Recommend Me A Lightweight Rifle

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  1. timberelk

    timberelk Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a around 6lb mountain rifle that will shoot MOA with factory loadings that I can reach out to 600 yards and be lethal on mule deer. Barrel must be thread or come with a muzzle break. I’ve considered kimbers, Christensen Arms and weatherby. Price range is max $1500 for rifle, what would you recommend?

    I’m leaning hard toward the 6.5 creedmoor due to its ballistics and lack of recoil but open to other caliber thoughts
     
  2. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    I heard about an ad from Savage. They are selling a light weight 6.5 CM for $550. I didn't see the ad so can't verify it.
     
  3. WeiserBucks

    WeiserBucks Well-Known Member

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    Tikka T3
     
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  4. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I’d recommend sako a7 rough tech, about 7.5 lbs but has a good free floated stock, threaded muzzle comes in 6.5 cm and they shoot. I have an a7 range in 6.5 cm. It’s a little heavier that you listed, but it costs to get that light and have a stock with enough rigidity to perform 600 yd shots
     
  5. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    The brake might be a deal killer in a real light rifle. I'm no gunsmith but as I understand things, you need a certain amount of steel thickness to cut threads into so as not to deform the bore. Light rifles usually have thinner barrels.
     
  6. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    I would get a Christensen Arms Mesa in 6.5 Creed. I am thinking about one of these for myself. They are 6.5 lbs. with a brake. I believe Broz reviewed one of these and really liked it.

    Nice quality near your price point.
    Here's a link: https://christensenarms.com/mesa/
     
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  7. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Kimber makes their mountain ascent rifle under 5lbs with a brake
     
  8. timberelk

    timberelk Well-Known Member

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    How do you think the recoil on that kimber mountian rifle would be?
     
  9. blumboss33

    blumboss33 Well-Known Member

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    try the HS Precision 2000 PHL and you will never regret it.
     
  10. WeiserBucks

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    A friend of mine has a Kimber mountain ascent in 300 WSM , the recoil is manageable but not pleasant. In a smaller caliber I'm sure it would be more enjoyable.
     
  11. blumboss33

    blumboss33 Well-Known Member

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    i honestly don't think they are bad nut not what i will recommend.
     
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    The Kimber in 300 WSM isn't horrible, I'm just used to heavier rifles with better brakes.
     
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  13. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve never shot a rifle that light, but brakes do an amazing job. They r sub Moa guns but a pencil barrel will heat after one shot, I think zeroing and load development would be a pain but once ur set up, sure would be nice packing. I’ve had days I’ve wanted one to carry but not shoot lol. Kimber are nice rifles though
     
  14. Mike 338

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    Yup, they're out there. You can find smiths/manufacturers that will flute and thread any thickness barrel and some others will not. Kimber for example has has some grievous issues with dissatisfied customers as it relates to the accuracy of their rifles. That said, I've seen at least one in 325 that shot amazingly well. I guess I'm suggesting that on a lightweight mountain rifle, a brake could complicate things, not the least of which is additional weight. Heck, Tikka has a bolt on brake. I like the OP's inclination of going 6.5 Creed as the recoil is intrinsically manageable, with or without a brake. Not a knock on brakes. Just tossing out a thought that an extra thing on your gun may not necessarily make it as sweet as one hoped.