All right so I'm thinking about starting a new build. I want a lighter weight heavy barreled rifle. I have a 20" .308 and love the way it balances. I want a round that has alittle better ballistics. (Thinking about .300WSM). I'm looking for suggestions but here is what I'm thinking. Let me know what you think. (Remington or stiller SA, I have a 30.ca kreiger blank in Remington varmint contour that ill have cut at 20", badger thruster break, MCM Edge or lightweight Manners, M5 bottom metal with AI mag. What do you guys think and any suggestions. Thanks.
If you are truly using this as a packing rifle I would not give up length as it will hinder velocity. Turn the barrell down but keep the length. The McMillan Edge stocks are fantastic. I just built a 270 WSM on a Remington action. 27 inch tube with a Schuler break just under 7.5 lbs with a luepy 4.5x14x40. Have shot to 800 yards so far it's not difficult to shoot a properly built light rifle at that range. Pick your components well for weight. Short mags are the perfect cartridge for a light platform. What a perfect sheep or high altitude rifle.
I have a 270 WSM by Kirby Allen.
Stiller Predator action, Satern #4 fluted 26" barrel, Jewell trigger, Manners MCS-SL stock, Talley bases and rings, NF 2.5-10 scope. Weighs about 8 lbs.
Accuracy has been sufficient to take a number of marmots this year between 5 and 600 yards.
Thanks everyone for the replys. Maybe I'll go 22-24". I'll talk to my smith and see what he says. He built me a 300wsm on a win mod 70 that shoots .25-.5 Moa but it has a heavy #7 barrel. I know he can build them so we will we what he says.
why not just get a 7mm Rem Mag T-3 Tikka, mine shoots 1/2" @ 100 yds and weighs 7.5 lbs with a 4.5x14 Carl Zeiss SF scope. Would go lighter w/ a lighter scope as much as 7 lbs, and the rifle only cost $650 shipped.