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Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

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Unread 07-06-2010, 09:36 PM
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Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

I am Currently in the process of builidng my 338 edge and once that is finished I have been flirting with the idea of making an ultra light (as light as I can go) mountain rifle. Just been thinking of doing it off of a 700 titanium but not sure if the the extra cost is worth the advantage. Would I be better off to just build it off a standard 700 and do bolt fluting and possible action fluting myself to help reduce weight. The plan is to do it in a 6.5X284 or maybe up to a 7Rem Mag. Stock in another question, love the Burns stock but are there lighter options out there at around the same 300 dollar price range? Any ideas for the build would be great.
Remington 700 7mm SAUM Magnum Research Barrel
Savage Target Action 6.5x47 Lapua
Savage Predator Hunter Max1 6.5-284 Norma
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Unread 07-06-2010, 10:11 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

Get a gym membership and MAN UP!

Just kidding I like my Manners MCST its light and Tom offers an ultralight version. I like 6.5x284 but my dream moutain rifle is a 280AI all day long just sounds sexy 280AI........ oh ya just rolls of the toung.
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Unread 07-06-2010, 11:18 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

Just find a Colt Light Rifle (5.5 lbs) in 7mm Mag for $600 and save yourself a lot of money and time.

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Unread 07-07-2010, 01:20 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

If you wanna go lite why not go with a SA cartridge? Maybe a 260ai, or a 6.5/300wsm or 7wsm...

For stocks, look for maybe a used McMillan Edge stock, they are above your $300 range new, but used might be affordable. The other option is the B&C Alaskan stocks, they have different options from full alum bedding blocks to no bedding, but they are super lite and pretty affordable, same sock that comes on the Remmy 700 Ti...
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Unread 07-07-2010, 04:00 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

Match Grade Arms in Houston built there business on the ultra lite rifle they offer. WAAAAYYY spendy for my blood, but you may get some ideas from them.
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Unread 07-08-2010, 02:33 AM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

Buy a mule. Grow a pair.

Defiance Rebel 338 Norma Mag 24" Benchmark Barrel
Manners T4 stock
G7 NF NXS 5.5-22X50MM

Savage LA 7SAUM 20" Benchmark Barrel
Manners T4
308 Varminter 2.0 Suppressor
Sightron SIII 6.5-24X50MM LRMOA

Remington 700 SA 22-243 Win
26" SS Benchmark Barrel 1-8 Twist
Grey Bull Precision Stock
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Sightron SIII 6.5-24X50MM LRMOA

Tikka T3 Lite 270 WSM
Greybull Precision Scope
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Unread 10-01-2010, 03:22 PM
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Re: Light Mountain Rifle Ideas

Tikka T-3 light. I think they weigh about 6-3/8 pounds in magnum. Great trigger, inexpensive and extremely accurate. I just hunted all over Alaska with mine in 338 winchester and was a pleasure. Deadly on big game to a half mile. I have a 13.9 ounce swarovski 4-12 on it and with 4 ounce bipod I am hunting at about 7-1/2 pounds. I have taken grizzly, sheep, moose and caribou with the 338 winchester in Alaska with good success. This is the best carry rifle I have ever used for the weight and performance.
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