Need Lite weight rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by PABUCK, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. PABUCK

    PABUCK New Member

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    Looking for a super light weight rifle for elk hunting. Decided on a .300 win mag, but looking to get it in a model that weighs in around 6 - 6.5lbs. The closest I've found is the Tikka T3. Any other suggestions.
     
  2. Apex-Predator

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    Tikka T3s ROCK, but that much power in such a light platform is sure to be a slobberknocker. Savage makes a light weight rifle too, and their recoil pad is better IMHO.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    OK, I have a .308 that weighs 6 lbs. You want MY advice?

    DON'T DO IT !!!!
     
  4. PABUCK

    PABUCK New Member

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    So you are suggesting a .300 is too much gun for elk? I got a 7mm-08 BLR stainless & a remington 700 BDL .270 with an 8oz trigger. Maybe I'll just get a Bell and Carlson stock for my .270. I just wish my .270 was stainless!!
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

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    you could have your gun coated for corrosion resistance if it isn't stainless.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    no, he's saying a 300 WM in a very lightweight rifle is going to bruise the crap out of your shoulder! when it comes to recoil, weight is your friend. at some point you will have to sight the rifle in and in doing so, you could develop a serious flinch in regards to the recoil.

    i have shot a few 300 WM's over the years, and even a heavier rifle, they are still a little agressive in recoil.
     
  7. jpattersonnh

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    Might knock a few fillings loose!!
     
  8. PABUCK

    PABUCK New Member

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    I had a ruger m77 hawkeye in 300 win mag and I could shoot 10-15 rounds at a time in a t-shirt and feel comfortable, but it weighed 9.5lbs with a scope.

    how much would weathering cost?
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    or all of them! one thing a person could think about doing if they just feel they need a really lightweight rifle in a larger magnum caliber would be to invest in a really good recoil pad and also consider having a muzzle brake installed.

    several years ago, a friend of mine bought a Remington M700 in 300 WM. i had a chance to shoot it before and after it being muzzle braked. i can honestly say it made a world of difference. though it was much louder, even this could be recognized through the ear muffs, the recoil was more like a 30-06. much easier on the shoulder by a long shot.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    what is weathering?
     
  11. PABUCK

    PABUCK New Member

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    Weathering = corrosion resistance coating on blued barrel.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    why not just oil it very well? another thing a person could do and i have done in the past when S/S firearms were not near as common, was to use Johnsen's Paste Wax. coat all the wood and metal with it and when finished hunting do a good cleaning and oiling.

    another option that appeals to many are S/S rifles with composite stocks.

    i still use the Johnsen's Paste Wax on all my stocks when i refinish them. it's the final step i use in polishing them out.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    If you want to protect blued steel, fluid film works great. It was designed as a snow plow lube, but has hundreds of uses. Firearms are one.
     
  14. c3shooter

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    Weatherproofing of the rifle.

    The .300 Win Mag is fine for elk, and the .270 (IMHO) is suitable for anything outside Africa (and Blue Whales).

    As the folks deduced, I WAS speaking of recoil. I am not a wimp. I actually have bits of paper that say that. And I have been a rifle shooter for several....decades. BUT- Remington 600.jpg

    I have a Remington 600 in .308. Looks like it was designed for George Jetson. Weighs 6 lbs, even. It puts marks on me. Really. Serious marks. A 6lb .300 Win Mag would not only knock your fillings out, but we are talking about detached retinas. Having the mark of the scope on your brow sutured. Developing the mother of all flinches.

    And after stalking an elk for hours, to miss it because of a flinch is just unprintable here. bad_idea.jpg
     
  15. PABUCK

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    ok, i think i'm either going to buy a new stock for my Rem 700 BDL .270 or look for a lightweight stainless .270 or 7mm short mag.
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    may i suggest looking into Boyd's Gun Stocks? laminates are wood, but very durable for bad weather. so far i have used two of their laminated stocks and have been very pleased. they fit very well, are decently priced and come in many different colors for a variety of different rifles. here's a link to their site.

    http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/
     
  17. Apex-Predator

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    I don't think anyone would call the 300 Win Mag too much gun for elk, but in a 6lbs platform I would much rather be able to accurately place a 308 or 270 then survive a 300 or 338 Magnum. Unless you are one exceptionally tough fella that much boom in that light a platform is going to hurt more then you would think, and if you are that tough I doubt you wound notice the difference between a featherweight and a sporter weight rifle. My featherweights are 6.5x55, 7mm-08, 308, and 30-06, I would not want any in the under 6.5lbs class any harder kicking then the 06 even with a good recoil pad.
    Shooting rifles that are painful to practice with is a proven method to developing bad shooting habits, anything that bruises you is simply not worth it IMHO, after all a 243 through the sweet spot is vastly more effective then a 338 Win mag through the gut.
     
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  18. jpattersonnh

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    Apex makes great points on weight and caliber. I have 1 Rifle that some people perceive as a thumper. A Savage 110 Seirra lite 7mm rem mag. It was never bad from a recoil perspective. After I had neck surgery I thought even that would be to much. I desided to try a Limb saver recoil pad, one made to fit the rifle. Felt recoil now is less then my 6.5x55 Swede. You could shoot it all day.
    If you want a 7MM mag, I'd pass on the WSM.
    With bullet such as the Barnes TSX (use to be the XFB) 140gr You have a 450 yard killer. MV is 3050, although max pushes it to 3150 they just don't shoot as well.