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The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

 
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:37 AM
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The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Hey everyone,

Let's talk about building the ultimate sheep hunting rifle. The focus here being to make it as light as possible. This does not have to be a LR rig, let's say a 500 yard rifle. What components would you use to put this rifle together? What calibre / scope / rings & bases / barrel / stock would you use??

Look forward to the discussion.

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Old 11-07-2008, 10:19 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

for me ,
i'd say a Remington titanium action or custom clone made from Titanium

Bartlein barrel standard sporter conture 1-9 twist .284 cal 24" long chambered in 7mmWSM amd throated to feed the 162gr A-max from a Wyatt's mag box.

Manners MSC-UL stock , Aluminum bottom metal from PT&G

Tally aluminum one piece ring/base units

topped with a Leupold VX-III 3.5-10x50mm
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:47 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

with weight being the primary issue, go to a burris compact 3-9x32 with ballistic plex reticle. Now known as a "Shortmag".

I'm sure leupold & others have similar compact scopes too. A big 50mm is going to be so top-heavy on an ultra light rifle.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:03 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

270 WSM on a Stiller Predator action. #1 contour SS bbl of your choosing. I'd likely go with a Hart since I know they will do a featherweight SS bbl. I'd cut it to 25" long. Wyatt box mag. Jewel or Timney trigger. Since I like 1 pound triggers, I go with Jewel. 2 pounds, go with a Timney if you like. Any good 3x9 scope or even a 2x7 if you have exceptional vision. I do not so my scope would be at least a 4x12. McMillan, Manner, Rimrock (if you can get one) or MPI stock, pillar bedded. 150 Berger, 140 gr AB, or 130 TTSX

Second choice would be a 280AI.
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:55 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

For the ultimate I'd consider the Titanium Strata from Rifles, Inc. They cost $1000 per pound. It weighs 4.5lbs. The list price is $3300 but you need to supply the Remington 700 Titanium action which, I think, will run you about $1200 for a total of $4500.

I'd then put a Leupold 3x9 ultralight scope on it with a custom varminter or horus reticle for longer shots w/o dialing. That will add a little over 1/2 pound. Total weight would be just a hair over 5lbs.

If you are planning to reload, I'd get it in a 7mm wsm and load 168 gr. Berger vlds.

If you're not going to reload, I'd get a 270 wsm and shoot remington 150 grain accutips. I've had really good luck with these long range in my tikka 270 wsm's.

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Old 11-07-2008, 01:46 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I just purchased an A-bolt Mountain Ti in .243. With 3-9 x 40 VX-III, the DD medium rings and steel bases it weighs 7#. The stock weighs 1 1/2# by itself. Is there any way that I can reduce the weight of the rifle (even to the extent of changing the scope/mounts/rings)? I'd consider changing the stock if I could drop at least 8 oz.
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

i think this automatic urge we have to get stainless barrels is counter productive. a chrome molly barrel will shoot just as good, cleans the same, but is considerably stronger than SS. i'm in the process of building a lightweight gun( relatively speaking) and Kreiger will make a CM barrel for me that's 3 profiles smaller than it will if i want a SS barrel. the strength of the steel is the reason.

also, if you're only shooting 500 and concerned about weight, get a 30 caliber or bigger. it will be lighter.

300WSM, 150 TTXS.
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