"Mountain rifles" for backpack hunting

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by Litehiker, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. Josepi

    Josepi Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up a cooper 92, putting on a Leupold VX5HD.
    Cooper is in .300 win mag. 121 ounces unloaded including sling and rings.
     
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  2. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    .280AI built by Axisworks
    R700 trued, fluted bolt, alloy bolt shroud, carbon fiber knob, alloy bottom metal
    26" 1:9" Proof Research Sendero Light plus Hawkins 3 port brake
    Manners EH1 bedded
    Shilen Match trigger @ 1.5#
    Seekins alloy 20MOA Picatinny Rail
    Seekins alloy 34mm low rings
    Flatline Ops level
    Premier Heritage Light Tactical 3-15×50
    TacOps cheek pad
    8lbs 15oz all in. Not the absolute lightest rifle, but still has enough weight to make the long shots possible.
     
  3. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    I'll bite. What's the USFS pack test?
     
  4. longactionHNTR

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    It’s a 3 mile walk with 45 pounds in 45 minutes or less. Wildland fire fighters have to pass it every year. It’s nothing compared to some of the steep, long hikes that occur on fires and during PT. But it is a measurable test that can be duplicated at every federal fire facility.
     
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  5. GSP814

    GSP814 Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at the Tikka Superlight and Howa Alpine.
     
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  6. middleofnowhere

    middleofnowhere Well-Known Member

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    That is a great combo, similar to what I was considering before I purchased my mountain rifle. The VX5 is a fantastic “no frills” scope for weight and price.
     
  7. vog2hunt

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    tagged for more info on a gun build i am going to do on a Savage action. Looking at a 260, lighter stock and possibly a prefit savage carbon barrel. Already have a Leupold VX-2 4-12x40 scope ready to go. Nothing special but more of an economy mountain gun if i can find a decent deal on a barrel
     
  8. Idaho Lefty

    Idaho Lefty Well-Known Member

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  9. Idaho Lefty

    Idaho Lefty Well-Known Member

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    Yup, I too, have a Tikka T3 stain Lite but, in .270 WSM and with, a 4.5X14 Burris on top, it weighs 7.5 pounds with, a Voodoo Tactical, cheek rest for, good scope alignment.
    I'm getting 3,140 FPS with, 65 grains of, IMR 7828 W/ 140 AccuBond's and 1.25 inch groups at,..200 yards!. Bullets are still going 2,000 FPS at, 700 Yards! My "perfect" Mountain "Elk rifle", done,.. CHEAPLY !
     
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  10. Sprucegoose

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    I have 4 custom builds and don’t think I would ever spend big money on an extreme lightweight gun. I just feel it’s not worth the difference in accuracy over a light weight Tikka or Ruger. Lightweight guns are hard to shoot long range regardless of manufacture. Especially if you need to make multiple shots with a hot barrel.
     
  11. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member

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    I’m late to the game, and I know this is an old thread. But did anyone mention the kifaru rambling rifle?? This is the ULTIMATE lightweight rig!! It’s got interchangeable barrels as well. Super cool concept. I would get one on the coolness factor alone. Price is pretty step I think $4k?

    But anyway I’m not a weakling so all my rifles are over 10lbs. These cute little sheep rifles don’t tickle my fancy. Good day gentlemen. ;):):D

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  12. Weatherby Fan

    Weatherby Fan Well-Known Member

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    Litehiker

    Find an used Kimber Montana in 300 wsm or WM, get it bedded and put a brake on it, put a Leupold VX3 2.5-8x36 or 3.5-10x40 on it and never look back, very light, Best mountain rifle you can buy for the money, CRF Action, excellent adjustable trigger, Kevlar Carbon fiber stock that can be altered to your liking.
     
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  13. Bushmasta

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    700PSS rebarrel to Proof carbon 20" 6.5 Creed, Howa magazine, and CAT700 carbon stock. If i need a hard hitter i take T3 super lite in 7mm
     

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