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

 
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:03 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Slopeshunter,

I have a very good friend that hunts with a rifles inc. lightweight strata chambered in a 300 weatherby. Bare rifle weighs about 5#. We mounted a 2.5-10 zeiss on the rifle. My friend is a big zeiss fan. that was the lightest zeiss that we could find at the time with reasonable magnification. The only word of caution for this rig is the strength of the stock. The area of the pistol grip seems to be a weak spot. Normal hunting okay, but we have broken one. There was a freak accident with a fourwheeler and a kolpin gun boot. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:35 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

What about the 280 Ackley Imp. on a Titanium action 22" sts. tube 3 grove 1:9 twist with a 3-9 or 2.5-10 Zeiss shooting 150- 168 grn bullets ? McMillan stock or comparable in quality and fit .
Should be more than enough for 500 plus yards shooting.


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

canderson, is that the one with the texture grip stuff on the cheekpiece? I had to cover mine with duct tape unless I wanted to go for the rug burn look.

If you ever have the chance ask Lex about building a Strata in 7mm RUM. I doubt he'll do it (again) but it will be good for a laugh though.
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Old 12-03-2008, 01:41 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Check out Greg Duley's article on here about Wapiti hunting in NZ. He is using a round he calls the 7mm Fatso. Basically a 338 lapua necked down to 7 mm and shortened to WSM length. He is getting the same ballisitcs as a 7 STW.
All up his rifle weighs sub 8 lbs. He is using a 700 ti action, 26 in lilja No4 fluted, mcMillan hunters edge stock, and Leupold Mk 4 scope. Light weight and will reach well past 500yds.

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No particular argument from me but the fella that began this thread was asking for the ultimate lightweight sheep hunting rifle. He isn't going to get there by mounting a 2 lb scope on it. I pack around a 27 ounce tactical scope on my sheep hunting rifle, but I certainly wouldn't if I was limiting my shots inside of 5-600 yds. I've never found my 2.5-8 power Leupold scopes lacking out to those yardages.

On the matter of toughness, I've knocked my 35 mm tubed tactical scope with tactical rings and scope rail off zero when I've tumbled on a mountain side. There isn't any scope that's mountain proof.

Anyhow, if the member places light weight at the top of his priorities, he'll have to go without the NF and similar tactical scopes.
My comments were not directed to the original post. Rather another post.

I agree with WHEN the top priority is light weight an NF is not the best option. It still doesnt make an NF on a "sheep" rig a joke. Just MHO. It is also my opinion, so take this with a grain of salt, that the best overall sheep rifles are not the lightest rifles. That is why I have not offered my ideas of the perfect sheep rifle in this particular thread despite being a very avid sheep nut.
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It is also my opinion, so take this with a grain of salt, that the best overall sheep rifles are not the lightest rifles. That is why I have not offered my ideas of the perfect sheep rifle in this particular thread despite being a very avid sheep nut.

I have to agree. I have handled sub 7 lb rifles, and find them very difficult to keep balanced, near impossible to shoot offhand, and tricky to get steady over a pack. While I can't argue an ultralight rifle is a dream to carry in the high peaks, making a precise shot with one is an entirely different matter, and that's what ulitimately counts. My ultimate sheep rifle is my M700 280 Rem weighing 7.5 lbs all loaded and slinged; the fit and balance are absolutely perfect and it has performed par excellence on my two bighorns. I would not have wanted anything lighter when I took this joker at 512 yards from a cramped and awkward prone position shooting steeply uphill.

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I have to agree. I have handled sub 7 lb rifles, and find them very difficult to keep balanced, near impossible to shoot offhand, and tricky to get steady over a pack. While I can't argue an ultralight rifle is a dream to carry in the high peaks, making a precise shot with one is an entirely different matter, and that's what ulitimately counts. My ultimate sheep rifle is my M700 280 Rem weighing 7.5 lbs all loaded and slinged; the fit and balance are absolutely perfect and it has performed par excellence on my two bighorns. I would not have wanted anything lighter when I took this joker at 512 yards from a cramped and awkward prone position shooting steeply uphill.

Very well put. Also very nice ram!

I was in an awkward position last year taking a shot on my 07 ram where the heavier rifle definatly help me succed. Espescially the barrel in particular. The postion I was in would have had the rifle all over the place. As it was my crosshairs were circling all around the vitals. Even though it was a moderate shot (360 yards) it was still very difficult and would have been much harder will a less stable rifle.

Probably the biggest reason I prefer heavier barrels on a sheep rifle is (at least where I hunt) the temprature can be very cold. This lends itself to the dreaded cold bore shot. Not that heavy barrels arent affected, they are typically less affected. Sheep often offer follow up shots in case the cold bore shot causes a miss, but sometimes you dont get a second chance. For me, I want ALL the odds in MY favor. I want to know when I pull that trigger whether it be a 300 yard shot or an 800 yard shot that my bullet WILL find its mark. Heavy rifles ave afforded me the confidence that I have. I KNOW when I pull the trigger that I will be faces with 10-20 hours of pain and torture packing the animal out! Yes I hunt sheep with 12-13# rifles (I took one with a 16# rifle, OUCH!) and I know this isnt traditional, but it does work and that is why I do and will continue to sheep hunt with a 12-13# rig. A lighter rifle I just typically cant seem to get the same results.

This was the awkward position. I had no rear stock support and had to just let the rifle "float" and trust the stability of the heavy barrel. Granted this rifle was quite a bit over kill in the weight department, it got the job done.



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