Having a lite rifle for sheep is nice but not necessary. Most guys can lose 10lbs on there Waist line and that will help more than a lite rifle. Your 300wm is more than enough for sheep and anything else you might run into on the way up. Good luck
While true, I hate when folks mention that. The vast majority could reduce weight both places and be even better. Absolutely no correlation...
A 10lb rifle for true mountain hunting is insane. (unless you are one of those that don't need to loose the 10lbs)
Goat hunting usually implies lots of walking and climbing. A hunting rifle never should be a burden, tiring you out and preventing you to go over that next rise where they may be.” Killing knock down power” is grossly over rated, the bullet needs to be first of all well placed. Shooting long range in mountainous terrain is extremely difficult due to unknown, unreadable winds high up. Perfect recipe for gut shots and lost wounded animals. Goats are not hard to kill with a .270 or 6.5. similar with well placed shots. Much “bullet resistance “ of goats was attributable to slow expanding bullet choices. Remember a goats width of its chest is not very wide. A fast expanding bullet a better choice. A lightweight medium caliber flat shooting rifle in the hands of a fit person, who is willing to climb up where the goats are, is bestGoing to purchase a goat hunt this year and a sheep hunt for 17. Was planning on using a 300 Win Mag for both. Decided I would have my 300 win mag Sendero action trued and blu printed and re-barreled with something in the #3-#4 contour and fluted. Wanted to drop the weight down to the 8.0 to 9 lb range.
Talked with Boots Obermeyer yesterday about the new barrel and the plan and maybe going to a 300RUM. he suggestion going with a 30-338. Due to recoil before the bullet leaves the barrel.
I am concerned about long range accuracy, but want a killing nock down cartridge as well. i have the reloading equipment. Should I just stick with the 300 win mag or is the 30-338 worth it?