Well, just can't make my mind up on a build. What I'm looking for is a small caliber, 6.5mm-7mm, ranges would be up to 600-700. It will be carried, on sheep and caribou hunts, but a majority of the rounds through it will be from a bench.
I started the build hoping to make a lighter sheep rifle than the one I have, started with a savage 10, 22 inch 260 barrel, shortened factory stock. Actually did pretty good, bare rifle weighs 6.25 pounds.
Problem is, scoped up and ready it only weighs 1/2 less than my current sheep gun, a rem 700 in 300wm, this gun sports a lightweight hart barrel, and pretty much every off the shelf product to loose weight,, and is a shooter, as long as I really watch my rate of fire, light barrel contour so it starts walking pretty bad if I don't keep the heat down.
So,,, my thoughts now is to make a rifle more suited to extended ranges, My first question is rifle weight, a lot gets posted here on light 6-8lb walking long range rigs. I guess I question the accuracy of these light weights at distance? Might being opening a can of worms here, but what would an honest distance be with a 6 pound rifle? So much is also talked about the heavies, 10 pound and up rifles too,,,,,my experience here would be a super lightweight 7-08 of a buddies, he did (and I) shoot it great to 200 or so but after that the gun really opened up, not discounting the fact that it could be the load too, but at ranges past 300 that gun was just hard to hold well
As for my own personal best shooter at distance was a 22-250 remington varmit rifle, shot that rifle great to distance, partly I feel because it weighed 14 pounds and had a more suitable scope (more magnification) But only shot that particular rifle to about 400 or so.
I'm thinking of something in the 9-10 pound range, ready to go. As for caliber, started with the 260, and not that I'm questioning the effectivness of the round, living in AK, I always come back to what the minimum caliber I would take a interior grizzly with? (might be why my two current centerfires are a 300wm and a 375ruger) So my current lines of thinking is to go with either the 270wsm or the 7 wsm or saum, puts me up into the heavier bullets and better bc's
These do take me out of the "light recoiling" relm a bit. Another wish list item is a gun I can shoot more, I've found I need to watch how many time I fire my 300wm,,(30 rounds is typical in a session, don't like to shoot many more than that between cleaning anyway) I find myself flinching a bit, its even a bit more pronounced with my 375,,,,, Figure I'd build it up then see if a muzzle brake
is in order. The other option is back to the 7-08 too,
So whats everyones thought on rifle weight for 600-700 yards?
And then caliber,,,looking for a flat enough shooting rifle, could live with bullets as light as 140.
Thanks for any input