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Old 09-21-2013, 07:32 PM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

Have you looked into the Tikka Superlites? I have one in a 7 mag and have shot several sub 2" groups at 500 yards with it, I have a 5.5-22 Nightforce on it and it weighs right at 8 lbs with that heavy scope, could cut weight down a lot with a Leupold
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:24 AM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

My Tikka T3 is becoming my favorite
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:17 PM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

I just wish Tikka had a 3 lug bolt. I love my Browning A-Bolt's low bolt lift.

That's why I'm looking at a Ruger American.

Surprisingly to me all the owners' reports on it say it is an accurate rifle. Guess that hammer forged barrel is a good one. Great trigger and bedding system too.

Yeah, the American has a cheap feeling stock but that can be remedied with some filling compound in the forearm and buttstock. There's a YouTube video on it.

Ruger needs to have a rubberized overmould on at least the pistol grip and the forearm.
Maybe some textured truck bed liner painted on those areas (masked off first, natch) and then painted over with a 2-part epoxy paint would do the trick.

Little customizations like that are what makes a rifle your very own and gives pride of ownership.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:45 PM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

If you are dead set on an '06 I would go for a tikka t3 lite. It will fit your bill and they are great rifles. The Vanguard S2, savage model10, win 70, Mark IV and any higher end remmy (not sps, though they can be good) will serve you just fine too.
There really isn't a whole lot to discuss with a working man's '06.

I would reconsider the caliber choice though. Are all of your brass from the manufacturer and lot??

I like a 9.5-12 lbs. rifle no matter what. Hunting Idaho is very much like hunting B.C (my stomping grounds) and shots in the alpine/sub-alpine can be LONG. From hill to hill. I'm just saying for a serious elk/buck slaying rifle in the west. The '06 is still great, but isn't really what I would carry chasing monster bull.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:35 AM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

+1 on the Tikka T3. I have one in 7mag with a leupold vx3 4.5-14 and it is an easy rifle to pack. As said above, the will shoot sub moa all day long out to 500. plus they are a "budget friendly" rifle from sako.....
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:20 AM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

The replies have been awesome. Thank you. You know I now need to go shoulder the tikkas. I ave not thought about that. Angus, I am not set dead on a 06. I've considered 338 wm, and some others. And to be honest I can sell the brass and get bed brass . So now the question 338wm for 500 and in? I'm considering two the savage 116 bear 338 and tikka t3 lite. Or I could get another 300wm as well just a lighter version.

Darrin
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:36 AM
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Re: Light weight midrange rifle ??'s

If you decide to go the Tikka route, put a limbsaver recoil pad on it as soon as possible. It makes a world of difference especially on the magnums.
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