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Colt Light Rifles

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Unread 08-14-2008, 08:04 PM
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Colt Light Rifles

Anyone have any feedback on these. I have never seen one in person let alone shot one. My gunsmith said he may be able to find one for me in 300 win. I was wondering on weight, accuracy etc.. Thinking bout it for a pack gun for mule deer. Hoping to get it in synthetic stainless is it possible. Thanks
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    Re: Colt Light Rifles

    If I remember correctly... Melvin Forbes once sold Ultra Light Arms to Colt. Colt took over production, made some desight changes, then defaulted on the sale due to a technicality. They never paid Melvin for his company. So Mel takes the company back, re-names it "New Ultra Light Arms, and picks up where he left off. The Colt Light Rifles were the offspring of that illegitmate affair. I've heard mixed reviews about their accuracy, but would probably buy one anyway since it's a bolt rifle with the magic pony on the side.
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    Re: Colt Light Rifles

    When Mel Forbs was building his ultra light guns at first they were known as "Ultra Lite Arms" then he sold out to Colt and they made the same guns of less quality due to mass production makeing for less quality control and the price they were selling for made them un popular and Colt dropped it.

    Now Mel builds them again known as "NULA" New Ultra Lite Arms.

    I have only ever seen one opf these guns and it shot decient , in the 3/4 moa range with taylored reloads , it was lite weight but I think a built up Remington could be made very close in weight and much more accurate.

    If I run accross a deal on one I might buy it but it would have to be a good deal , maybe $400 but no more but thats me personaly
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    Re: Colt Light Rifles

    beat me to it
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    Unread 08-14-2008, 08:24 PM
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    Re: Colt Light Rifles

    I researched this rifle on the web about 2 years ago and came away unimpressed by what I had read. So I never pursued one any further. I've never owned one. Just researched the forums for some feedback from other owners.

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    Colt bought ULA and redesigned the parts and farmed them out to many (the cheapest) mftrs . Consequently they had quality and fitting issues that killed the rifle.

    Melvin bought it back when Colt folded it and renamed it the NULA (New Ultra Light Arms) The Colt Light rifles only have 3 minor parts that are interchangable with the ULA models. They are absolutely not the same guns. Melvin Forbes (ULA/NULA owner) a couple years ago was in the process of tracking down the different mftrs and buying up their stock of Colt Light Rifle parts from them. I am not current on his success with this but he was working on it and said if pushed for $ he could make most of the parts if needed for repairs, however this was 3-4 yrs ago.

    The ULA model 20 (SA) weighs 4.5 lbs with the Colt version about 5.5 lbs.
    The ULA model 22/24 (LA) weighs in at around 5.5 lbs with the Colt version about 6 to 6.5. They are chrome moly only, no SS.

    the ULAs with load development will go .5-.75 MOA routinely. I have had 3 of them (2 in 7mm-08 and one in 6.5x55)

    From what I have seen and heard the Colt versions go .75-1 MOA. I have shot one in 300 Win Mag.

    Going price for the LA light rifles is $450-600 (NIB). Several show up on 24 hr campfire routinely and people often ask to buy one and get offers for sale.

    Bottom line decent rifles in the weight range they are with decent (MOA) accuracy and price is right.

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    Re: Colt Light Rifles

    24hourcampfire: Colt Light Rifle - 300WM

    Here is one for sale now.

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