Originally Posted by blackdog
Currently shooting a .260 and a .338 Edge with an old Remington 721 in .30-06 sitting in the closet, begging to be rebuilt. Both current guns are in the 14+ pound range so I'm thinking of more of a carry deer/elk/sheep (hopefully!!) type gun. I don't want to go extremely lightweight as I'd still like to stay competent in the 600-800 yard range.
With that in mind, I'm leaning towards .280AI for a caliber but looking for input on components. Barrel, stock, scope, etc. Would love to do this as economical as possible, but also tend to believe in the 'cry once, buy once' theme.
I don't own a model 721 but have the model 722 and I'm sure action is the same just different lengths.
Model 721 doesn't have the notch cut that the model 700 has for the safety. If your going to upgrade trigger your going to spend extra for that or do little on the stock for that 722 safety which isn't big deal.
You have to click on this it's picture of my 280AI use Lilja barrel.
It weight just under 10lbs as you see it great balance easy to carry and I like long barrels. I had one build just under 9lbs great carry rifle just felt little too light when I went to shoot it so now I try to say 9 1/4 to 9 3/4 lbs scoped.
Here is picture of 300WSM had build it weight 9 1/2lbs on Win WSM action,McMillan stock, 26.5" long Kreiger 1/11.25 5r twist barrel.
My latest build is 270Wby use 700 action,Holland stock,Mike Rock fluted barrel. I kind of spread my barrels/stocks out.
I tend to stay away from bedding block stocks in my hunting rifles vs pillar bedding because of the weight and barrel may use.
Well good luck