Sunday GunDay: Hunt to Remember with .30-06 Tikka T3 Lite
A Hunt to Remember
by Colton Reid
In hunting, great opportunities are a rare and precious thing. Their scarcity and the difficulty in distilling clear lessons from those opportunities is what makes hunting one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding activities I have ever pursued. As Tom Hanks succinctly stated in A League of Their Own, “The hard is what makes it great.” But, in my recent hunt in Utah’s high country I was given not only a chance at some of the biggest deer in my life, but also two opportunities to harvest a trophy buck after a heartbreaking series of hard lessons learned.
About the Gear — Tikka T3 Lite in .30-06, SWFA Scope, Leica GeoVid 3200.com LRF Binoculars
Colton was using a Tikka T3 Lite chambered for the .30-06 Springfield. The scope was an SWFA Super Sniper 3-15x42mm with 0.1 MRAD clicks. Colton painted the Tikka rifle and scope himself with a combination of colors for camouflage. The cheek pad is a piece of balsa wood Colton sanded to correct height and covered with a SDK tactical PIG rifle stock pack. For spotting and ranging Colton employed a set of Leica Geovid 3200.com 10×40 LRF binoculars. Carry bags were