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Unread 06-14-2008, 11:47 PM
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Hey guys, I've been thinking lately about a compact rifle such as the ruger compact, or browning micro hunter. Have any of you used these rifles much? I think these rifles would be great to carry around the mountainsespecially since more often than not my shooting ranges are about 150 yards and less. But i still want to be able to shoot out to 400 yards or so if the shot presented itself. I've thinking about either the 7mm-08 or .308 cuz i do hunt elk as well. Do the velocities really suffer in these shorter barrels? Also I noticed that the Tikka t3 weighs about the same as these but is a normal sized rifle, so i have also considered that too. So i guess my question is about the velocity and if people are getting decent accuracy and if its worth the loss of velocity for a handier rifle? Thanks fellas!
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Unread 06-15-2008, 08:34 AM
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I had one in 7-08, it was pretty accurate. If you're a big guy, it will probably be too small for you. I think you'll be happier with a full size rifle, even if it weighs a pound or two more.
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Unread 06-15-2008, 08:51 AM
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You'll get more efficient powder burn out of a shorter case such as a WSM, The 270 WSM might be good for you? I have a friend who has a T3 Lite in 270 WSM and he loves it. Barrel length, 22 7/16", overall length 42 1/2".
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Unread 06-15-2008, 08:51 AM
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get an Encore or handi-rifle. very short and compact. if you want a bolt action, just build a bullpup. do a search for 338/300 RUM Bullpup. mine has a 29" barrel and brake with the entire rifle only 40" long.

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Unread 06-15-2008, 09:11 AM
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Im not a very big guy, 5'8" 185lbs. But i have been looking at the tikkas as well becuase they are very light too. True with the encore and handi being compact as well, I didnt really think about it, thanks guys!
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Unread 06-15-2008, 09:18 AM
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Unread 06-15-2008, 10:44 AM
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Looks like you have a lot to think about so I'll just add to the list.

Look at the Remingtion Model 7 laminate in 7/08.

The 7/08 does well with a short barrel 18" to 20" and has better
balistics than the 308 win parent case.In fact the 308 was designed
around a 20" barrel for the military.

My 7/08 has a 20" barrel and my Varget load with the 120gr nbt has
a velocity of 3158 ft/sec.

In my opinion the SAUM's and WSM's need more barrel because of the
amount of powder 70grs as apposed to 45grs for the 7/08.

I have killed deer beyond 500yrds and hogs beyond 600yrds with the 7/08
and for Elk size animals I would use the 160gr accubond .

Just my 2 cents
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