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Unread 04-22-2011, 10:10 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

I have packed and shot a Browning SS abolt for the last 5 years, 7-6oz w/4-14x40. 325wsm think barrel is 23'', they make a tit. but it is double price, have shot 1/2-3/4 @ 100, son and I taken elk out to 5-600 with it.
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Unread 04-22-2011, 10:50 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

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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.

Actually of the calibers named the .260R is proving to be the superior caliber all the way around, particularly at long range over the last couple of years in real world field and competitive venues.

It's a great round which is why I'm having one build right now.

I shot a friend's kimber custom in 260 out to 1,200 last summer and was utterly amazed at the perfomance. I was hooked like a Big Mouth Billy Bass.

For white tail sized game I don't think there's anything in it's class over all, particularly when you figure in recoil and long range capaibility.
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Unread 04-22-2011, 11:49 PM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

Short and lightweight doesn't have to give up range. I've ran this lightweight 243 for a couple season's now with very good "luck". It holds under moa to 500yds+ under field conditions, and flat knocks down whitetails. Easy to carry, easy to shoot, easy to load for....what more could you ask for.

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Unread 04-23-2011, 04:19 AM
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Re: Short and lightweight hunter

Love my remmy 700 sps sporter as a light stalking rifle. Barrel chopped to 20" 24oz graphite stock 7oz suppressor. The German illuminated 2.5-10x50 Kaps is maybe a bit heavy but great low light glass. AICS magazine avoids feeding problems. Total 17 deer with this rifle last season, best being 3 in about 6 sec. Since barrel chop and 15 deg crown she grouped 1" at 300m 3 shot.
Total weight loaded with suppressor 8.8lb

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