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Old 07-07-2014, 07:24 PM
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LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

Hi everyone,

Sorry !
Another boring guy asking for some help selecting a new gun but lead free this time !
With so many options not viable for California without hand loading I looking for some expert advice. I want a high quality gun I can keep around until I'm a old man if I can have a gun in California then ?

I've been pulling my hair out trying to decipher all this information ever since I joined this site and long before then too. The time has come to start shooting my rifle more often and at longer distances which means time for a NEW GUN Especially since my dog is old enough to start hunting big game with me, and yes I have been training him towards big game for his entire life but we have more work to do- always !

I tend to gravitate towards big hikes, backcountry camping, and pretty much shooting game in the hardest to retrieve areas you could imagine. I guess thats my idea of fun
Lugging around my old boat anchor of a Ruger MKII is not my idea of fun.

Quail hunting with my new Beretta A400 20ga at 5 1/2 lbs - Now that's fun !!!!

Here is what I have waiting around for the gun
- Vortex Viper 2.5-10x44
- Atlas Bipod

I'm looking for a ready to shoot gun - I don't have space or time to build right now.
Here are my parameters for the gun -
- less than $2000-ish
- less than 6 lbs-ish
- capable of taking down any one of the three elk species we have in California
- shoots factory ammo (no space in my garage and about to remodel the entire house)
- factory ammo available that is lead free as I live in the condor zone - yay !!!!
- able for a rookie to learn how to shoot out to 400-600 yards ?
- stainless barrel and composite stock ( we hunt hard and dirty )
- and of course the caliber ??? I like the idea of the 300 wsm but It's probably more than I need ? thoughts ?

Thanks for your help guys, hope this isn't too boring of a request !

Toby and Milo
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:25 PM
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Re: LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

Weatherby back country vanguard or a tikka lightweight. I would say 7mm08 or 30-06 . Barnes factory ammo and nosler etip available in those calibers. The 300 wsm is great too, I would pick a caliber where ammo is readily available locally or online
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:52 AM
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Re: LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

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Weatherby back country vanguard or a tikka lightweight. I would say 7mm08 or 30-06 . Barnes factory ammo and nosler etip available in those calibers. The 300 wsm is great too, I would pick a caliber where ammo is readily available locally or online
^^This, both very good suggestions for rifles and bang on with the ammo as well!
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:15 AM
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Re: LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

try to find a used Remington Ti lightweight in .280 rem
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:59 AM
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Re: LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

Precision long range rifles and lightweight aren't used in the same sentence that often.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:46 PM
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Re: LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

I gotta soft spot for Winchester model 70 featherweight. 30-06 or .280
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:03 PM
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Re: LEAD-FREE mid-ish range backcountry rifle

Pick a caliber off the list.

VOR-TX Rifle | Barnes Bullets

I would go with one of the popular, readily available ones like 30-06 because you can find multiple bullet weights/manufacturers(even at Walmart) in case your gun doesn't like one. I have shot deer and pigs out past 400 yards with a used Savage 111(Gunbroker for $275) in 30-06 with factory Barnes 150 grain. Two of my friends were impressed and did the same thing with the same results. Any decent scope in the $300 range will do. I don't think you need to spend $2k to get a rifle that can hit a one foot target area such as an elk at 600 yards, AKA a 1 Minute Of Elk rifle. Now if you rebarreled a gun like that you could have yourself a real shooter. https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q...savage+barrels
Good luck and keep us posted !

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