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Old 04-25-2011, 09:08 AM   #21
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If you don't mind spendin a bit more on a really nice carbine size bolt gun check out the Ruger Gunsite scout rifle. Its got a lightwieght 16" barrel and its in .308. Go to Ruger® Gunsite Scout Rifle
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I am new to the hunting experience and looking for a lightweigth rifle that will give me no problems on long hikes.
The Ruger "scout" rifle is hardly a lightweight hiking rifle. Scoped and slinged it weighs 8 1/2 pounds. It's also only available in 308, which is not as good for long range shooting as the two chamberings the OP said he wanted.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:14 AM   #22
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As for the 450 top distance, my father in law and i have been doing target practice with his rifle, which i believe is a .300, at 600 with about an 2 inch spread.
I hope you will forgive me if I express a certain skepticism about your FIL having a 300 anything that can shoot 1/3 minute-of-angle at 600 yards. 450 yards is a lot farther in the real world than it is on the internet.

If you want to take long shots with a lightweight rifle, I would suggest that you get a 270 WSM because it comes in a short action and shoots flatter than a 270. Then I would suggest that you redefine your long shot limit as being as far away as you can hold every shot on a paper plate from field positions. I strongly suspect that will be somewhat less than 450 yards.
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I have a couple short actions Rem Bdl 6mm rem,Rem Mountain rifle 7mm-08 rem both are nice light accurate rifles. I just have more confidence with my 7mm rem mag that I have hunted with 20 years,deadly accurate,flat shooting,and hard hitting. I will pack a little extra weight for the 7mm rem mag jmo

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I would take a look at a Browning A bolt stalker. They have very short barrels and are just over 6 lbs if I remember right.

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i can't get excited about the Gunsite scout rifle. A 20 round magazine on a bolt action rifle is like having 8 racing slicks on the rear of a Mack dump truck.

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i can't get excited about the Gunsite scout rifle. A 20 round magazine on a bolt action rifle is like having 8 racing slicks on the rear of a Mack dump truck.
Even though the Ruger "scout" magazine is so big it looks like it should hold 20 rounds, it only holds 10. Worst of both worlds.
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Even though the Ruger "scout" magazine is so big it looks like it should hold 20 rounds, it only holds 10. Worst of both worlds.
Yup. That rifle looks like a club. I have a plain old Ruger Frontier in 7mm-08 and even that's no lightweight. Great rifle though.

I have seen modifications to use a 20 round M14 mag in the Frontier, in a fixed position. I just don't get it.
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Synthetic stocks are available for many major brands at Midway and other suppliers.

This alone can pare a couple pounds off the backpacker's load.

It's all in the details, not only do you need a light gun, but a

light system overall.

Next question, nikoko199. When/ if you make your kill, how do you plan on moving it

over hill and dale to bring it home?

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WOW who was the smith that built that hunting rifle? Cause I want him to build me one.

Man you boys better start shooting NBRSA 600 yard matches.

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At the NBRSA Sacramento 600 match on 8/22/04 for example, 76-year-old Ken Schroeder, shooting a 6BR, won Light Gun with a 3.275" aggregate. The winning Heavy Gun Agg was nearly twice as big--a 6.220" shot with a 6.5-284. Schroeder's 6BR also posted the smallest group in match, a 2.049". That was HALF the size of the best Heavy Gun group (a 4.041" by another 6.5-284).
Them boys are spending $3k+ on rifles and $1500+ on scopes not to mention they are using custom made bench rest bullet and front rests that go for $750+. Hell the scope mounts and rings they are using go for $250 + most of the time.
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WOW who was the smith that built that hunting rifle? Cause I want him to build me one.

Man you boys better start shooting NBRSA 600 yard matches.



Them boys are spending $3k+ on rifles and $1500+ on scopes not to mention they are using custom made bench rest bullet and front rests that go for $750+. Hell the scope mounts and rings they are using go for $250 + most of the time.
6.5-.284 is over rated. So is a rest that cost more than most rifles. You either have it or you don't. I believe you have it Tango.
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