Tikka T3/T3x Gen 3 Elite Series Picatinny Rails


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A little over one year ago, we took our flagship rail off this site for a redesign.  After all this time,we are happy to announce our Gen 3 Elite Series Rail.

It starts with a change in material.  Our Gen 3 Elite Picatinny Rail is made from17-4PH H900 Stainless Steel making it the strongest Picatinny rail available for your Tikka rifle.

17-4PH was designed for the petroleum and aerospace industry where extreme strength and corrosion was required in harsh environments.  Once heat treated to H900, the Rockwell Hardness is increased to 44Rc making this stronger than titanium. 

Over 200,000 psi is required just to make this rail yield.

The patented integrated recoil lug is at the center of the design.  It allows for a larger contact area with the receiver.  The larger purchase combined with the strength of one solid block of 17-4PH stainless steel increases rigidity exponentially.  We machined a whole batch of 0 and 20 MOAs that just came back from salt bath nitriding.  They are good to go!

The primary advantage of the Elite Series Picatinny Rail system is our proprietary utilization of Tikka's recess in the action.  This integrated recoil lug absorbs the shearing forces of the mount under recoil instead of the four tiny screws included in most other mounting systems.

We proudly manufacture our Elite Series Picatinny rails from hardened 17-4PH stainless steel. 

Originally,we were going to Mil Spec Parkerize the rails but the coating was to inconsistent for the level of precision we desired to achieve. 

After much research, we chose to salt bath nitride the rails.  This is also known as salt bath - nitriding.  Instead of a coating going over the steel, this process changes the steel at the molecular level.  The hardness achieved is unbelievable!  Once steel has been salt bath nitrided,standard machining tools cannot be used to cut it.

Our Elite Series Picatinny steel rails for the Tikka T3/T3x will provide you a lifetime of service, even under the harshest conditions or the heaviest recoil you throw at them.

These rails are full, MIL-STD 1913 spec rails machined to an amazing +/- .0005”tolerance. 

Unlike standard Weaver style rail mounts with limited contact with the scope rings,our full Picatinny rails contact the scope rings over the entire width of the mount.  This eliminates potential damage that can occur under heavy recoil.

The Mountain Tactical Elite Series rails for the Tikka T3 are the finest steel Tikka T3/T3x mounts you will find anywhere.

Made in Montana, U.S.A.


Material – 17-4PH H900 Stainless Steel

Finish – Raw stainless or Salt Bath Nitride Black

Weight - 7 ounces

Q & A (35)

What is / are the primary differences between this Gen 3 rail and your Gen 2 rail? For a lighter recoil round, is the hardness of this Gen 3 round beneficial or is the softer aluminum of the Gen 2 rail sufficient? Thank you. ( Thomas, 14/09/2017 )

Hi Thomas,

The Gen 3 Elite rails are made of steel so they will be heavier than our Gen 2 Performance rails that are made out of aluminum and anodized to be as strong as steel, without the additional weight.  We recommend the Elite rail if you are a competition shooter and will be shooting a lot or if you just want the extra real estate because they hang over the end of the receiver to accommodate a bigger scope.  The Performance rails are Receiver length and designed to enhance the performance of your rifle for normal use.

Thanks for your inquiry!

MT Team

Will the 20 MOA rail fit the Tikka T3xTacA1???? ( Craig Hornsby, 05/09/2017 )

Hi Craig,

Our rail will fit but it won't line up with the fore end rail so you won't have one continuous rail. You will have to highly modify the rifle by putting on a different fore end that doesn't have a rail on it for no interference.  It uses an AR-10 Fore end and there are no military or industry standards for AR-10 Fore ends. It becomes a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE when you start making modifications.

Thanks for your inquiry!

MT Team

Which combination do you recommend, a 0 moa rail with a 20 moa one piece scope mount, or a 20 moa rail with a 0 moa (std) mount? I believe only the Gen 2 Performance series rail is available a 0 moa version, not the Gen 3, right? Lastly, I saw the length of the Gen 3 Elite, what is the length of the Gen 2?Thanks very much! ( Robert F, 16/08/2017 )

Hello Robert,

Since both solutions offer the equivalent mechanical result, I would pick the one that is most convenient for your use, such as you have a 20MOA mount on another rifle, and would like to use it on this one. Or you want a 0MOA rail for close range hunting, and 20MOA for long range competition.

Thanks for the inquiry!

I'm planning to mount a Nightforce SHV F1 4-14x50 (90 minutes adjustment) onto my new T3X Lite SS (Left hand) in 300 wsm. Shooting distances will be 50 - 500 yds. I intend to install your Gen 3 elite pic rail 20 moa version. Question, what spec rings do you recommend, 0 or 20 moa, or another. Any other suggestions or recommendations? Thanks very much for your support! ( Robert F., 16/08/2017 )

Hello Robert,

You will want to use standard rings, as your elevation adjustment is being accomplished by the rail, so you don't need any help from the rings. Of course, pick the ring height that suits your shooting position.

Thanks for the inquiry!

WIll these rails go onto the T3X TAC A1? Looking for a 20MOA solution for this rifle and i already have a really great set of rings. ( Robert Dumar, 03/08/2017 )

Hi Robert,

Yes they can, however your rifle will require some modification and once you start modifying this rifle, it becomes a "Choose your own Adventure."  The fore end will not line up if you use our rail and so you will need to change it.  This rifle uses an AR-10 fore end and there are no military or industry standards for them.  Our best recommendation is to use a Seekins Precision Scope mount and then it just clamps right on with no modifications necessary.  

Thanks for your inquiry!

MT Team

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