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Old 04-20-2011, 10:32 PM
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Short and lightweight hunter

I am looking into building a shorter and lighter hunting rig (not long range). I love my big guns but they can be a PITA sometimes in tight woods and on the atv. I really like the look and feel of the Browning X-bolt stainless/synthetics. Anyone have any likes or dislikes with this gun? I am leaning towards a 300 WSM. Feel free to recommend any light and short rifle because I am open to suggestions. I will be mainly hunting whitetail but I would like to have enough gun to take elk if I get the chance.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:47 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

Check out the Tikka T3 Lite... I love mine, very accurate...
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:04 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

For such an application the list is virtually endless. Kimber has several models that fit this as well as Remington's Seven series, mountain rifles, Winchester and of course savage.

As for choices of caliber, that would totally depend on your chosen game and intent for this rifle. Again it's a nearly endless list.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:27 AM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

I would look at the Savage light weight hunter they just put out this year. Weighs in at 5.5# and 6.5# for the long action with an 20" barrel which in my opinion is optimal for a light weight easy maneuvering rifle. I currently own a Heavy barrel .308 with an 18" barrel that is effective to about 600yds.

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Considering you're only going for Whitetail, I would suggest the 260 or the 6.5 creedmore that is offered in this rifle. Personally I'm a 308 guy, but the the 7-08 and 243 will also get the job done. A light rifle in 300WSM is going to kick ya pretty good. These lighter calibers will give the same results out to 600 to 800 yards depending which caliber you pick and bullet. Recoil will be much less and much more enjoyable to shoot.

I'm a Savage guy, but I do own a Remmy Mod7 that shoots very very well with Hornady 95grn SST's. Recoil on this rifle is minimal and wouldn't be afraid to go to 500yds if I needed too.

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Old 04-21-2011, 03:30 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

I have a Remington CDL in 257 Weatherby Mag. This is a great lightweight whitetail rifle. I have shot mine out to 500 without any issues. I use the 110 grain accubond and have dropped muleys and whitetail with it with no issues. There are so many to choose from out there that are all great rifles this is a tough decision.

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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

I have a tikka t-3 light in 300 wsm and it is very accurate and pleasant to shoot. Recoil really isn't a thought while shooting it. Tikka has the system down for no recoil. I have one in 338 winchester my wife shoots, no brake.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:57 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

I've done some more searching and I think I have it narrowed down to Kimber Montana, Browning X bolt, and Sako Finnlight. I'm pretty set on the 300 WSM unless I go with Kimber and then I may consider the 280 AI. Anyone have any thoughts on these rifles?
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