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Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

 
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:10 PM
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Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

The plan - Gun I can sling up and walk with anywhere in the US but also enjoy on the range. I have so many specific purpose guns and they are mostly heavy, that I'd like a nice all-arounder I can grab for and know will be able to do anything.
Budget - Limited to about $700 max on the rifle. Have about $500 for optic.
Lightweight - Around 9lbs w/optic. 10lbs may be pushing it.
Universal - Hunt pretty much anything in North America, still have fun on the range. Max range for hunting = 600yds, for target 1200+
Low Recoil - I understand physics of a light gun and big caliber, but if need be, I'll add a brake to tame.
Magazine - prefer to have a magazine, but not end-all-be-all.
Action - Maybe long action to have more choices down the line for a rebarrel
Caliber - I reload so pretty much anything will work, but I prefer to stay away from ultra mags and wildcats that components are hard to find. Availability of components is critical. Calibers that come to mind are 30-06, 280AI, 300WM/WSM

Base rifles I've been tossing around : Savage and Tikka
Savage - I have a few Savages and all been good guns. I like that I can spin off a barrel and put a new one on at the house. Decent part selection. Don't care for the factory synthetic stocks, though they don't seem to harm accuracy.

Tikka - I have one in .223 and love it. Light weight, compact, super smooth bolt and nice trigger. Twists are a little slow for heavier projectiles which is a bummer and their only flaw. Not sure how their recoil lug stands up on magnums (if went this route). Even with the sporter barrel profile these seem to shoot 3-5 shot groups well from reports.. a big plus for when at the range (not hunting).

Thanks ahead of time for your input.

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Old 07-17-2013, 07:59 PM
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Re: Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

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The plan - Gun I can sling up and walk with anywhere in the US but also enjoy on the range. I have so many specific purpose guns and they are mostly heavy, that I'd like a nice all-arounder I can grab for and know will be able to do anything.
Budget - Limited to about $700 max on the rifle.
Lightweight - Around 9lbs w/optic. 10lbs may be pushing it.
Universal - Hunt pretty much anything in North America, still have fun on the range. Max range for hunting = 600yds, for target 1200+
Low Recoil - I understand physics of a light gun and big caliber, but if need be, I'll add a brake to tame.
Magazine - prefer to have a magazine, but not end-all-be-all.
Action - Maybe long action to have more choices down the line for a rebarrel
Caliber - I reload so pretty much anything will work, but I prefer to stay away from ultra mags and wildcats that components are hard to find. Availability of components is critical. Calibers that come to mind are 30-06, 280AI, 300WM/WSM

Base rifles I've been tossing around : Savage and Tikka
Savage - I have a few Savages and all been good guns. I like that I can spin off a barrel and put a new one on at the house. Decent part selection. Don't care for the factory synthetic stocks, though they don't seem to harm accuracy.

Tikka - I have one in .223 and love it. Light weight, compact, super smooth bolt and nice trigger. Twists are a little slow for heavier projectiles which is a bummer and their only flaw. Not sure how their recoil lug stands up on magnums (if went this route). Even with the sporter barrel profile these seem to shoot 3-5 shot groups well from reports.. a big plus for when at the range (not hunting).

Thanks ahead of time for your input.
I have a Savage 111 fcns in .308 w/accutrigger topped with a Nikon Monarch 4-16-50 bdc that can shoot 500+ yards and is under your weight threshold but going out to 1200 yards with a budget of $700.00 is going to be hard to do in my opinion. At least youre handloading so that will help. Good luck.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:54 PM
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Re: Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

You are asking "alot for alittle."

Here is what I would recommend.
1/2 MOA complete gun package for $1K
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:12 AM
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Re: Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

Yeah I know.. in a perfect world right. But really looking for if anyone has a similar setup and can share their experiences. I have tons of heavy bench/prone guns for ELR, but not many lightweight rifles other than my .22's and .223's.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:17 AM
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Re: Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

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You are asking "alot for alittle."

Here is what I would recommend.
1/2 MOA complete gun package for $1K
Technically, that 1/2 MOA shooter did not cost $1,000...

Technically it cost $ 1,645.00, not including reloading components. And a box of 100 Berger VLD's is about $50-55 these days.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:20 AM
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Re: Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

my "lite weight" all around is rem. classic 6.5x55, leupold 6.5x20x40 with turrets.
use it for hunting, silhouette, and to 700 yd. "plinking" shoots .5moa with 142 SMK and rl-22. mild recoil, easy to load for, lite weight, AND under $1000.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:24 PM
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Re: Lightweight Hunter that can reach out at the range too.

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You are asking "alot for alittle."

Here is what I would recommend.
1/2 MOA complete gun package for $1K
Ha! I just happened to pick up 200 Lapua 6.5x284 about 30 mins ago. I think I'm either going to stick with this as my cartridge to build around, or I'm going to neck up to a straight .284.. not sure.

Do the Savage 6.5x284s come in long action or short action? If it comes in a long action I'd jump on one and build up as I go, like all my others.
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