I think that 25-06 sounds like the ticket. I am having a 280 Remington AWR II built by the custom shop. That rifle should weigh about 7.5lb when it is all scoped up and ready to go.
I just had a winchester 300WSM featherweight re-done. I had a Bansner stock put on it and I had it coated. I really liked the gun but I wanted to make it a little lighter and a little more weather friendly. That rifle now weights just under 8lb.
How light do you want to get? I think 7.5 to 8lb is light and still gives you some stability when you want to take a longer shot.
I thought about the 280 but i have a .270 already. I would like to get it under eight, preferably 7-7.5 with scope. I am leaning toward teh 300 win due to this gun also being used (sparingly) for elk as well. I just hope i can get it to shoot 165/168's or maybe even 150's for long distance blacktail which is waht i primarily pack in for.
My gunsmith and i just talked and he is thinking about one of the New Ultralight Rifle Actions, McMillan Edge or Banser Stock with a #2 contour Shilen. I was thinking maybe a #3 but he seems to think if we go #3 we wont be able to keep the weight down. Anyone have any experience with this action.?
Ok here is what i am thinking on. NULA action, 24" #3 or #2 contour shilen, jewel or shilen trigger, as far as stocks NULA if available, Banser etc. I have scrapped teh idea of the Tikka due to no stocks available without paying big bucks. Plus i already got it sold. Any thoughts on this set up. As alway open for suggestions.