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Old 11-16-2010, 10:27 PM
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light recoiling cartige for the old man!

well here it goes. my dad has knee and shoulder problems so the same old question applies. he turns 60 this year so i want to build him a new rifle. here is the chriteria and what i was thinking.
1. sufficient caliber/cartrige combo to kill mulies and smaller to 500yards
2. as light of recoil as possible (but theres more)
3. no more than 8lb total rifle (all up scope and all)
4. LEFT HANDED (please dont be one of those guys that tells me and the old man for the millionth time to shoot a right handed gun cause you do it)
5. i want it to be fun for him and something thats only his (he's a father of 6 so he never gets what he wants as much as what he can settle for)

i have a tikka 595 left hand 22-250 that i want to use as a donor rifle. I was thinking either 6.5 creedmoor w/ 130gr berger vld's or 7mm-08 w/ 140gr berger vld's. mcmillian sako 75 stock (they actually inlet for the LH tikka 595) benchmark 24" #4 lilja contour with a 3 port muscle break I already have a leupold vx-3 4.5-14x40 LR so i could just keep that.

any input would be greatly appreciated. Im the last of the 6 so i feel like i owe him. I guess him and mom kept trying to get it right then ended up with me!
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:52 PM
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Re: light recoiling cartige for the old man!

We do fine with the 22-250's out to 500yrds with 60gr Berger bullets, the other two that come to mind is a 243 and one of my personal favorites the 250AI, all good to 500yrds on mulies! Taken elk with all of them also.
Take care of the old man!!!
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:34 PM
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Re: light recoiling cartige for the old man!

no doubt about it... LH Savage 111 in 260 rem or 7mm-08 will meet all your needs and wt limits
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:42 PM
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Re: light recoiling cartige for the old man!

The muscle brake is a good choice, I have a mini and two four ports sitting here to go on winter projects. It would turn down nicely and look nice a sleek, I'm sticking the mini on a 270 WSM.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:44 PM
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Re: light recoiling cartige for the old man!

Put an 1-8" twist barrel on a 243 to shoot the heavier bullets and never look back.
I have no experience with tikka - so just make sure that your magazine will accompany any new caliber you choose. I was going to use an older M77 ruger 22-250 as donor to build a 243 but the mag. conversion was more than it was worth so I bought a Savage for half the price of a build and still have the 22-250. Nothing wrong with a savage by the way and nothing wrong with your listed calibers either.
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Re: light recoiling cartige for the old man!

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We do fine with the 22-250's out to 500yrds with 60gr Berger bullets, the other two that come to mind is a 243 and one of my personal favorites the 250AI, all good to 500yrds on mulies! Taken elk with all of them also.
Take care of the old man!!!
22 cal isnt legal in washington state for deer. its 243 or larger and the bullets have to be 100gr or more. that leaves long bullets for the 243 that will be seated back into the case and reduce velocity. The only thing i would say about the 250AI is why not just shoot a 257 roberts? for some reason i like to have the headstamp match the chamber. i just rebarreled my 25-06 and im kinda over the 25cals. not enough high bc quality bullets like the 243, 6.5 and 7mm's
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Re: light recoiling cartage for the old man!

7mm-08, 308, 6.5-284, 30-06 any of them would work great with a good brake. I would do the 06 but thats just me. Maybe start talking about hunting tell him your going to buy a new rifle and kind of ask him what rifle is his favorite you may get your answer your looking for good luck
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