Well I purchased a Christensen Arms Mesa...

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  1. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    Many of you have probably seen my half dozen threads on different rifles and such I was looking to purchase. I went all over the place in my decision making process, so much so, I almost purchased a 2400$ rifle which was WAY over my original budget of ~1000$. I know there are tons of rifles on the market which have tons of pros and cons but I just couldn't find one around my budget which ticked all the boxes. I already own a 6.5cm, a 7mm08, 3006 and a 7mmrem mag. My conditions were rifle in 6.5prc (yes I know this cartridge could go the way the dodo and there are other options, I just wanted one), a decent composite(or similar) stock from the get-go...no crappy Tupperware stocks forcing me to purchase a new one and have it bedded/fitted...etc. Color of the stock was not critical but everyone likes what they like and to me there are some hideous colors. No heavy weight contour barrel but no super ultra skinny contours either (sporter/magnum sporter is what I wanted). Muzzlebreak included was not a must but a definite plus. Final criteria, the rifle must shoot under 1 MOA out to 400 yards. Last week, I almost purchased a crazy expensive rifle which ticked all the boxes but I just couldn't spend that kind of money when my initial budget was ~1000$ so I had to tell myself to take a step back and revisit the original list of rifles I looked at. I was torn between the browning hells canyon, CA Mesa, and Bergara B14. The Berga was almost the winner but I HATED the look of the green stock, and the only other option in a composite type stock was their Ridge which has a heavier weight contour which I did not like and they did not offer it in 6.5prc (I originally was not only looking at 6.5prc). The browning had a lot of reports of the cerakote finish not being really durable (scratch easy and flaked off easy) and I honestly do not care for burnt bronze finish. Their magazines are less than desirable but ok. Finally, the trigger is too heavy and you can no longer do the easy trigger spring change that you see online which means spending an additional 200$ on an after market trigger. This lead me back to my original pick of the CA Mesa. This rifle ticks all the boxes BUT has the occasional bad review. From what I have read is their customer service is also just OK. Not great but not as bad as some. It appears they make most things right but might take time for you to get your rifle back from then. We shall see how I end up. Im just hoping for a rifle which shoots sub 1 MOA. I will report back with my findings.
     
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  2. mobenzowner

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    Congrats on the new Mesa. I would have bought one myself a few weeks ago if they made a 6mm creed. I gave a Ridgeline and so far really like it. It's a shooter. I ended up buying the Hells Canyon in 6mm. That makes my second. The trigger on the Browning's are easily adjustable and have little to no creep. Let us know how you like the Mesa!!
     
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    I think you will be OK. Like you, I do all the research I can before I buy anything and invariably, find negative reviews. Let’s face it, just about everybody turns out a Lemon once in a while, and the interwebs have a way of making mountains out of molehills. Odds are, you’re new Mesa will be fine. Waiting for the range report!
     
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    What's the deal with the new Browning triggers? I've got an A-bolt that is about 10-15 years old and the trigger on it is adjustable and really a nice trigger for a factory box rifle. I've mine set at about 2 1/4 pounds which is about as light as I want for a hunting rifle that is liable to get banged around some. I basically replaced everything on the rifle except action and trigger, and had the action trued. Just thought the trigger was good enough not to mess with.
     
  7. bkillion28

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    My dad and I both have Christensen one is a 26 nosler and the other a 28 nosler both have been great for us
     
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    Hey BigEclipse....arexyou in Idaho....i was looking at a 65cm for a friend other day...guy walked up behind and wanted fo see the mesa in a 65prc.........was that you.....
     
  9. Bigeclipse

    Bigeclipse Well-Known Member

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    No not me. I’m in NY
     
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    The new brownings are adjustable and supposedly down to 3lbs but some people report only getting down to 3.25lbs. Even 3lbs to me is too much. You used to be able to swap the trigger spring but they recently in the last year made the hole you swap through even smaller. From the threads I’ve read it sounds like doing the spring swap is nearly impossible now
     
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    I look forward to hearing about your Christensen. The Mesa was on my short list, too, but I found a Bergara Premier HMR Pro for $1,300 delivered. Like you, I'm waiting on its arrival at my FFL. Probably early next week. My 6.5 PRC dies and brass should arrive today.
     
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    I'm getting ready to get either 6.5 in the mesa or browning hells canyon let me know which one was better at the range thanks
     
  14. Bigeclipse

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    I did not purchase a hells canyon to test. I decided against due to the heavy trigger it comes with. If you want below a 3lb trigger you will need to spend about 200$ more on an aftermarket one as it can no longer have just a simple spring swap (or so I heard)