Originally Posted by BigTex
I want a light rifle for hunting. I am looking primarily at the following in 30-06 so i can drive bigger bullets if I ever want to:
Savage light weight hunter: $900 6#
Melvin Forbes 24B: $1300 5.5#
Tikka T3 Lite $600 6.2-6.3#
The Tikka always shoot well, are smooth plus 600$ but have a rather cheap stock!
The Savage will usually shoot great can be re-barreled easily if need be and trigger better than many factory offerings. Downside stock is wood.
The Melvin Forbes 24B is semi custom with timney trigger and awsome synthetic stock. Down side $1300.
I could outfit Tikka with $700 scope and be less than the Forbes.
Give me your 2 cents of what you have seen on these guns. Especially if you have shot both side by side
Friend of mine got T-3 light in 300WSM and I load for it great shooting rifle. I don't like the enclosed bolt you got to drop magazine just to unload one round but he likes it so that's whats important.
Only thing I know about savage rifles is what I read so no help there.
My wife shoot a Forbes Model 24 in 280AI and if that new 24B rifles shots half as good as my wife's well worth the money. If history repeats itself what was paid for my wife's rifle I can sell it today for that price so hopefully those new rifles will hold their value.
Well good luck