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Old 03-08-2011, 08:24 PM
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Lightweight Longrange Gun??

I've been looking at the longrange guns for a few weeks now, reading everything I can. What I am seeing, consistently, are heavy barrels, heavy stocks, big, long, heavy packages in general...

Anyone out there accomplish longrange proficiency with a lighter weight, packable rig? I hunt the mountains alot, hike for miles and miles each day. There are times I've seen nice bulls at 500-800+ yards and just couldnt do anything about it. Most the time, after trekking for many days, I end up getting a good close shot, but I must admit, taking one further out when I have the chance would be just fine!

Whatchya got? Lightweight, LR?

Thanks!

Ernie
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:10 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Ernie,
I hunt the back country of Montana for elk and put on huge miles every year. I do not have much use for heavy rifles the way I hunt either. I have my own range in my back yard where I can shoot out to 1000yds at my furthest gong. I love guns as much or more than the next guy but every time I put together a new gun for long range it ends up being more of a lightweight. I am going to build one heavy rifle in 338 something but I am more focused on packable long range rifles.
You don't need a long, heavy rifle to shoot game at a 1000 yards. I use a 300win for elk loaded with 210 VLD's . The rifle has a magnum sporter barrel(about #3) and weighs 9lbs including a 21oz scope. It has taken elk out to 890. You just need an accurate rifle with a good trigger, great glass(repeatable clicks) and tons of practice.
I have a Rem 700 SPS SS in 25-06 with a rifle basix trigger as the only upgrade and I can make constant hits to 1100yds in minimal wind. It killed an antelope at 805 last year. The gun weighs 8lbs with scope.
I am having a 7 SAUM built right now that should weigh in at 6lbs 6oz with no scope, it has a 24 in Broughton and a micmillan edge stock and will be my ultimate long range packer.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:54 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Good info! Thanks much. I assume mine probably has about that same diameter barrel huh? Do you know what the diameter is? (in inches or whatever)

Where ya at in MT... I'm in Billings. A backyard thou range would be Sweet! I look forward to trying to whack an antelope at 600+ this year...if I can get this 300 shooting!

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Old 03-08-2011, 10:56 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

I use a Tikka T-3 Light in 338 Winchester. It weighs 7 1/2 pounds scoped out with bipod. It easily takes elk at 800 yards. I also have one in 300 win mag. Both are excellent backpack rifles which is what I use them for. I own three tikkas and the accuracy is excellent.
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:19 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

I have the same basic set up as Nieko.
300 win mag 8-32 Nightforce Hart barrel Remington 700 action with jewel trigger. 190 Berger VLD at 3050 fps. Serious good shooter. I've had it for a long time and three or so years ago had RW Hart put the barrel on it and man does it shoot. I don't hunt elk much but have shot blacktail deer out to 420. Shot a coyote at over 700 several years ago in Idaho while deer hunting.
Great rifle.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:40 AM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Ernie,
My barrel is about .650 @26", I live in Anaconda and I have been spoiled with a great back yard.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:10 AM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Thanks again. I like Anaconda...lived in Lolo for quite a few years and spent a lot of time south of you in the Dickie Hills hunting elk. And just west in Rock Creek and up near P-Burg...

So, I assume you guys hunt with bipods or do you just use packs and such for rests?

Also... you guys are happy with the VLD's on elk?? I am a barnes guy, but I have never tried their accurracy to be honest (any bullet is "accurrate" enough to kill elk at 300 yards or less....I think)...

Thanks!
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