New Mountain Rifle...Is there better than 7mm-08?
Looking at a new mountain rifle/project. Requirements are:
1. Lightweight - loaded, hunting weight of less than 6.75#
3. Manageable Recoil - no magnum recommendations please
4. Target Animals - 90% antelope, deer, sheep, 10 % elk
5. Range - 400y hunting rifle only. Only target shooting I do is practicing for hunting.
6. 22" barrel max
My dilemma is given requirement #1, I'm almost set on a short action (almost). 7mm-08 is the leading candidate. I have a donor 700 BDL SA action with a 308 bolt face, but am also contemplating a Kimber Montana. The Kimber accuracy has me worried. I figure I can build for just a little more $ and achieve far better accuracy than the Kimber with similar weight.
So is 7mm-08 the best choice? I've thought .284 and 7x57 but can't see any benefits in the Remmie short action. If I were to go with a LA, then I might as well go 280 or 280ai. And I'm concerned about that recoil in a lightweight rifle. I reload. Is there a better choice than the 7mm-08?