compact rifle

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  1. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I've been thinking lately about a compact rifle such as the ruger compact, or browning micro hunter. Have any of you used these rifles much? I think these rifles would be great to carry around the mountainsespecially since more often than not my shooting ranges are about 150 yards and less. But i still want to be able to shoot out to 400 yards or so if the shot presented itself. I've thinking about either the 7mm-08 or .308 cuz i do hunt elk as well. Do the velocities really suffer in these shorter barrels? Also I noticed that the Tikka t3 weighs about the same as these but is a normal sized rifle, so i have also considered that too. So i guess my question is about the velocity and if people are getting decent accuracy and if its worth the loss of velocity for a handier rifle? Thanks fellas!
     
  2. timl

    timl Well-Known Member

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    I had one in 7-08, it was pretty accurate. If you're a big guy, it will probably be too small for you. I think you'll be happier with a full size rifle, even if it weighs a pound or two more.
     

  3. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    You'll get more efficient powder burn out of a shorter case such as a WSM, The 270 WSM might be good for you? I have a friend who has a T3 Lite in 270 WSM and he loves it. Barrel length, 22 7/16", overall length 42 1/2".
     
  4. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    get an Encore or handi-rifle. very short and compact. if you want a bolt action, just build a bullpup. do a search for 338/300 RUM Bullpup. mine has a 29" barrel and brake with the entire rifle only 40" long.
     
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  5. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    Im not a very big guy, 5'8" 185lbs. But i have been looking at the tikkas as well becuase they are very light too. True with the encore and handi being compact as well, I didnt really think about it, thanks guys!
     
  6. Joel Russo

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    Dave Wilson's Bullpup...

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  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Shooterpunk2

    Looks like you have a lot to think about so I'll just add to the list.

    Look at the Remingtion Model 7 laminate in 7/08.

    The 7/08 does well with a short barrel 18" to 20" and has better
    balistics than the 308 win parent case.In fact the 308 was designed
    around a 20" barrel for the military.

    My 7/08 has a 20" barrel and my Varget load with the 120gr nbt has
    a velocity of 3158 ft/sec.

    In my opinion the SAUM's and WSM's need more barrel because of the
    amount of powder 70grs as apposed to 45grs for the 7/08.

    I have killed deer beyond 500yrds and hogs beyond 600yrds with the 7/08
    and for Elk size animals I would use the 160gr accubond .

    Just my 2 cents
    J E CUSTOM
     
  8. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    Ive looked at the model sevens, but im reall not a huge remington fan. but we will see cuz they are nice.
     
  9. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    I'll add something else to look at. I got a Rem 700 youth rifle in 7-08. It's a 20"bbl and I was amazed at how accurate it was out of the box. I haven't had time to do much load development with it yet, but it really likes the 120 Barnes TSX bullet. I think I'll be able to get 2900+ out of it. Of the first 5 bullets I shot 4 were at or under moa.

    I'm a lefty so there aren't many choices for small compact rifles for me. This one is a jewel.
     
  10. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    Joel, thanks for posting a picture of that thing. i just love looking at it! touched it off a couple times tonight.
     
  11. Boman

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    My lightweight elk rifle is a custom rem 700 in 340wby. it wears a 24" #2 lilja barrel. it weighs right at 7lbs with a normal 3-10 or 4-12 scope. i wouldn't call it compact but it carries all day long and it is sub moa out to 700 yds resting on a pack or bipod. sounds like you like the smaller calibers but I like the .338 class for elk. You could do a light .338 win mag and be pretty good off. I'm 5 8 as well and don't care for the compact rifles, i can't shoot them well. Good luck
     
  12. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    I do like the larger calibers too, but I just don't know how i would like the recoil of a .338 mag in a light rifle like a tikka. the hardest kicking rifle ive shot is a .30-06 i think. Although I have thought about that because really, i primarily elk hunt.
     
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  13. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    I was down in Australia a couple of months ago and one of my buds took me hunting with him. Only rifle available was a 338 WM in a Tikka. I liked it!
     
  14. zjfty9

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    I was looking for a light, compact rifle awhile back. After searching for several months I settled on an Encore. I was unsure about a single-shot rifle at first, but I shoot it really well. Plus you can still get a 24" barrel with rifles overall length at 40". I now have a couple barrels for mine, and use it for almost all of my hunting.