Re: Long Range \'Lite\'
I feel the same way you do. I prefer the lightest caliber I can get away with. My 6.5-284 has a 8.5 twist barrel that is 29 inches from muzzle to shoulder. With 55 grains of H4831SC and a 140VLD, the velocity is around 3,100fps and that load shows no pressure signs at all. I could actually go faster. The bullet used, has a BC of .620 and pushed at 3,100 fps has 920 ft. lbs. of energy at 1,000 yards. On top of that, it is superbly accurate and very easy to load for. Just get some Norma, lapua, or hornady brass and stuff a bullet in. The recoil is virtually non-existant with this round which makes it ideal for hunting. The idea of a muzzlebrake on a hunting rifle just doesn't sit well with me.
This would be a good option for you although there have been many other good suggestions as well. There sure are a lot of different guns and calibers a guy can have fun with. Too bad I'm on a limited budget!