I am planning to have a dangerous game rifle built and would appreciate recommendations from any builders or owners with experience in these. My priorities are close-range knock-down energy, reasonably short with muzzle break (like 20 – 24”), light weight (7 – 7.5lbs), extremely rugged and corrosion resistant. Definitely Cerakoted stainless action and barrel.
This is primarily a stand-off, defensive, charge-stopping rifle – easy to carry, fast to point and quick on the second and third shots. It’s not primarily a hunting rifle for measured shots where a longer barrel and heavier weight would work.
As far as caliber I am thinking 375 RUM, 375 H&H, 375 Ruger, 378 Weatherby or possibly one of the 416s. I don’t mind giving up some velocity with the shorter barrel but it needs to be stable and shoot MOA or better. I really don’t think I need 400+gn bullets for brown bear, moose, buffalo…
As far as action I am torn between just doing a stainless Remington long action or go with a controlled feed like a Dakota 76, MRC or possibly Winchester or Ruger. It needs to feed and extract flawlessly every time.
I don’t want a real light trigger on this – probably like 4 - 5lb.
As far as stock it has to be composite. I like the McMillan Rem. Hunter and Edge profiles. I don’t care about looks – just fit, function and weight.
I am pretty much committed to a muzzle break – I am not concerned with having an guide standing next to me and muzzle blast. I think the added energy they allow is worth it. I shoot a 10lb open-site 460wthby regularly and am comfortable shooting my 7lb Remington 375RUM with no break. Any suggestions on a low profile, high efficiency break is appreciated.
The gun will be primarily open sights but drilled for scope mount. Any recommendations on a good, rugged, bright (possibly fiber optic) sight set is appreciated.
Let’s assume cost is not a huge concern. The Ruger Alaskan has a lot of the features I am looking for but the stock is heavy and the rifle feels clunky IMO. There’s also some pretty nice semi-customs out there but most are $5-10k and don’t meet one or more of the above objectives.
Your thoughts, recommendations, experience is appreciated!