Well, I am finally able to put my quick build story together. It all started with my first mountain hunt carrying a monster(never weighed) Weatherby Mark V Deluxe 300 wby mag on my first mountain hunt. Though successful I quickly learned that I had to carry less weight up the mountain. So I picked up a tikka in .270 and used that for the last 4 or so years. Fantastic rifle and accurate but of course always wanted my own light weight rifle. The tikka weighs in at 7.48 pounds with the scope, sling and mag and I knew there was still a lot of weight to be lost.
A few months ago a picked up a used Kimber Montana in 7mm-08 and mounted a Leupold 3-9x33 on top. I took it to the range and was not thrilled with the results. I played with factory ammo and a some SST reloads and neither wanted to group where I would expect it to. I also had multiple misfires with the factory Remington's and my reloads. I don't know if it was just a light strike or what the deal was but this of course didn't help my shooting so I attributed the poor grouping of 2" to that. The rifle went back to Kimber and a few weeks later it was back with a new firing pin and firing pin spring.
Back to the range I went and this time no misfires. The grouping did not change and would hold 1.5-2" groups at best with more factory ammo and some new reloads (SST 139 gr & Berger 140 gr). After everyone's horror stories though I was prepared to do what it took to get it to shoot.
So off to Stan Jackson it went and a few weeks later it was bedded and blueprinted. I then sent the rifle to Kevin Weaver to chop to 20.5", flute the barrel and bolt as well as skeletonize the action. Again a few weeks later I had it back and who knew how awesome the rifle would look. My intentions were to save a few ounces and was thrilled with the looks.
Again I was back at the range and I had finally decided on shooting the 140gr Nosler Partitions. Though my shooting was not the best I still managed 1" groups with my best at 3/4". I know that my shooting is what is keeping those groups larger than the rifle is capable of.
So lets talk weight.
When I received the rifle it weighed in at 5 pounds 4.4 oz's and of course didn't pay any attention to it. Turns out my stock weighs in at 28.4 oz's which is 3+ oz's heavier then what I have found everyone elses to weigh. Pretty frustrating but it is what it is.
The rifle already had an aluminum trigger guard that came with it as well as the talley low scope rings. I managed to get a TI bolt handle and I had Weaver Rifles cut some metal off as well. Unfortunately I only weighed the barreled action when I sent it off and didn't get a weight of the bolt by itself.
Factory Bolt 1.3 oz Custom TI .7 oz Weight Savings .6 Oz
Factory Trigger Guard 2.55 oz Weaver Aluminum .95 oz Weight Savings 1.6 oz
Barreled Action w/ bolt 51.85 oz Weaver Custom 48.55 oz Weight Savings 3.3 oz
So I managed to cut 5.5 oz's and with being weight cautious I have managed an awesome rifle to drag around the woods.
Bolt handle .7 oz
Trigger Guard .95 oz
bolt w/o handle 7.8 oz
barreled action 39.45 oz
Box mag and follower 2.5 oz
Action Bolts .7 oz
Talley Rings 2.1 oz
Leupold 3-9x33 9.3 oz
Neoprene scope cover .95 oz
sling .9 oz
7mm-08 ammo .8 oz ea
The rifle weighs in at 93.6 oz's (5 pounds 13.6 ozs) and 6 pounds 1.65 oz's with 5 rounds of ammo. That includes scope, rings, sling, and neoprene scope cover. Exactly how I will carry it.
As far as the $$$ go I have 1900 into the Montana minus the scope and another 316 for the scope itself. Unfortunately the Kimber couldn't make the rifle shoot straight from the factory so I had an increased cost for the bedding and blueprinting that hopefully others wont have. I am thrilled with the rifle and as I continue to develop loads and familiarize myself with the rifle I will tighten groups.
Thanks to everyone who answered my questions about their rifles and I hope this answers a few questions for others.