need a bit of help with new hunting rifle

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by sprayed99, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. sprayed99

    sprayed99 Well-Known Member

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    I have been toying with the LR precision stuff and tactical stuff and as some of you know they are HEAVY rifles and I have now listed my last tac rifle for sale and plan on replacing it. I have thought about building a custom light hunter but don't really see the point because all my shooting at furry animals is under 300 yards. Kinda defeats the purpose of spending all that cash if it will never shine.

    So what would you buy if you were buying a cheaper "under 1,000" hunting stick?

    I will be going with a short action for this in preparation to possibly build off the action later.

    Thanks

    Dan
     
  2. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    Short actions really limit our LR potential cartridges IMO.

    I found with the WSMs, (300 and 7mm) that if we want to use any bullet with decent BC (over .5 G1) that we're either robbing powder capacity or having to shoot single shot.

    The 6.5-284 is the same way, it really needs a long action to shine and show its true capabilities.

    So, that being said; if you are dead set on a short action, 260, or 7mm-08 IMO.
     

  3. sprayed99

    sprayed99 Well-Known Member

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    I asked about a rifle not caliber. I dont care what caliber I choose as it will get torn down and barreled to a 260 after this season.
     
  4. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    OH Ok, I got you. Most good smiths will readily rebarrel Remingtons and we can get good aftermarket triggers for them. You can also pick up a Savage pretty cheap and rebarrel it yourself with some minor tools.
     
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    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Remington M700!
     
  6. Robinhood493

    Robinhood493 Well-Known Member

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    Well I will throw this out there and say Browning X-bolt. If your going to build the gun, Remington 700.
     
  7. sprayed99

    sprayed99 Well-Known Member

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    Been down the savage path and not thrilled with them. Built a few remmys and they are nice, but in factory form they aren't very good rifles. What I'm really looking for is something that is accurate out of the box and fairly nice too. I just haven't bought a new factory rifle in so long I'm not sure where to start.


    What about Kimber? Winchester? FN? I want to try something a bit different.
     
  8. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    IMO, Kimber wouldn't be worth the money if you're just going to tear it down after one season. But I've heard they are very nice and usually very accurate.

    Maybe you could kill 2 birds with that stone though if you can find one in 260.?
     
  9. sprayed99

    sprayed99 Well-Known Member

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    That's possible but no one other than the Target savage sells a fast twist 260... I like to shoot the heavies.... Hmmm I will have to go do some playing around at the local gun stores I guess.
     
  10. jehu

    jehu Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at the Sako Hunter Laminated Stainless ie: Grey Wolf that already comes in 260. I know it is more than $1000 but it would not have to be rebarreled, so you would save that $.
     
  11. Truc

    Truc Well-Known Member

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    Light weight rifle that shoots well, that's easy Tikka T-3. I have a 7mm Rem Mag and it will shoot to 1/2" W/ Bergers 168 and about 3/4" with other loads. New SS model is right at 650 shipped from Buds. Mine weighs 7.5 lbs w/ 4.5x14x44 Carl Zeiss scope.
     
  12. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

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    About ninety percent of my factory guns, or custom guns are remy actions. Easy to work with, and smiths are usually tooled to work them. Of recent, I have acquired a custom shop Winchester, and two post 64 Winchester rifles. The triggers are awesome, and very adjustable, and the actions are very strong, well built, and smooth. My Sharpshooter is a custom shop sweetheart, and is perfect in every sense of the word. I would NOT hesitate to use one of the other Winchester actions to do a build with. I actually like them in some ways better then the remmys due to the flat bottom. That makes bedding a little more tighter. In my book, you can't go wrong with the Winchester action. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.
    Good luck on your build!!