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Best Lightweight Rifle under $2,000?

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Unread 10-27-2010, 12:18 AM
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Best Lightweight Rifle under $2,000?

Hello Everyone,

I am new to this forum, and am in the market for a lightweight rifle to put a long range scope on. What rifle would you recommend in a lightweight? I am looking to go on a sheep hunt in the next year or two, and want something light to pack in. I live in Wyoming and mainly hunt mule deer and elk. Is there a certain calibur that you all would recommend? I have been looking at the 7MM calibur, but would like some other peoples opinions. I have always been a Weatherby guy, but have heard mixed reviews lately, their lightweight looks good on internet, but have not been able to see one in person yet.

Please give me answers to the following:
1. Brand of lightweight rifle you would recommend?
2. What calibur do you like for all around deer and elk?

Thanks,

bvolcic
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    Welcome to the site, you will definitely learn some things here if you use the search menu and read some posts. I've been here for a short while and have started to understand a lot more about rifles and long range shooting than I thought I ever would. As far as what your looking for, there are several out of the box rifles you can choose from.
    Starting from low price range, the Tikka T3 Lite SS weighs in at 6.37 lbs. comes in a variety of calibers and starts at around $500.00. They are tack drivers right out of the box, have a good reputation on shooting forums. The price also leaves a lot of spending cash for good optics. The down side to the Tikka is the use of plastic parts, mainly in the magazine.
    You mentioned Weatherby, they make the Mark V Ultra Light Rifle, it comes in at 6 3/4 lbs. Price is around $1,300 so it leaves you less money for optics but a nice Nikon Monarch scope can be had for what you would have left and they are great scopes.
    Remington's custom shop makes a Mountain rifle, it weighs 6.5 lbs. runs around $1,400 used or near new, they use the 700 action, stainless barrel, and is a really good shooter.
    As far as calibers go, in a lightweight rifle you don't want to go too large. I would stay between the 300 WSM and 7mm-08 Remington. Good luck with your search and keep us posted.

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    Browning A-Bolt or X-Bolt in a short magnum should also be thrown into the mix. Not much in the way of aftermarket parts, but great accuracy and lightweight. Not too familiar with the Savage family of firearms, but I hear they also have great out-of-the-box accuracy. Just not sure if they have a lightweight model.

    As far as caliber goes, I believe the 7mm family will offer you the widest range of bullet selection and great downrange ballistics.
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    If you happen to have a donor rifle/action already you might look into having a gun build with it. Talk with some of the gun smiths on this site and see what your options are for your price range. Just a thought.
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    Quote:
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    If you happen to have a donor rifle/action already you might look into having a gun build with it. Talk with some of the gun smiths on this site and see what your options are for your price range. Just a thought.
    +1
    If you have $2,000.00 to spend and have a donor(A rifle That does not shoot well)
    you can have a custom rifle with a custom barrel,stock and in the weight and caliber
    you want built.

    If it is primarily a deer rifle then go with any 7mm if it will be used more for elk go
    30 cal.

    Something like the Remington Mountain rifle in 7/08 would be great If you gust don't want
    to fool with a custom.

    The 7 WSM would be a good all round rifle.

    More choices.

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    You can build a full custom for slightly more than $2000 if you shop smart. I got the prices for the following example build online at Stiller group buy-Sniperhide forums, Brux barrels, Manners stocks, and Centershot Rifles Websites.If you build a 7mm wsm or 300wsm on a long action you can save a little money without the wyatts.

    Stiller Predator Action with recoil Lug......$775 -SH Group buy
    Stiller 20 Moa base......................................$50- SH Group buy
    Rem BDL Bottom metal,spring,follower...$125
    Manners MCS-SL stock..............................$475
    Brux barrel #2 ,3 or 4................................$300
    Barrel fitted and chambered.....................$180
    Bead blast metal..........................................$35
    Pillar Bed............................................... .....$180

    Total............................................. .............$2120
    Trigger options through SH Group buy
    Jewell............................................ ..............$225
    Factory Rem............................................... ..$55
    Timmney........................................... .........$100

    Other options
    Flute barrel............................................ ....$125
    Wyatts extended box mag.........................$85
    Muzzle brake............................................. $160

    You could probably save more money with a different stock option. Anyways just something I came up with in about 15 minutes. Prices aren't exact but there close.Just use for reference. Alot of smiths only require 50% down. Probably 6 months to a year lead time to finish gun which gives you time to save a bit extra. Just something else to consider.

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    Re: Best Lightweight Rifle under $2,000?

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    Originally Posted by Ranger Jim View Post
    Welcome to the site, you will definitely learn some things here if you use the search menu and read some posts. I've been here for a short while and have started to understand a lot more about rifles and long range shooting than I thought I ever would. As far as what your looking for, there are several out of the box rifles you can choose from.
    Starting from low price range, the Tikka T3 Lite SS weighs in at 6.37 lbs. comes in a variety of calibers and starts at around $500.00. They are tack drivers right out of the box, have a good reputation on shooting forums. The price also leaves a lot of spending cash for good optics. The down side to the Tikka is the use of plastic parts, mainly in the magazine.
    You mentioned Weatherby, they make the Mark V Ultra Light Rifle, it comes in at 6 3/4 lbs. Price is around $1,300 so it leaves you less money for optics but a nice Nikon Monarch scope can be had for what you would have left and they are great scopes.
    Remington's custom shop makes a Mountain rifle, it weighs 6.5 lbs. runs around $1,400 used or near new, they use the 700 action, stainless barrel, and is a really good shooter.
    As far as calibers go, in a lightweight rifle you don't want to go too large. I would stay between the 300 WSM and 7mm-08 Remington. Good luck with your search and keep us posted.

    Ranger Jim
    I have a Weatherby MK. V. lightweight rifle sitting in my gunsafe. Still has the hang tags on it, and I paid a little more than $600 for it. The rifle feels like it's a 7.5lb. gun rather than a 6 3/4lb. gun. It's a long action 30-06. The barrel looks tobe about 22" long, and is very slender. How it shoots I don't know as I'd actually forgoten that I owned it!! So now I gotta round up another Leupold 3x-9x scope.

    I hunted with a borrowed Remington 700 Mountain rifle a few years back chambered in .257 Roberts. What more could a guy ask for? I've also hunted with a Ruger lightweight in .257 (out of a safe full of .257's), and it as well was not a bad rifle. I liked the way Ruger cut the stock, but there wasn't anything wrong with the Remington stock as well. But neither of these two rifles are my favorite for a nice lightweight gun. My favorite is an old Marlin MR-7 chambered in 30-06. It's light, shoots good (all three rifles here shoot 3/4" groups at 100 yards). But also not a lot of fun to shoot 180 grain bullets in, but still no where as bad as my .450. I liked the basic build of the gun, and the way they went about it. Has a blind drop box magazine similar to some Brownings (they are small and can easilly be carried in your coat pocket). The action reminds you of a pre 64 Winchester, but with a Remington bolt. Trigger is typical for a hunting rifle, and is set at about 4 lb. The stock is cut similar in shape to a Ruger. I bought the gun to use as a donor for a .338-06AI build, but just shot too good. So now it looks like it's gonna be a MK. V. in .338-06. The build quality of the MR-7 is at least on par with anything out of Remington, and in some ways better
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