Originally Posted by buckgrunter
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?
It'll do but I'd take the 7mm Rem Mag over it any day. You're only talking about an oz or two difference in weight and getting vastly superior performance with extremely tolerable recoil especially if you stick with the 140-150gr bullets and of course a good brake eliminates it as a consideration at all. The .264wm also fits in there very well under the same conditions.
There are several of them on GB now in the 700 CDL SF and a couple of nice stainless/synthetic model 70's as well.
The 7mm Rem is just a great "do it all" kinda rifle round and is one of my all time favorites.
I that same case size though .308 the .260 rem is the "go to" for light to med recoil, lightweight rifle, and if you can find one in the 700 CDL platform they are just beautiful rifles that shoot extremely well with just some basic accurizing, at least as far as those I've owned, shot, or seen. They are a bit pricey though compared to other models.