Last year I spent a lot of time making my Sako 75 become a viable long range weapon, eventually shooting out to 800 yards for deer and elk. I am now shooting 168 gr 7mm ammo at a bit over 3000 fps and holding .7 moa out to 600 yards. The project isn't done, but while hauling the 9lb rifle up and down some steep hills here in Idaho I starting thinking about a lighter rifle for some deer and antelope hunts.
I did some research with the following considerations:
1) Lighter weight, at least 1.5 to 2.0lbs.
2) Much lighter recoil, especially given the lighter rifle.
3) Something different than my 7mm.
4) Good bullets(I've become comfortable w/ Accubonds and Berger VLD's)
5) Factory chambering.
6) Preferably a gun that won't need more than a basic bedding and trigger adjustment.
7) Expect sub-moa performance to 600 yards.
What I've come up with is a Tika Stainless Synthetic at 6.2Lbs, in a 25-06, topped with a Zeiss Conquest in 3-9x at 15oz. With rings I figure I'm looking at just over 7lbs.
What do you think of my logic? Tikka? 25-06?
I have considered the .260 Rem, but I think I'd be giving up velocity for bullet weight and I don't necessarily think that's a plus.