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

 
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:41 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I built a light weight Mt Rifle...................

Remington Mt Rifle...............7mm-08
McMillian Edge stock
Jewell trigger
PacNor Super Match SS 22" 1x9 #3
140gr Berger VLD
S and K Bases and Rings
Leupold Compact 3-9

If I had to do it over I would chamber it for the 6.5mm Remington Magnum
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:15 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I do agree with Harold regarding getting in shape, rather than fretting over an ounce here or there on your rifle and scope combination. After all, you are going to be wearing some kind of a pack, carrying ammo, carrying water, carrying lunch, be dressed warmly, etc. Accordingly, spend more time and money getting in shape.

As far as the 50mm scope objective, I also would tend to agree. There are a lot of good lightweight and smaller profile scopes available.

For me, I am very interested in the Weathery Ultralight Mark V in either .257 Weatherby or .300 Weatherby. Although I do not have one yet, one of them is on my wishlist. At about 6.5 lbs. and with the punch to shoot 500 yards, or even more, this is interesting.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:23 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

I've got a Browning Mountain Titanium in 7mm WSM. I love that gun. It is easy to carry, packs plenty of punch, and shoots well. Most importantly, it didn't cost more than the first 5 cars I owned. I started with a Leupold 2-7 compact, but decided while trying to find a moving elk in the scope at 400 yards, that a little larger objective would be nice, and also got the turrets. I like the turrets, but I've noticed while carrying that it doesn't maintain zero. If it spins to 400 yards, that might make a close shot dicey. I use a homemade Safari sling copied from the one I purchased from Cabela's with lighter material, and using small split rings to connect to the posts. That cut 2 or 3 ounces off, and eliminates the adjustment buckle from clanking. After years of using my old sling, I knew what length I needed. I hunt Barbary sheep, elk, deer, antelope, and javelina. After the kill walking out with a full pack, the weight of the rifle still makes a big difference.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:20 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

That is a very nice combination. I love the A-bolt Brownings, and I had a Medallion in .223 that I shot so much at jacks that I shot the barrel out.
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:34 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

Yip the browning titanium is a great light rifle for sheep hunting.
But don't forget the Remington 700 titanium as well, if your wanting to go the factory option way. If Money and time isn't a worry then the worlds best light weight parts are at your finger tips in any caliber you might need depending on your hunt.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:16 AM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

The first time I fondled a Remington Ti, I knew I had to have one. But, they don't make a left handed version. I had a very bad experience with the safety flipping off on my 700 because I was carrying a RH rifle on my left side. Gun went off nearly in my ear. Browning, on the other hand, has a tang safety. Much more convenient, and much less likely to flip off safe accidentally. I've shot RH rifles more than left, so when I could finally afford a LH, I wasn't very comfortable with it. The RH Mountain Ti is accurate enough and powerful enough that if I do my job, I don't need a second shot. In 40 years of hunting, I've only really wished for a fast second shot once or twice.

As for getting in shape, I've found the Forest Service Firefighter pack test to be the best. You walk 3 miles in 45 minutes carrying a 45 lb. pack. I found the fast pace was hard on my hips after a few years, so I walk slower now, but the pack builds the same muscles you use for up hill (even though I walk on flat ground). I hike better now than I did 15 years ago when I was running 3 miles a day. I can hike steep hills without that burning in the calves. I'm also used to the straps, so I don't suffer sore shoulders on the hunt. Makes the hunt much more fun.

The other trick for old guys like me is Endurox. Runners and bikers use it. It is guaranteed to increase your endurance by 10%. You take immediately after exercise and it gets rid of the lactic acid that makes muscles sore, and allows them to heal faster. I take it with me hunting and take it at lunch and when I get back to camp. It works! My pack test times shorten dramatically when I use it.
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:49 PM
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Re: The Ultimate Light Weight Sheep Hunting Rifle - What Is It?

There are not many sheep (worth hunting that is) in Australia, but I do have a mountain rifle that would fit the bill. Being a bit if a traditionalist (and when I was getting into hunting with the writings of the late, great Jack O'Connor) my current rig is:

> Winchester pre 64 Model 70 Featherweight
> Caliber = .270 Win
> Leupold VX-I 4-12 x 40
> Conetrol Custum 2 bases and projectionless rings
> Load = 140 gr Hornady SPBT interlocks at a chronographed 3,044 fps. This is a warm (over table maximum) for alpine hunting conditions)

Total weight a tad over 7.5 lbs (not an untra alight) but light enough to attach to a backpack (see pic below)



Though I have not done any sheep hunting I took a Tahr and Chamois hunt in the southern mountain of New Zealand last winter with this rifle. For this hunt my guide, Croc Adams at Tahr, Stag, Chamois and Fallow Deer hunting in New Zealand's South Island suggested a 200 yard zero with gave a PBR of 250 yards.



I took this representative Chamois high in the snow (around 4,500 feet elevation) from above at around 200 yards. Clean one shot kill.

However, for a sheep hunt (after reading the experiences on LRH) I'd opt for O'Connor's 3" high at 100 yards (close to 275 yard zero) putting it 1.5" low at 300 yards and 12.5" low at 400 yards.

However, if I were buying a sheep/mountain rifle today I think I'd break with tradition and it'd look something like this:

> HS Precision PHL (I like the MOA guarantee), Kimber Montana or custom build on a Winchester classic action (current fwts and EW are, in my view, too heavy for a mountain rifle)
> Caliber = 270 WSM
> Leupold VX-3 3.5-10 x 40 CDS
> Conetrol Custum 2 piece bases and rings
> Load = 140 Hornady SPBT interlocks at around 3,200 fps

This is a great thread and enjoyed immensely reading the views and experiences of the posters.

Cheers and God bless,
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