• Manufacturer: Tikka
  • Model: Master Sporter
  • Caliber: 308 and many others
  • Barrel: Free-floating, cold hammer forged
  • Barrel Length: 22.4" (570mm) - 24.4" (620mm)
  • Twist: Depends on caliber
  • Magazine: 5 round detachable box magazine
  • Trigger: Adjustable trigger (2-4 lbs)
  • Stock: Select walnut stock, oil treated. Adjustable cheekpiece and length of pull (Spacer system)
  • Weight: 9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)

As most people know Tikka is now a part of Sako, sharing a lot of the same manufacturing tooling, processes, and engineering. The result is some really high quality rifles for a very resonable price. The Master Sporter is not a purpose made sniper rifle, but a rifle that could very easily be adapted to sniper use. If you look closely, you will notice that the stock is almost the exact contour and shape as the Sako TRG-21/41 series. This style of stock is great for target shooting, and adapts well to sniper use also. Another nice feature is the detachable box magazine, very handy for rapid ammo type changes. (i.e a quick change from standard match ammo to armor piercing). The stock is fully adjustable, another nice feature. The only problem, of course, is the fact that it is a wood stock, not even laminated. Wood changes A LOT with different weather, especially moisture. This can lead to a shift of inpact from what you might expect. If you use a wood stocked rifle, you MUST keep very accurate data for all weather conditions.


The accuracy of these rifles is outstanding, routinely shooting .5 MOA straight out of the box. Maybe the most appealing feature of all for this rifle is the price, you should easily be able to order in a new Tikka Master Sporter for under $1000 USD. If your working on a tight budget, but need to have extreme accuracy, the “Poor Man’s TRG-21” just might be the rifle for you.

Update: A new version of the Sporter has been released by Tikka, review coming soon!




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James Fowler

I have a Tikka 595 Sporter and was wondering if you know where I can get a 3-way adjustable butt plate for it?

Mel Ewing

Your best bet is probably to contact Beretta USA (importer) or the tikka factory

Whitney Saunders

Is the action used in the 595 the same action used in the
T3, the reason I ask is theafter market chassis’s are made for the T3 will the 595 action Fi into the chassis’s

John Ryan

The M595 Master Sporter (Short action .308 and the like) and M695 MS ( long action 6.5×55 and 30-06) are not the same as the T3 action. In the T3 one size fits all. M595/695 are blued not powder coated as the T3 is. The T3 was optimized for less costly production. It ( T3) has less receiver mass under the wood and a smaller receiver opening . The recoil lug of the T3 is also simplified from the older series. Master Sporter mags are steel and plastic T3 mags do not interchange. The $1000 price tag has also changed as Master Sporters become more sought after.


Tikka .308 Sporter.
I upgraded my scope to a Vortex PST 6-24 X 50 for more clarity on smaller targets.
Using Berger168gr. VLD target bullets I can shoot a beaver off a Canadian nickel at 200 yes.
It takes patience and fine tuning, read accuracy and precision by Bryan Litz.


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