Mountain rifle - build or buy?

Rhunter2

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I currently have an mrc x2 with a 4-18 lrtsi scope in a 7 rem mag. I haven’t weighed the gun but I would guess 10lbs +\-. It feels a bit heavy for packing up a mountain. Gun shoots well. Under 3/4” with factory 162 eldx. I am contemplating selling the gun and buying a lighter one or starting to change parts on this one to lighten it up. I like the scope so I am just looking at the rifle. I know that mrc action is on the heavy side. Am I better off going a whole new direction (new gun) or throwing new parts at this one. Parts would likely include a McMillan stock, lighter barrel, and maybe different bottom metal. Not looking for a five pound rifle but I would like to shave a couple of pounds off my current setup.
 

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There are a lot of “factory” mountain rifles now that are relatively inexpensive.
Upgrading your current rifle could be fun and rewarding.
 

Slick8

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I would build if it's in the budget.

As stated above there's a lot of light weight factory offerings but they all seem to come at a sacrifice.

Now building a lightweight does get costly and quick. No sacrifices though.

Were it me and I'm thinking of the same thing I'd go with a steel action of your choice, carbon barrel, Mcm carbon edge fill stock and a light set of rings. I feel like an aluminum rail and either Seekins or NF Ultra-lights are the way to go here.

This will have you in the 7-8 pound range before scope.

You can shave some weight with a titanium action and bolt but you have to ask yourself if that 8-10 ounces is worth it.
 

Jjeffhunter

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Cooper firearms ,timber line ,or the backcountry are a nice light accurate choice for $2500-3000 hard to build a nice! custom for that
 

LongBomber

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I built a custom- short action rem ti, manners eh1, 25" carbon wrapped barrel. Rem bdl bottom metal. Nightforce direct mount, VX5HD 3-15x44. Weighs 7 pounds 15oz, and is very long range capable.
 

lancetkenyon

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Fluted bolt
Alloy bolt shroud
Carbon fiber knob
TI firing pin and Wolfe Blitzschnell spring
Shilen match trigger
Proof Research Sendero Light @ 26" 1:9"
Hawkins 3 port brake
Manners EH1 bedded
Seekins alloy 20MOA Picatinny rail
Seekins alloy 30mm medium high rings
March F 3-24×52
8lbs 13oz all in.
Just under 7lbs bare rifle
 
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Weatherby Fan

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Keep your current rig, pick up an Used Kimber Montana in desired action length/weight 8400, 84L or 84M, buy a Benchmark or Bartlein #2 contour and drop it off to your Gunsmith, and poof you’ll have dandy all stainless lightweight rig.

That’s what I use is a Kimber Montana/ Benchmark barrel chambered in 6.5-284
 

yorke-1

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Hitting 8# scoped is pretty easy with a variety of factory guns. I’ve got a factory Rem 700 SPS stainless in 300 RUM in a B&C Alaskan Ti stock that weighs 8# 2oz ready to hunt, and that's with the 26" factory barrel and bottom metal. There are a couple models from Kimber that should be at or below the 8# scoped mark as well.

Getting below 8# scoped is when it starts to get expensive. If you budget allows it, check out some of the NULA rifles. You'd have a hard time building a lighter rifle for any price.
 

WyoHunter1

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If you decide to go with a factory rifle look at the Browning Hells Canyon.
Hells Canyon Speed 6.5 lbs $1079
Hells Canyon Long Range has a heavier contour barrel 7.4 lbs $1079.
Hells Canyon with McMillan stock 7.7 lbs $1800.
These prices are from Sportsman warehouse.
They are accurate and if you replace the trigger spring you can get the trigger down to around 3 lbs.
 

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Budget Light weight build: Tikka magnum faced long action donor, wildcat stock, quality fluted sporter contour barrel from preferred maker, you'll be around 6.25# bare rifle. I'd build on a short action magnum case, throated properly for heavy bullets. 7mm wsm, 7rem saum, 7mm sherman short, 7mm blaser.
 

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Lightest weight build: Pierce/mesa/lone peak ti action. Wildcat composites stock, fluted sporter or sendero light carbon barrel, Hawkins bottom metal and hybrid rings. You'll be near 5.5-5.75# bare rifle. I have a lone peak razor ti, proof sendero light 24" 6.5 saum in a mickey game hunter, Hawkins rings & bottom metal, it weighs 6#. If I went wildcat stock, it'd been half a pound lighter.
 

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