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    So, I've sold some guns in the last month and I have a pretty healthy rifle budget.
    If you were going to buy a 30cal light weight rifle what would you get and why?
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    Lots of choices...you don't mention how light or how much your budget is.

    Some good ones that I have hands-on experience with- you can get any of these under 7.5 pounds ready to hunt in a .30cal.
    Nosler 48
    Kimber Montana
    Weatherby Ultralight
    Tikka T3

    There are others, but I've actually shot these enough to form a good opinion.

    Also- forum member Teethmonkey has a Redhawk Custom Rem 700 in .308 on the swap and sell section.....attractive rifle as well as a good price.
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    Rifles Inc....because you can have one with a Rem 700 action!
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    well since you didnt mention a budget I will add this one too..

    http://www.bansnersrifle.com/2011/04...edition-rifle/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    well since you didnt mention a budget I will add this one too..

    http://www.bansnersrifle.com/2011/04...edition-rifle/
    My budget isn't quite that big. I am curious about Christenson Arms.

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    If I were gonna buy another Factory Rife for beeg game hunting, I would choose the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic.

    They make it in a Carbine version, with a 20" barrel, if you can deal with that. I would get the regular gun, and keep the 24" barrel or chop it to 22".

    It should weigh a bit over 7 lbs. and that's light enough for me. I don't want a Super Lightweight rifle, because they're harder to shoot accurately off-hand.

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    If your rifle fund is healthy, I'd probably go for a Sako 85 Hunter Stainless with the 20" barrel. I consider 6.5-7lbs a lighweight rifle. The winchester featherweight compact would be next. As for the 30 caliber, a 308 Winchester with 180 grain accubonds.

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    Are you a right handed as that could make a big difference

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    Remington 700 Mountain LSS. 300. and if you wanna get frisky have it bored to a weatherby and you in my opinion would have the best caliber ever made(not to start a fight). still light, versatile...factory 165/180 tsx is a killer outta this gun. i did the same thing,
    only bought a ss pac-nor barrel then had it bored. best of both worlds, a 700 action and a great cartridge!

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    alot of ppl do not realize, you do not need to spend big money to have a weatherby. the 300 weatherby has the same bolt face as magnums. 7mm/300 mag...any magnum bolt face, then just have it bored...only thing to consider is mag box. but the 300's mag box cycles the weatherby cases just fine

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    Another one to look at would be Forbes.
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    melvin forbes of new ultra light arms? thats the guy that built mine, i have a .416 rem at 6.5lbs and shoots like magic. light rifles are the only way to go...i'll never buy a rifle over 7.5lbs again...NEVER.
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    What is your budget? And does that include the scope? Which 30 cal are you partial to? Lots to choose from: 308, 30-06, 300WSM, 300WM?

    I think under a grand, Tikka. Under 1,300 - Kimber Montana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GD Yankee View Post
    What is your budget? And does that include the scope? Which 30 cal are you partial to? Lots to choose from: 308, 30-06, 300WSM, 300WM?

    I think under a grand, Tikka. Under 1,300 - Kimber Montana.
    I have about $2000 to spend. I don't really need to buy a scope, I have plenty. I've been hearing some bad things lately about kimber rifles. I've shot the Montana in 300 wsm and loved how that gun shot. I actually may be able to buy that gun off of that guy if I really wanted to.

    I've always been a 300 WM guy, but that's all I've used since I was 14. I do have a few other magnums, but their all pretty heavy. The lightest gun I have is about 10pounds scoped.

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    650ish for remmy 700 . you can buy allllllllot of barnes x bullets with the extra 1400 haha.
    you can pretty much get anything you want with that budget.ive never shot a tikka, but people will not quit talking about them. you can really talk to everyone you want and they are just gonna give ya their opinion. me, i like remmys, other tikkas, others kimbers...and so on. to bad they dont give ya a week or two return policy

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    If you really want a light weight rifle go see Steve @ alaskan custom firearms. He can make you a super light wight rifle. He made a 338 federal on a remington model 7 that weighed in at 4 lbs 15.6 oz scoped with open sights.



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    Default Light weight rifle suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thebear_78 View Post
    If you really want a light weight rifle go see Steve @ alaskan custom firearms. He can make you a super light wight rifle. He made a 338 federal on a remington model 7 that weighed in at 4 lbs 15.6 oz scoped with open sights.


    I bet that thing kicks like a mule too! Lightweight in that caliber sounds scary. Good looking rifle though.

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    what'd that rifle run ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebear_78 View Post
    If you really want a light weight rifle go see Steve @ alaskan custom firearms. He can make you a super light wight rifle. He made a 338 federal on a remington model 7 that weighed in at 4 lbs 15.6 oz scoped with open sights.


    Wow! That's a good looking rifle!!!
    Hows the accuracy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thebear_78 View Post
    If you really want a light weight rifle go see Steve @ alaskan custom firearms. He can make you a super light wight rifle. He made a 338 federal on a remington model 7 that weighed in at 4 lbs 15.6 oz scoped with open sights.


    now that is a light weight rifle if I ever did see one....you can take a dump heavier then that..... yeah what did that set you back..

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