Mountain Gun build - What would you do different?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by KamoAggie, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. KamoAggie

    KamoAggie Active Member

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    Thinking about getting a lighter mountain gun built. Below is what I am thinking, what would you do differently?

    300 WSM
    Stock - McMillan Hunter w/ Edge Tech
    Barrel - PROOF Lite Carbon 24" 1010 twist
    Harrells Gill Muzzle Break
    Action - Lone Peak Fuzion - TI
    Trigger - Jewel

    Any ideas or thought would be appreciated.
     
  2. Clifflopez

    Clifflopez Well-Known Member

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    Are you going to use short or medium action?
     
  3. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    I would pass on the carbon barrel and go with #1 contour Benchmark
    Should be a great build
     
  4. Backcountry_IDN

    Backcountry_IDN Well-Known Member

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    I would go with a win mag over the short. If youre in a bind, you can always find a huge selection of different factory ammo for the in WM over the WSM. Everything else i like. That's what I'm going to do with my .300 after I burn this barrel through. (CF and edge)

    You'll also be able to always find brass for the win mag.
     
  5. Country Bumpkin

    Country Bumpkin Well-Known Member

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    I think your list is a good one.

    I have as follows and I really like it.

    7 RM
    Proof sendero at 24” - no brake for hunting
    Stockys CF stock
    Rem stainless long action
    Trigger tech trigger
    Leopold vx-6 6-24

    I’m just over 8 lbs with scope and it shoots like a dream
     
  6. snookntarpon

    snookntarpon Well-Known Member

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    dont change anything. add a Javelin bipod and or their sentinel tripod.
    put a gunsmith adapter that goes flush into the stock and adds hadrly any weight. Bipod is 5.5 oz
    what i have, what i use.
    SnT
     
  7. Beardeddeer91

    Beardeddeer91 Well-Known Member

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    Your list should create a hell of a rifle. Personally I would go with a 1-9” twist and an inch or two longer on the carbon barrel. I would take the weight penalty for better performance with heavy bullets but that’s a never ending series of trade offs!
     
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  8. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Just an opinion but often when folks think mountain rifle, they think solely weight. Lug an ungainly/poorly balanced rifle around the steeps for a week and you'll appreciate good carrying characteristics. My favorite mountain rifle to "carry" is a Marlin lever-action 1895. The short barrel, narrow receiver and good balance make it a dream to carry. It's a 7 lb. rifle without a scope but you hardly notice it's in your hand.

    Not saying a lever-action is appropriate for an open country situation but the point is that it has characteristics that make it very good to tote. Translate that to a bolt gun and you have a 22" to 24" barrel (so it doesn't dig into the ground on uphill ascents), a not-to-thick stock and a reasonably weighted scope so it's not top/forward heavy. Light weight of course is good too but ultra-light often comes with compromises in performance. Actually, "ultra" anything has a way of generating buyers remorse.

    Not saying all mountain hunting rigs should be like that but just noting that 99% of the time, you gun is in your hand so good balance shouldn't be overlooked.
     
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  9. KamoAggie

    KamoAggie Active Member

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    Thanks for all the replies! I have a 7RM and 300RUM already but they are 8.5 - 9.5 pound rifles. I wanted a shorter action and shorter barrel. I am still considering the 6.5 but I am leaning 300WSM due to the range of animals. deer, sheep, caribou, etc. Just makes me feel better shooting the bigger animals with a 30 cal vs. 6.5.
     
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  10. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    You should have a bare rifle weight in mind so you don’t say after it’s scoped it’s still to heavy ?
    Ultralight- up to 6.5lbs scoped
    Lightweight- 6.5-7.5lbs scoped
    Standard weight 7.5-9lbs scoped
    of course fitting into those categories depends entirely on scope&mount weight
    My latest 6.5-284 build is 6lbs 9oz scoped with a Zeiss V4 4-16x44 scoped
     
  11. BrodynIdaho

    BrodynIdaho Well-Known Member

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    Personally I would go with the razor action (I don’t see the need for the integrated rail) and use a trigger tech. This is all based off of personal preference and what I have built.
    6 1/4 lb 300 Rum bare rifle

    Razor Ti
    McMillan Game Hunter Edge
    CA Carbon Barrel
    CA Ti Slayer Brake
    Trigger Tech Diamond
    Hawkins Rings
    Little over 8lbs w ATACR 4-16x42

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  12. highdrum

    highdrum Well-Known Member

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    Only thing I'd change, go with a defiance medium action. Have the chamber set up with 200-225 freebore to run 215 bergers. With quality brass, you can push the short mag within 50fps of the regular win mag when bullets are seated correctly.
     
  13. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Even 1-8".
     
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  14. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    You've got to be 8 1/4lbs with that 30oz scope, plus the scope rings. Close to 8 3/4lbs with bipod.