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Old 04-18-2012, 11:25 PM
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OK, U twisted my arm,the KID
What does it weigh? What barrel contour? Nate Dagley is building a 300 Norma Imp. for me.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:08 PM
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Re: Purpose built Pronghorn rifle

7.2 oz,ABS Wrap medium,would have to measure,not as many choices typical in wrap.Bare rifle
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:25 PM
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Re: Purpose built Pronghorn rifle

For a lighter weight stalking gun I'd go with a 6mm or 6mm AI with 105gr A-max or Berger VLD hunting

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A 264WM with a good high BC 130 or 140gr bullet it likes. That's what I will be taking west this fall, my girlfriend will be shooting my 6mm. I haven't found a load that shoots well with the 140gr Berger after lots of experimenting with powders and seating depth but it shoots 140gr accubonds really well so that is what my turret is built for. I love the terminal performance of them on muleys and whitetail so I'm sure they will work fine on goats also.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:17 PM
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Re: Purpose built Pronghorn rifle

Just my opinion-7mm SAUM AI on a long action (room for seating depth), some of you 6.5 guys run the numbers on a 180gr. Berger doing 3000+ fps and you will really be impressed with the wind numbers, not to mention the elevation.Better barrel life that all of the 6 and 6.5 magnums mentioned, and in a pinch you can still shoot factory ammo.I almost built this my self but really wanted something that fit in a short action, so I went in a little bit different direction. I have a buddy that is planning on this as soon as his 7 RUM barrel is gone.Like someone said earlier, "shooting in the wind is all about experience and you don't want to have to set back the shoulder just as soon as you are getting your gun figured out."
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:34 AM
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Re: Purpose built Pronghorn rifle

The 264WM wouldmake a good rigg or just put a 7WSM barrel on the Savage
Whatever you put together get it out in the wind as much as posible to practice with it!!
I've built and bought a couple of goat guns but end up prefering my old M77 Ruger in 7 Mag......Its light enough to haul around all day and back with a goat in the backpack and after 25 years it just plain getserdone.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:43 AM
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The 264WM wouldmake a good rigg or just put a 7WSM barrel on the Savage
Whatever you put together get it out in the wind as much as posible to practice with it!!
I've built and bought a couple of goat guns but end up prefering my old M77 Ruger in 7 Mag......Its light enough to haul around all day and back with a goat in the backpack and after 25 years it just plain getserdone.
I have been getting some pretty fair results with the .300WSM and the 180 Nosler BT, been keeping my eyes open for a 7mm WSM barrel too. At just under 8 1/2 lbs. I should be able to carry the Savage a ways. I have a brand new shiny 7mm Mashburn reamer sitting here, I'm waiting on a set of dies and will have one of those up and running. I haven't been having real good luck with the 7mm RM accuracy wise, once I get the velocity up the groups expand a bit much for my liking.

I will have a .264 WM in the near future, just can't decide on a barrel contour/length yet.

Bob
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:19 PM
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Re: Purpose built Pronghorn rifle

Looks like you have plenty of advise on here on what rifle to build. Pretty much all of the suggestions on here are enough gun and then some for antelope. I have hunted antelope for a long time and have guided a few hunts as well. I have seen everything from 243's to 300's take down antelope in the same amount of time. Just depends where you hit them. It all depends upon what you prefer and your method of hunting. If you are going to get out on foot all day long, you might go with a lighter route. If you are hunting and glassing out of the pickup, you might consider a heavier rifle.

I would be careful of the mag rifles on the chance you get a closer shot, antelope are very soft tissued creatures. I have seen some mag's blow through an antelope without enough ample tissue to expand enough for a quick kill.

2 years ago, I killed an 82" buck from 300 yds. Last year I took a hunter out in the same area and he killed an 80" buck from 550 and all of this was done with the old fashioned 30-06. The bergers both made it all the way through with lots of damage on the exit wounds. Both bucks were killed with some very stiff winds. Just depends upon where you hit them.

The gun that seems to be the most popular between me and my group of hunters for antelope is probably the 25-06 but that doesn't make it the best antelope gun by any means but its something we prefer because of the success we have had with it over the years. So whatever you are comfortable with will work for goats.
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