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Old 04-18-2014, 01:15 AM
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Tell us more about the blaser 95k .Have you tried this? thanks
About 1/2 year ago I started an own thread about this topic on LRH. Lots of good infirmation to find there also!
I tried several different rifles of this kind, among them Blaser K95, Merkel K3 + 4 and Kieghoff's version. SSBA - rifles are extremely popular among mountain hunters over here, and that by very good reason. All of these guns are very precise, short(!!) and of very low weight. With the K95 you have various opportunities of using Blaser's switchbarrel system as well, also with the other companies. You'll find Blaser's genious scope mountingsystem on it which makes it extremely easy to switch scopes as well. And it doesn't matter what (barrels/scopes) and how often you switch, the POI stays always the same. As well you'll find all your popular American LR - calibres like 7mmRM, 300WM and also some Wby like 257, 270 etc. For all calibres stronger than 7mmRM you are absolutely in need of a good muzzle brake. Light weight rifles and highpower ammo can be hard to stand ... Personally I would go for the great rimmed 30R Blaser (almost the same performance than 300WM). It's to be said that rimmed cases normally should work better in these kind of systems, but it's all about preferences. If you will go for one you won't regret it, that's for sure.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:08 AM
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For my particular needs and preferences I do not need or want a light rifle. Also the longest distance one would ever shoot comes into play. I live and hunt where shooting from one ridge across a canyon to the other side where you can see is often done. These distances will often be in the 700 to 800 yards range. So I prefer to keep some weight and rigidity in the barrel. This will also allow better use of a little larger diameter brake that will be more efficient. Since this is a rifle specifically designed for horseback the few extra pounds of weight will pay off in stability and I already carry an 11 lb. rifle so a 9 or 10 would not be a problem for short ventures on foot should they occur.

I have carried the scabbard in different locations on the saddle as was previously described. The position shown on Omar in the pic I posted, was what I felt best protected the rifle and scope that day. Remember, this was a McMillan stocked 300 win with a 28" barrel plus a 1 1/2" brake. On top this rifle was a Nightforce NXS 5.5~22 with a 56mm bell mounted with a 30 moa rail. A long range rig for sure, a saddle rifle not so much. Thus the reason I see the need to slim it down and shorten it some.

Although I ride very well broke horses Tony is correct. The next wreck could be just around the corner where you meet the Griz or Mountain lion. So I have no desire for a wood stocked rifle or a thin barrel. I have decided I need to assemble my rifle from scratch. That way I can put all the effort possible into making it a tank. Strong, holding zero after being carried for miles, occasional bumps and bends in the scabbard and still holding zero is of huge importance to me. The rifle is going to get rough treatment. What it looks like make little difference to me.

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:03 PM
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Hello-All, no wonder there is not #1 undisputed mtn rifle, every one of us has different needs.With some colts ,I 'd hestitate to put an expensive saddle on,let alone a prized rifle.For myself,the rifle is a tool,holds poi, light ,handy and an alternate jack handle) Hell, my wife is beautiful,rope horse is pretty-rifle is not,but needs to be plain reliable.I know myself well enough here, boys..What says you? take care.
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Old 04-18-2014, 12:40 PM
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boys..What says you?.
What say me? I love a 16 yr old gelding with experience, women much older with like experience, as well as a good proven rifle... I have all 3 that have earned my trust so I am simply a happy man.

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Old 04-18-2014, 01:02 PM
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Ha! Happy is a choice - Somehow, life's a simple thing,what goes around comes around and never shun the wisdom of your elders.Glad to know you really like the grey too.Cheers
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:46 PM
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Picked a rifle up a year or so ago just for this purpose. Found a 95 winchester reproduction re barreled in a 280 rem with a 24 inch #4 contour with a ladder full buckhorn on the backend. Holds right around 1.5 to 2" groups at 200. Fits in a scabbard great.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:12 AM
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With some colts ,I 'd hestitate to put an expensive saddle on,let alone a prized rifle.
Some colts, some days, a good rifle may be the only way to get your tack back.....
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