prefer the Browning A-Bolt.
Both are accurate.
I like the safety on the Browning better. It is convenient and can be released quietly.
I like the magazine on the A-Bolt WAY better. It is attached to the inside of the hinged floorplate. Not only is it more secure there, but it looks better.
The bolt on the A-bolt is pretty slick, but not quite as slick as the Tikka. I don't really see why this matters that much.
The bolt throw on the A-Bolt is shorter, only 60 degrees. I don't see where that matters that much, either.
They are both great guns, and you can't go wrong with either. I have a .270, also. I would suggest considering the 7mm-08. The ballistics are very similar to the .270's and you can get a wider variety of tips for it. If you don't handload though, you will find less choices for the 708 and it will probably be more expensive. I can't figure out why. I load for both, and it costs me more to load for the .270.
I like the Tikka mounting system, the bases are built in to the gun. This will save you about 20 bucks.
Enjoy your new gun!