Hunting season is over (nearly) and I'm itching for a new rifle.
With the talk of the Long Range series goiong on I can't wait any longer... call me Mr. Patient.
I thinking I'd like a McMillan A5 stock but don't know the options I'd like... probably light but non-resonant. I figure to use an Eagle Stock pack on it so I don't need an adjustable cheekpiece too bad.
I don't have any magnum chambered rifles in 30 caliber (or 7mm for that matter) and I could find a use for one. 300 WSM
or 7mm WSM
but maybe 300 RUM or 7mm RUM
I really don't need a BDL style rifle but am not adverse to having one as long as the floorplate is "real" steel.
I like to shoot heavy for caliber bullets and don't necessarily go for max projectile speed, as most here know, but rather for max accuracy at significant speed.
I'd like to be able to use factory ammo in a pinch.
I'm getting older and I notice that carrying a 17 pound rifle all day makes my arms and shoulders a little tired so something done to lighten the thing up would be nice... maybe about 15 pounds (a featherweight! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]) all setup. I also carry a pack and other "essential" stuff so I'm getting near the 250 pounds on-the-hoof-mark and it's hard to get up those hills and mountains... that extra 2#'s is killing me!!! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
I really like a tough rifle... I'm a klutz and when I trip, stumble, fall, jump off tall buildings, ride my rifle like a toboggan, etc I want my rifle to maintain zero.
I like the clip slotted Badger base but believe they are only in the short action version(s) [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] #8 screws in the base also make me happy...
I need three swivel studs, one for the bipod and two for the sling... Wichita are nice for the sling as they don't unscrew themselves.
No muzzle brake
... I'm already wearing hearing aids! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Compromise on barrel length... needs to be handy in the carry and when slung for ducking under vegetation. I'm thinking 28" max but maybe shorter (24") if I go with a WSM (depending on feedback from other folks).
Fluted barrel (lighter)... no stinkin' "pencil" barrel... I'd lose face.
I'd really like to be able to attatch some target sights to the thing just in case (like the Army M24 system)... easier to carry (pack along) sights than an extra scope. Must be able to be installed without removing the scope mount base.
Camo stock pattern, maybe Desert or something similar in a lighter color series.
Probably Remington action (no "J" key)... Remington trigger @ 2.5 to 3 pounds. I like the Remington shoe width, the Jewell is too narrow.
I could be talked into a switch barrel rifle.
I already have a nice 6.5 x 284.
I have a great 308 Win.
I have a 243 Win Gumby
I have a mega long barrel 338 Lapua on a CZ 550.
I have a 223 Rem with removable match sights (Redfield Internationals).
I'll probably put a Nikon Tactical 4x16 or Leupold LR 3.5x10 on it, using Badger rings.
What an I missing... suggestions anyone... (be nice, I'm sensative)