I am in the market for a new to me, used rifle. I have been carrying a weatherby accumark in .340 for moose and bear and it has been a great gun. I am looking to find a rifle to replace this. There are several things i am looking for in the new rifle. The overall length and barrel length of this rifle have not worked well with my hunting style. I tend to bust brush and climb trees and the long overall length of this rifle has slowed me down. The weight of this rifle, though it is a dream to shoot with low recoil is heavier than i would like. i am looking to lighten up the next rifle. I am still looking for shootability though with a lighter rifle.
Shorter barrel - Most 338's are 26" barrels. i would prefer a 22" to 24"
Weight - I would like a 8 pound rifle. Seems to be the lightest i want to shoot wit ha 338.
I currently shoot a montana that is shortened to 20" barrel and love the compact size and ease to carry in the mountains.
I have looked at the Rem 700 extreme weather and Kimber Montana. Any experience with the montana in a 338?
What rifles are some of you guys shooting that are carrying their rifles through the hills/mountains in 338 and what recommendations do you have when looking for one? Do most you have muzzle breaks?