What gun, scope, and bipod/rest are you guys packing in ?

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by norcalnoodler, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. norcalnoodler

    norcalnoodler Member

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    I'm interested to know what you guys are lugging or not lugging around in the hills !
    And what are you targeting with your chosen round ?
    And what does it weigh ?

    Also what would be your choice if you had to narrow it down to one gun to take a Bear, mule deer, elk, and a jackalope with that one gun ????

    PS - Jackalope does not need to be distinguishable after the shot ;-)
     

  2. dmj

    dmj Well-Known Member

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    I pack a 300 win mag. Rem 700 action, Mc Millan Scout stock, harris bipod, 26 inch benchmark barrel, sendero contour, spiral fluted with a muzzle brake for total length of 28 inch, timmey trigger at 2.25 lbs. Dnz one piece rings, topped with a 3-15x50 nightforce scope. Every thing is blue printed, trued, lapped, bedded. Weighs slightly over 10 lbs. Mainly hunt elk, some deer and black bear. Using 180 grain accur bond bullets, have some 200 accur bonds that I'm going to try and eventually would like to try some of the berger hybirds.
    The rifle and scope mounts were put together by Horizon Firearms. I installed the scope. Never had the opportunity to be around any of the nice rifles that many have on this forum. But some of them sure sound nice.
     

  3. Keahi

    Keahi Member

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    Remington 700 Ti in 260 Rem, leupold vx-3 2-8x36
    Weighing in at 6-1/2 lbs
    Going for Mulies
     
  4. Clovis Man

    Clovis Man Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently hauling a Winchester Model 70 in 7mm STW around, and at almost 60 years old and perhaps 30 pounds overweight, it's a real haul! The rifle without ammo weighs right at 9 pounds, pretty close to what an M1 Garand weighs.

    I just bought this rifle last spring, so of course I'm taking it everywhere, but I would guess my dad's (now mine) Model 70 in .270 W.C.F. would be a better choice, as I'm playing at finding a mountain lion. The 7mm sure is overkill for that animal.

    A .270 or .30-'06 will take all of the animals you named, but if we're talking brown bear, I sure would want something BIG. My current rifle would be on the lower end of what I would want to use, and I'm thinking an 8mm mag or .458 or whatever in that range. And as you say, the jackalope would not be distinguishable after THAT shot! gun)
     
  5. Rucker61

    Rucker61 Well-Known Member

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    Taking two, and will pick depending if we're hunting open or timber on a particular day:

    Tikka .300 WSM with Vortex Viper PST 4.16x50 SFP, 8 lbs 6 oz
    Tikka .308 with Vortex Viper 2-7x32, 7 lbs 4 oz.

    Elk and mule deer
     
  6. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

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    So far I've packed a factory 300WM Remington Sendero with a Nikon Tactical scope in Burris Signature rings. We go back far enough into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana that the horse guys think we're crazy.


    Yes, it's on the heavy side. But I run 80 miles a week.
     
  7. Punisher

    Punisher Well-Known Member

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    I have a remington 700 in a 7mm mage. it's a bdl action with #6 unfluted barrel. It has a JP eliminator brake with an Atlas bipod topped with a 20 MOA base and lightweight tactical rings and a vortex viper PST 6-24x50 with illuminated reticle, a anti cant device AND a smile.

    she weighs about 16 pounds, but she makes the shots... that's what it's all about.
     
  8. Hognuts

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    I am taking two as well:

    I am taking a 375 Cheytac for my "long gun" It will be posted up at a secondary camp on a high spot overlooking a burn area. It is a custom rifle built on a Stiller TAC 408 action, Benchmark 30" spiral fluted barrel with Ross Schuler Brake, in a Mcree Folding Chassis, Atlas Bi-pod, NF 8x32x56 scope with NP/R1 Reticle, It is mounted in Barrett 40 MOA EX rings on a Stiller 20 MOA base (giving me 1150 yard zero) with the NP/R1 reticle dialed down to double my subtensions, I have enough "hold under" to hit anything between 100-1150. (when I say that I have 1150 yard zero, that is a general statement, that can go up or down anywhere from .25 MOA to a full MOA depending on atmospheric conditions etc... running Cold Bore program from Patagonia on my Trimble Nomad for ballistic solutions)

    It weighs 26.5 lbs, a heavy pig no doubt, but I have packed my Barrett in some pretty rough country in the Absaroka Beartooth mountains in Montana, so I know it is doable, hopefully something will actually step out in the "kill zone" this time, last time I ended up using my 30/06, but we were ready if we needed it! :)

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    For my rifle that I carry on a day to day basis, I am taking a Winchester Model 70 30/06. It is a relatively "stock" rifle, I free floated the barrel and bedded the action to the stock. I put a piece of railing on the front end of stock so I can run an Atlas bi-pod on this rifle as well. It has an EGW 20 MOA base with a Nikon Buckmaster 6x18x40 scope with the BDC reticle that I can use in conjunction with Nikon's app for Iphone "Spot On" it shows the reticle at all the various magnifications and what the associated holds would be.

    I also have a Kenton Industries elevation turret that shows the MOA markings on the lower portion of the turret (1/8 MOA adjustments) then on the top portion of the turret it has my drops for different yardages out to 600 yards in 50 yard increments. I sent them my ballistic information, enviornmentals the day I got dope, sight height, and they engraved the yardages on the turret, seems to be a good little system, gives the shooter a myriad of options, keep dope in MOA, use reticle for hold-over, use turret with the yardage BDC markings. I have done extensive testing with this set-up and it is accurate with any of the above methods. I like that it has higher magnification than most of my designated hunting rifles, but if I dial down to 6x, I still have a wide field of view for quick "snap shots"

    I put a VAIS brake on it, not necessarily for hunting, but once I got used to shooting a heavy "match rifle" when I go out and put a lot of rounds down range with a hunting rifle to verify zero and check drops, my shoulder takes a beating, it made my shoulder black and blue after one outing so I finally threaded it and put a brake on it!


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    Screen shot of a blown up version of the reticle on 16X and what the drops would be. You can make a screen shot of the scope at any magnification from 6-18x and it will show you the drops, or you can just use the app in real time too if you have time. My plan is to just print a drop list for 18x, that will get me out to 600 yards.
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  9. Hognuts

    Hognuts Well-Known Member

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    deleted double post....oops
     
  10. JOSH 03

    JOSH 03 Well-Known Member

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    Love that 30-06, she looks like a shooter!
     
  11. mnoland30

    mnoland30 Well-Known Member

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    I think most of us have been oversold on magnums. That said I tote a 7mm WSM in a 6 lb. Browning Ti. That's 6 lbs. including the 2x7 Leupold Compact scope. I added a homemade safari sling which adds about 3 oz. I load it down to about If I had it to do over again, I'd look very hard at Savage. They make some very lightweight rifles in good calibers and their prices and accuracy are great. We use 30 caliber here, because that is what the military used. They use 6.5 in Sweden for the same reason, and hunt moose with it to good effect. If I had it to do over again, I'd be very tempted to shoot a 6.5. If you look at the ballistic tables, most bullet companie's highest b.c. ratio are in 7mm. Unless you're hunting polar or brown bear, a 6.5 will do everything you need. Just stick with a heavy for caliber bullet to assure penetration. I love Bergers and Barnes.
     
  12. Hognuts

    Hognuts Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it is a great shooting rifle. It is a hand me down and has taken its share of game in its day! :cool:

    I like my heavy precision rifles, but it is nice to have a light and handy hunting rifle that still puts rounds where you want them in the moment of truth. gun)
     
  13. califoriahunter

    califoriahunter Well-Known Member

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    My pack rifle is a tc pro hunter chambered in 270 but in California our deer are small
     
  14. Clovis Man

    Clovis Man Well-Known Member

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    What "year model" is that Model 70?