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Old 01-24-2014, 11:35 PM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

First = What do you intend to hunt ?

What do you consider "Light"?

There are many calibers/cartridges that will work at 5 and 600 yards. All though the 300 RUM is one of my favorites, it may not be necessary for you needs, but if you want one I would build what you want.

The action= a 700 Remington action will do nicely and stock availability is second to none. Also you can install a jewel trigger On it.

Stocks are a very personal choice so you are on your own. (I like the laminates because of balance
but they are a little heaver that the composites.

Muzzle brake ? (You know what I would recommend Ha, Ha) A light weight 300 RUM will have plenty of recoil and the better the brake the more you will like it.

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Old 01-25-2014, 12:55 AM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

I will be hunting elk and deer mainly.

I consider 7.5lbs to be light. But the lighter the better for this project.

I should have said 700-800yds.

I think for now I'll stick to the 300 rum. I had a 6lb .340wby and I loved it. Shouldn't have gotten rid of it.

I will look into the pierce action but they have problems with their site and my firewall keeps closing the page down.

Ive thought of just using a #2 lilja but I want to do a 28" barrel and I dont think they do that. I figured the Proof is best of both worlds just more expensive.

Thanks for the info on timney triggers thats a bit scary.

I haven't thought about optics yet. ..
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:19 AM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

One of my bigger questions is with the action. Im leaning towards a Stiller predator but the folks at Proof use Defiance actions. Which would you go with? Any differences with them? The Defiance is a few hundred more and is it worth it? It seems like using a Remington is a good idea until you see how much it costs to true them up.. seems like the smart play is to go custom from the start.
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:23 AM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

If you dont mind the jump of the rifle the 300 rum is a good round. Down sides are barrel life, fitting 200 gr plus bullet in a mag and barrel jump for spotting hits(in a light weight rifle). I have had six carbon barrels and they are cool but not worth the money if you are just looking to save weight. A number 4 will weigh less than a carbon and 28" #4 should work fine( my 280 ai has a #4.5). Bell and carlson makes a great stock for the money and light weight. Jewelle triggers are great or the shilen trigger is good for less.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:04 AM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

lhouston,

Why did you go with the carbon barrels? Also whose did you use? According to proof a 28" 30 cal will weigh around 3lbs. Lilja shows their #2 is right at 3lbs.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:24 AM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

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One of my bigger questions is with the action. Im leaning towards a Stiller predator but the folks at Proof use Defiance actions. Which would you go with? Any differences with them? The Defiance is a few hundred more and is it worth it? It seems like using a Remington is a good idea until you see how much it costs to true them up.. seems like the smart play is to go custom from the start.
Cost wise, there is little difference between a blueprinted Rem700 and a custom action like the Stiller or Defiance. The difference is in their ability to retain their value. The custom actions definitely retain there value where the Rem700 does not.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:39 AM
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Re: Lightweight rifle build

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I will be hunting elk and deer mainly.

I consider 7.5lbs to be light. But the lighter the better for this project.

I should have said 700-800yds.

I think for now I'll stick to the 300 rum. I had a 6lb .340wby and I loved it. Shouldn't have gotten rid of it.

I will look into the pierce action but they have problems with their site and my firewall keeps closing the page down.

Ive thought of just using a #2 lilja but I want to do a 28" barrel and I dont think they do that. I figured the Proof is best of both worlds just more expensive.

Thanks for the info on timney triggers thats a bit scary.

I haven't thought about optics yet. ..

The 300 RUM is a fine choice for what you want to use it for and you will not be disappointed in
it's performance.

I am a huge Lilja Fan and you cant go wrong with one of his barrels. With the length you want,
I would recommend a #4 (Less that 8 oz difference in the weight of the #2 contour) and save that weight somewhere else. (Scope, stock. rings and bases ETC).

It is true that the custom action has a better re-sale value but I will tell you first hand, you will never get what you have in a custom rifle if you try to sell it No matter what action you use. I try to tell everyone to plan on keeping a custom rifle so build what you want. A custom action does not mean it will automatically shoot better. There is some pride in owning a custom action so that choice is yours.

ON the trigger issue I have used all of the factory triggers and most, if not all of the after market
triggers , And I can find no finer trigger than the Jewell.

Just my opinion for what its worth.

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