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Old 03-09-2011, 09:37 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Bone stock Tikka?? 1/2 MOA at 400 yards... that sounds like a winner to me!!! Sweet.

Yeah, I LOVE the TTSX and TSX's... they have served me well for a while now. Not long range though.... will test that later!
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:59 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

A new rifle on the market that i think is just plain awsome is the savage lightweight hunter.

Check them out here:
Savage Arms Firearms > 111 Lightweight Hunter
Savage Arms Firearms > 11 Lightweight Hunter

Long action comes in 6.5x284, 30-06, and .270. 6.5x284 would be sweet for light game and the 30-06 with 210 or 190 VLDs or a 200 AB would kick pretty hard, but have some thump to it.

Short action comes in .223, .243, .260, 7-08, and 308. A .243 for light game to 500-600yards would work, and .260, 7-08 and 308 would extend that a little.

Once they come out in left hand, i dont think ill be able to resist one... probably a .308 but that's because im a big .308 fan and i would use it for 300yards and in 90% of the time, i have dedicated custom rifles for further out.
Not saying it wouldn't be capable, but just not what i plan to use it for.

Also, you need to realize it is very difficult to an ultralight rifle like this with the accuracy needed at long range... even my buddy's 9-10lb .280 rem is ok, but definitely harder to shoot accurately at range. Plan for a lot of practice!
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:51 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

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I spent last year testing the barnes 185 TTSX. It shoots 3210 fps out of my Tikka with light recoil and exceptional accuracy. Matter of fact I was just looking at one of the quarter mile four shot groups around two inches. The BC is higher than listed and it is a deadly killer that I have tested on animals to near 800 yards so far. I took several animals with it last year. I have a Swarovski 4-12x50 on it that weighs 14.5 ounces with crystal clear clarity. The BR reticle in it allows me to hold dead on to over 900 yards according to the chart however I have just tested it to 800 yards so far. It is the best backpacker that I have found so far in a reasonably priced rifle.
I use the same rifle/caliber with a Limbsaver and Magnaport for moose both for long range hunting and dense brush still hunting. For LRH I mount a Swarovski Z6 1.7-10x42mm TDS on a picatinny rail. I use it single shot with Accubonds 225gr seated .010" from the lands for 3/4 MOA to 650 yards.

For still hunting, I switch to a Zeiss z Point with Barnes TSX 210gr seated at magazine length.

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Old 03-10-2011, 07:29 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Excellent, I think the 225 AB is the best long range bullet for the 338 winchester. I shot a 72" Alaska moose with it at 1104 yards verified by three people including the bush pilot. The rifle is not an extreme range rifle and the 225 has best performance within the ranges the 338 winny performs well at. The 185 ttsx has very little recoil and my wife even shoots it well straight off the shelf not modified. I shot grizzly, sheep and caribou in Alaska with it in August and September. The 185 ttsx performs well on game to over 750 yards. Seen that already.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:16 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

I have a factoy A bolt ss,325 wsm. I have shot 1/2 moa but it hold 1 to 7-800,200 ab. My son and I have taken bulls with it at 5-600 yrd.It is 7-60z. set up to go w/4-14x40 and sling.Also have a 338 NM, 26'' that is 7-2 oz. bare. It is not battle proven,yet
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:54 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

Inspiring.... 1100 yard moose...now that is LR... I either want to kill one with my longbow at 15 yards...or at 1100! hehehe
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:19 PM
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Re: Lightweight Longrange Gun??

I just picked up a low mileage takeoff barrel to screw onto my 700 action. It's an XCR barrel chambered in 338 RUM (thanks again eddybo!). Lightweight, with a buncha punch that will be for packing in the AZ mountains. Now I just need to save up the money to get it done and work up some loads, but this will hopefully be a great mid range (6-700yds) killer on any game around. If it'll hold 10" at 700yds I'll be happy I think, and that's pretty good for a cheap heavy hitter.
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