Pack rifle Idea

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Blacktail, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    I have an older factory rem .308 heavy barrel i used to use for work and it got retired due to a promotion. Thinking bout having it turned into a lightweight pack rifle. It has a jewel trigger other than that is pretty stock. Any caliber ideas?
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Depends what kind of long range rifle you want. A 6x284 would be great for light deer and antelope, for larger game, a 300WSM works well in a light package.

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  3. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    im thinking as you, a lighter carrying type rifle. but my mindset is more 7mm.
    a 7mm08 to a 280. but then would i want the 280 ai ?
     
  4. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    I have a 7 mm stw i love and it comes in around 9.25 pounds. The new guns would be for antelope, mule deer and blacktails.
     
  5. alf

    alf Well-Known Member

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    I've got a 9 1/4# STW myself, but here's my packin' gun in 7-08.

    Not a super, duper lightweight at 7lbs. 2 ozs, but balances perfect.

    No slouch with 120's at 3160 in a 22" tube either.

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  6. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

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    Give me some specs. Barrel taper/contour stock etc. That may be what i am looking for. I know i may be limited due to the short action. I thought about the 6.5 285 but wasnt sure if the action would support it.
     
  7. alf

    alf Well-Known Member

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    Trued S/S Remington 700

    23" Rock 9 twist fluted, .620 at the muzzle. Weighs 2lbs. 5 ozs.

    McMillan Classic stock, weighs just under 30 ozs.

    Leupold 2.5-8 with the B&C reticle in Talley lightweights.

    I've got an extra Edge stock (no, not for sale) I can drop the barreled action in and lose 8 ozs.
     
  8. kshunter

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    I have done some mild research on the 7mm-08. shooting 162gr hornaday a-max ( b.c. of .625) or berger 168 VLDs ( b.c. of .617) would make an efficient rig. 7mm hunting bullets seem to have higher bc than 6.5 hunting bullets. seems like lapua is the only company that offers a 6.5 bullet with a bc over .600. However there could be others I dont know about. Just food for thought. 7-08 probably would be easy on the shoulder. You could also use same bolt face same brass, primers..... the only manditory changes would be bullets, barrell. If I were to build a long range pack gun for myself I would use the 7mm-08 seems to be an efficient cartridge that is not fancy or flashy but just gets the job done.
     
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