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Unread 02-09-2008, 08:50 AM
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I recently sold my Rem 700 Sps stainless in 300 wsm for a custom build in yep 300 wsm,, mine should come out around 10lbs +- 1,with optics,, but with 20 inch barrel for getting under stuff.. I am still hooked but have never owned the Sako finlight they feel great in hand and are apparently very accurate as long as you keep the rounds down to 2-3 then the barrel starts heating..I loved my SPS,, It was light and I got lucky out of the box was sub Moa. with factory ammo!!.I was allways bothered by the glare so one day while hunting a burn area fixed that with some charcoal..I took many whitetail with this caliber and also one 6x elk , and one muley 170 inch both at 300 plus,, My build is as follows..Rem LTR convert from 300 saum to 300 wsm, restock with BnC tactical, add extreme v brake,,got to see your impact ,tune trigger ,accurize bolt and action, Badger 20moa badger base and badger med rings and SnB PMII..can not wait to get her..Good luck..
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Unread 02-10-2008, 10:59 AM
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carry gun for elk

I'm soon to be 58 and my Rem 700 in a 300 Win Mag does seem to get heavier each year. I have a couple of smaller guns but I have much more confidence with the 300 WM.
With the helpful advice of a couple of guys on this board, I had fun painting two of my rifles. I will be painting my 300 this year to get rid of that grare from the stainless barrel. Good Luck.
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Unread 02-18-2008, 10:20 PM
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You really need to look into where it is that you're going. In parts of Northern Idaho, for example, you may very well spend everyday in motion all day long because you usually can't see more than 50 to 60 yards and when you do, you're looking at tree tops across the canyon. Binoculars can be about as useful as earrings and having a rifle that's quick and light could be as important if not more important than having one that shoots far. That being said ALL elk country has some opportunity for long range shooting so you probably wouldn't ever want to use something as imprecise as an open-sight rifle. If you're mostly walking ridge-tops or trails or riding horses, then a big heavy rifle might be what you want. If you're going to carry it through the brush all day, maybe heavy won't be the best.

The 300 WSM is arguably as good as anything else within 500 yards so I've nothing to add here.

As far as stainless goes. Yes, stainless steel is nothing like anything else in nature. I saw 'something wrong' out in a valley one day in September several years ago and pulled over to put my binos on it. It was a guy, laying down in blue jeans and a red flannel shirt glassing a herd of antelope. What surprised me was that at 2 miles I hadn't been able to see him until I got him on 10x. What caught my attention was the stainless barrel and aluminum scope of his rifle. I often hunt in the rain my rifles might get soaked everyday for a week so stainless is important to me, but after what I saw that day, I'm done with the aluminum scopes and all of my rifles have at least some paint or tape on them to knock down the majority of the glare.

Hope I said something helpful (my wife says I usually don't).
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Unread 02-19-2008, 12:08 AM
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I just got my rifle back from Bansners. I had a lightweight stock put on my Model 70 300wsm. I also had it coated and stuff like that. I think it is going to be my ultimate carry rifle. It has the power that is needed and it is lightweight but not to light. I will weight it tomorrow and post pictures. It is my favorite rifle so far. The best carry rifle means many different things to many different people. It depends on how far you are going to shoot and what exactly is important to you. A 300wm or 300wsm is good for me for many different applications and weight is really important to me. I like it to be really lightweight. Its just my hot button right now. I will be onto another hot button later I am sure of it.
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Unread 02-19-2008, 09:51 AM
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At 34, I'm still at the age where carrying my 13lb VLS doesn't bother me a bit, but I see that changing down the road. At the end of the day, I have supreme confidence in it so it's worth the extra weight.
Poor mans LR rifle=Rem 700P.308/Elite 4200 6-24x50/Millet base/Burris Xtreme rings/Eagle stockpack/Harris 9-13" bipod
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Unread 02-19-2008, 02:43 PM
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Mine all scoped up is just over 7 3/4lb. I have been happy with that weight.

The most important thing is to bo comfident with your rifle. If it is light or heavy you need to be happy with where you put the bullet. It does not make sense to have a lightweight rifle if you cannot shoot it well.
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