The 4 Best Scopes for Tikka T3 Lite – Reviews 2023

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A scope and the Tikka T3 Lite go hand in hand, since all high-end bolt action rifles can be greatly complemented with a variable powered optic. With the intended use of the rifle in mind (mostly hunting), you’d need to find a scope that fits your budget, as well as your needs.

A good scope will give you an uncluttered and easy to use the reticle, be well-made, provide enough magnification to see your target and be clear throughout the day. We’ve picked some scopes we think are awesome options for your Tikka T3 Lite.

These are our recommendations for the 4 best scopes for Tikka T3 Lite on the market:

Leupold VX-3i Scope

The Leupold VX-3i is a very dynamic and modern scope that incorporates some awesome features to give your Tikka T3 Lite an excellent long range scope. The magnification levels are 4.5-14 with a 40mm objective lens. That large range of magnification allows you to shoot at under 100 yards with ease as well as reach out and touch a target with a heavy .300 Winchester Magnum without much trouble. The 40mm objective lens does allow you to keep the scope quite low which is excellent for accuracy and precision.

The Leupold VX-3i (see full specs) has tons of different options for reticles. My favorite is the Boone & Crockett reticle. It gives you quick and easy to use elevation compensation points as well as windage holds. It’s also a simple and uncluttered reticle that allows you to get on target quick and easy. The Tikka T3 Lite is an outstanding hunting rifle and this scope with the Boone & Crockett reticle is a perfect hunting combination.

The VX-3i has precision made turrets that allow for ¼ MOA adjustments. These are fingertip adjustable turrets. The lenses are coated with Leupold’s own Diamond coat 2 io-assist lens coating. This gives you a higher level of light transmission and a high level of abrasion resistance. The VX-3i could be an expensive optic (but prices do fluctuate) but it’s an outstanding one as well. The Leupold brand has an awesome reputation and it’s well deserved.

Leupold VX3i Rifle Scope

Bushnell Trophy XLT Rifle Scope

If you don’t want or need to spend Leupold money on an optic you still have plenty of choices. For example, the Bushnell Trophy is an excellent moderate range optic at a great price tag. Bushnell is on the cheaper end, but it’s backed by an overall outstanding warranty. The Bushnell Trophy XLT riflescope comes in 2-7x and 3-9x. The 3-9x is likely the more versatile option and does give you a hair more magnification at the cost of a little more length and weight. The Bushnell Trophy Rifle Scope has a fast focus eyepiece which gets you on target quickly and cleanly.

The Trophy comes with the Multi-X reticle which is very similar to the Leupold Boone and Crockett reticle. It offers an uncluttered view and drop and windage adjustments. The Trophy Rifle Scope gives you fingertip adjustable turrets with ¼ MOA adjustments. This makes it easy to sight in and gives you outstanding precision.

On the Tikka T3 Lite you get a powerful and capable optic that excels for hunting deer and other similar medium game. The Bushnell Trophy optic is an affordable alternative for a hunting or target shooting scope. It’s well suited for most calibers, but admittedly, you won’t get the long-range performance the Leupold offers. However, out to 500 yards, you are going to be plenty capable of hitting your target. For the money, this Bushnell is among the best scopes for Tikka T3 Lite rifles period.

Bushnell Trophy XLT

Nikon Pro Staff 5 Scope

The Nikon ProStaff 5 is Nikon’s latest entry into the ProStaff line. As an optic in its fifth generation, it has become very refined and well finished. The ProStaff 5 is perfect for the Tikka T3 Lite because they are both accessible to a variety of calibers. The T3 Lite comes in a ton of different calibers, and regardless of which one you choose, the ProStaff 5 has you covered. The ProStaff 5 is optimized to be used for use with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match technology. This is a software app Nikon provides and you can match your bullet with its predicted drop.

This all coordinates with Nikon’s patented BDC reticle. That BDC reticle uses my personal favorite markers for quick and easy shooting. They are see-through ballistic circles that allow you to compensate for elevation while still seeing your target. The Nikon ProStaff 5 provides excellent clarity and this is due to the use of high-quality glass as well as fully multicoated optics for light transmission and an awesome level of brightness.

The Nikon ProStaff 5 is an awesome optic that is fairly priced and perfect for hunting. This optic performs well in low light conditions as well as the middle of the day. The ProStaff 5 will serve you and your rifle well. This is one of the best scopes for Tikka T3 Lite around.

Nikon Prostaff 5 2.5-10x40 BDC Reticle

Vortex Optics Diamondback Scope

The Vortex brand is a massive one that makes everything from affordable red dots to extremely high-end binoculars and spotting scopes to a wide variety of variable scopes. The Vortex Diamondback is their mid-tier optic. It’s a cost-effective optic that delivers an excellent level of performance for the price. The Diamondback comes in a few magnification levels and 4-12×40 is a great choice for the Tikka T3 Lite in most calibers. The Diamondback also has a 40mm objective lens that gives you nice low profile mount.

The Vortex Diamondback (see full specs) has the VMR-1 MOA reticle that gives you an awesome amount of compensation markings for both windage and bullet drop. These hash marks make wind calls and bullet drop compensation simple. The Diamondback also comes with an outstanding set of lenses. The extra-low dispersion glass is fully multicoated with XR coatings.

The Vortex Diamondback is also a well-made optic that is shock-, fog-, and waterproof. The scope wears responsive dialing, exposed tactical turrets that make dialing in quick and simple. Vortex is an outstanding company that produces some awesome optics and the Diamondback is an excellent fit with the Tikka T3 Lite in nearly any caliber.

Sneak Peek: The Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-12x Scope Pre-Production Review

Tikka T3 Lite Scopes – Sighting In

There is no greater thrill than putting your chosen game in your crosshairs and slowing pulling the trigger and seeing it go down. Without the right scope, that image and feeling is nothing more than a pipedream. With the right scope you’ll be prepared, sighted in, and confident that when you squeeze that lovely trigger you’ll hit your target. And with these four scopes—each one, in its own way, qualifying as the best scope for Tikka T3 Lite rifles—you’re well on your way. Good luck!

  • Owner of, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.

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