Pack Rifle Project caliber selection

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by Blacktail, Nov 26, 2009.

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  1. Long Time Long Ranger

    Long Time Long Ranger Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2002
    I have a Tikka T-3 light in 300 wsm for a backpack carry rifle. It weighs in just over 7 pounds scoped out. After freefloating the barrel it shot one hole groups at 100 yards. It shoots a 150 grain E-tip with a .469 BC at 3400 fps. It makes a very economical 600 yard backpack rifle. I also have the same rifle in 338 win mag for elk size critters. At 600 yards it will kill anything in north america.
  2. Blacktail

    Blacktail Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2006
    In your experience how accurate is the turret?
  3. tjbill

    tjbill Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    I have a Kimber Montana in 300WSM with a 4.5-14 Leupold Boone and Crockett that shoots 180 grain accubonds into 3/4 inch @100. The trigger is awesome and it handles great. It is my go to rifle for pretty much anything except the really long stuff (600+). The B&C reticle works great at sea level, but I am going to get the M1 elevation knob installed for dialing as I do hunt up to 11k feet elevation. I love this setup and just got a Kimber Police in 300 Win Mag to go with it.
  4. JauntyMorel

    JauntyMorel New Member

    Feb 28, 2010
    If you reload, why not do a 6.5x55 bob jordan ackley improved. Gets 120 grainers to 3200+, similar to 6.5x284, but with increased barrel life and greater brass life due to less case stretching.
    Just a thought...........:D
  5. handwerk

    handwerk Well-Known Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    I built mine on a pre 64 M70 action, used a fwt contour pac-nor @24" chambered in 280 Ai, and put it in a rimrock stock topped with talleys and a 3x9x40 leupy. Ready to go at 7 3/4 LBS and shoots very nice groups w/ barnes TTSX.
  6. silvertip-co

    silvertip-co Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    260 rem or 7mm-08 or 6.5-284( factories otto be making this cal soon I hope).

    My own lite rifle is a Sav 111 270 weighs 7#3 due to carefully selected scope, rings, bases, and sling. Nest one will be a short cal like three I mentioned.

    Good luck.
  7. IChaseCoues

    IChaseCoues Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    If Kimber made a Montana in 260 that would fit the bill, but a 7-08 seems the next best thing in a factory rifle. If youre looking at a custom, the possibilities are endless.
    Pick your components well and a 7 lb all up package isn't that hard to build. I have always thought a 260AI would be sweet though.
    I am gathering components for my brother in law's build right now that will be close to what you are looking for.
    It may be a half pound over your weight limit when finished depending on the scope he chooses.
    It will have a, Borden Alpine WSM action, Rock Creek 4 contour fluted barrel, and Lone Wolf Summit stock.
    He decided on a 264/270 WSM but I still think building a 6.5 RSAUM is a better idea. The RSAUM should fit the mag better and have enough case capacity to keep up with the WSM in a 6.5.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2010
  8. motrophyhunter

    motrophyhunter Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    I would seriously think about a 7 WSM in that short action, should be no problem out to 600 yrds with the right bullet and bullet placement. you can build a pack gun with 24-26" barrel and keep it at 6.2 pounds before the scope easy.
  9. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    +1 on the 7 WSM.

    It is a powerful round and well capable of 650 yard elk (1500 ft/lbs energy) and 900 yards
    for deer (1000 ft/lbs).

    The 140gr bullets can be pushed to 3300+ ft/sec and the 160s to 3100ft/sec+ .All in a short
    action with a 23 or 24" barrel.

    The 300 WSM would also be a god choice but the ballistics are not quite as good.

    The WSMs are about the most powerful rounds available in short actions and factory

    There are more powerful rounds but most need long actions and longer barrels.

    Just a thought

  10. mcseal2

    mcseal2 Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    How do you like your Leupold with the M1 turret? I am looking at sending in my 6.5x20 for my 264 win mag to get the target adjustment added and turret made.
  11. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    The M1 turrets have been extremely useful on 4 rifles for us. That said, my most recent build is running a CDS turret on a 6.5-06. It is tracking very well and I just called in my free custom turret yesterday. You can't go wrong with either one though.
  12. tt35

    tt35 Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2010
    +1 on Dowling. I just got my rifle back from Dan last week. I sent him a M700 300WSM that was built by another 'smith. It had never shot well. After Dan went through it, the thing's best group is .30" and has shot .75" average with TTSX's. Dan is also one of the most reasonably priced guys out there and he's pretty fast if he doesn't have to wait on parts. I highly recommend him.

    I also just ordered a VX3 3.5-10X40mm CDS for this rifle. I'm not sure what the final weight will be but I think we are going to have a long and fruitful relationship! :)