Not that I need another rifle but, I really like them! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Since I live in TX and hunt on 2 extremely large ranches we do a lot of driving in prime Whitetail country. It never fails that I see a Monster when driving and my rifles are either in the case or something goofy. So I want something that is easy to either carry in an overhead rack or just sit in the front with me with easy access to it.
Now when I say Whitetails you need to keep in mind that I kill many whitetails every year that dress in the 200-225lbs range. I do not hunt the hill country.
I want something that is light, short and would be easy to move inside a truck or be easy to hop out with. I would like as short of a barrel as possible. This is going to be a custom rifle
and I really prefer a Remington 700.
I am really partial to a 257 Weatherby for a lot of my hunting but, I cannot seem to get a rifle that will be light enough and short enough (26" barrel etc) that will also shoot like what I want. This does not have to be a super long range hammer but, I would really like something that would be very accurate to 500-600 yards at least. I want something that will knock a big buck off his feet if I place the shot well (upper shoulder area). I have a 240 Weatherby in a Super Big Game Master that they used to offer and it is getting close but, I thought there might be some better cartridge out there? This can be a wildcat as well.
I am picturing some sort of modified version of a model 7 maybe?
So this it what it will look like:
Rem 700 action
HS or Badger Box Magazine (Or another Box that works)
Here are the opinions I want:
1.) Caliber. This can be anything as long as it falls in with the rest of the criteria. Only limitation is that I am not willing to firefor brass as a required step in reloading. Necking up or down or anything else within reason is ok.
2.) Barrel length and minimum contour that will be accurate .5 MOA/100 and accurate out at 500-600 yards.
3.) Stock. I want something light weight and I do not know much about stocks.
This gun will not have a brake as I do not think you will be able to choose a caliber with enough recoil to need one given the requirements above.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions feel free to let me know. I have thick skin so if this is just plain stupid you can tell me that as well! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
I would like to see how light we could get it as well by lightening everything possible and maybe using some of those fancy bolts and other parts that are available now days.
Thanks in advance!