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

 
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:18 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Agree, there are many factory rifles which would fit this niche. In addition to the Sako, I'd suggest the Tikka T-3 light in 300 WSM for one. I do think though that the 50mm glass is a bit much given your initial post; the lightest sheep rifle possible. I note gentlemen the likes of Bob Hagel thought the same. I'd agree with the compact Burris or a lightweight Leupold. At the end of the day, as a friend of mine used to tell me, quit worrying about an ounce here and there and get in shape.
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:33 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I don't sheep hunt nor do I plan to, I don't why I even keep reading this post, because it was started several years ago. I have one of the high dollar Rock Creek carbon wrapped barrels with Stellar action, and Kevlar Stock. I waited a year for the barrel, and It's a dream to shoot. I also feel confident to shoot out to a 1000 yds with this rifle.

The original post stated 500 yds, and maybe this guy didn't have the time or 3500.00 do spend on a rifle. Since I'm not a sheep hunter I pose this question to the sheep hunters. What about a Tc Encore in say a .284 win. or a 280 rem. with a 22 or 24 inch barrel. I'm sure it would weight in at 6 or under, and the one I had 500 yards would have been a pop shot.
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:00 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I've made a very untradiotional choice for my backpacking/high country rifle:

Rifle: Blaser K95 break-open rifle has been ordered. 2,45kg , 26" barrel.
Caliber: 7x56R propells a 162 A-Max at 2700fps or more
Scope: Leupold VX-III 2,5-8x36

I did think about a Swarovski 3-9x36 first, but its three times the price, and doesn't do the job better. In fact, you can't get turrets on that one, as you get M1 turrets for the Leupold! I also think the Leupold can take more of a beating.

Smack on 3 kg total i reckon!

This is an out-of-the-box shooter! A breeze to carry, and shoots well. Better than a lot of trimmed down bolt-actions.

They even make a synthetic stock for them in Germany: Thomas Nowak makes them. Pretty good, so the fine wood can be left at home..
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:25 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Last time I went was with an 8.5# a-bolt in 300WM.

Next time it will be with an Ultra Light Arms in 30-06 or 7-08, fixed 6X Leupold with LR reticle. Under a MOA out to the required 500 yards and just at 6#.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:03 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I guess wt. and light wt. is up to the guy with the rifle...I have made two sheep hunts..on in Canada and one here in Wy...Both times I carried a 26 in custom barrelled 700 in .300 Win...One ram was taken at 50 yards, but the other at just over 500...I did not draw this year in Wy. and probably will never make another hunt to the north for sheep...BUT if I drew next year, the .300 would be the rifle I put in the scabbard to take my sheep...
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:47 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Based on the above responses, I have a view different from most. See:

Mountain Rifle for the Rest of Us

And another reason to take along a pack with a scabbard is that it does a pretty good job of protecting your rifle. So your walnut stocked beauty will enjoy the ride without harm.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:18 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

What comes to my mind is Shawn Carlocks' Sheep Hunter, there is a thread somewhere with one in it but I couldn't find it.
I would have it wearing a Nightforce 2.5-10 with the ballistic reticle chambered in a 270 WSM, kinda give me warm fuzzy felling just thinking about it To bad I'll have to apply till I'm 80 to draw a MT sheep tag.
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