light weight rifle

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by screech, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

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    Hey guy's
    I have a friend that is wanting a rifle that will be used for both rock chuck's, deer and up to 250-300 yrd elk gun. He is wanting it to be as light as posible, with in reason. He is also wanting to try the .260. Do you guy's have any suggestions to the rifle. also do you guy's have any expierience with this caliber on elk? Thanks for any info
     
  2. wapiti13

    wapiti13 Well-Known Member

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    Screech, The 260 shhots great and would work for all your specs except it is awfully light for elk. With a premium bullet put in the perfect spot, it would function, but no room for error. Jump up to a 7/08. A little heavy for chucks, but would work with Hornady V-Max or similar bullets. It would be adequate for elk, and a great deer round. Guess it depends on what your buddy wants. I'd rather be overgunned on chucks, and not so under gunnned on elk! You could go with a Model 7 Remington or a SA Remington to keep weight down. OR, go with a titanium Remington and really have a light gun!/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     

  3. JWH Clark

    JWH Clark Well-Known Member

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    Dpending on your budget you could go with a Sako Finlight, which is a mountain rifle and a treat to shoot. I bought 2 because they were that good. They also come with a fluted barrel and detachable mag and boy do they shoot straight. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  4. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

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    screech, I think the 260 would be ok, for average elk, at the range you listed. Just load up a good bullet, the 6.5 penetrate extremealy well. If I was hunting for large bulls, I would want something bigger. I don't think the 7-08 offers a big enough advantage to go with that over a 260, since most shooting will be chucks and deer.
     
  5. Shawn Carlock

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    Nosler claims they will have an Accubond 130 gr in 6.5 out soon this fact may sway you toward a 260. All though the 260 is a little light for elk I would use one. Just be sure you are very paticular where you place the bullet. I love my 260 and have shot many matches and a couple of deer with it.
     
  6. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone. I'll just see if I cant talk him into two rifles. A 260 for deer and chucks and probablly a 300 of some sort for elk. Thanks again for the input