Originally Posted by James Jones
What is it that your hunting thats requires more than a 280Ai?
Barrel conture doesn't have a whole lot to do with first round accuracy , a very thin barrel will heat up alot faster and that may cause some accuracy issues?
If it were me I'd trim weight from all the other places I could before I started cutting the barrel down.
Tally one piece ring/bases , High Tech Specialties stock , ADL configuration , lightened action , all combined with a 26" #3 conture should give you a gun in the 6.5-7lb range
Yeah that is all the same stuff I did to my Remmy Titanium 280AI, its a light gun but I don't have it tuned up for long range, more of a meduim range rifle for backpacking. Sure I could tune it up for longer distances but thats not what I built it for. I got lots of guns so one more ain't going to hurt.
I've had a couple 300 RUM's before and would like another. I see all these longrange rigs with heavy barrels and big tactical stocks and it makes me wonder WHY, there has to be a good reason for all the bulk or guys wouldn't bother, is it strictly for steadying the rifle or???
I still might build a slimmed down 300 RUM for packing but I need to find out WHY all these long range guns are beefy.
I had a Sendero SF in 300 ultra mag and packed it a fair bit but I think I still want something a little lighter.
Plus that #3 barrel you mentioned is a lot lighter than the barrel most of these guys are installing on their guns, I am actually considering a #3 fluted barrel.