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    Default sheep hunting gun

    lookin at gettin a new rifle for goin sheep/goat hunting. what kinda guns you usin for hikin the mountains?

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    We cover this a lot. How much you got to spend? A little bit= Tikka T3 lite, More? Kimber 84M, Browning Ti, WBY featherweight, Rem TI etc, A whole bunch= NULA, and a few other customs.... Cal is up to you anything from 243 on up will work fine.

    My next sheep rifle will probably be either a Kimber 308 or a NULA in the same. Just depends on how much I feel I deserve to spoil myself.

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    I use a plain ol' Remington 700 ADL in 300 win mag. Blued metal and synthetic stock. Wears a sightron 3x9 scope. Weighs in at..... Well I dont know. Probably 7 lbs. My dad prefers his 7mm Browning BAR. Bought in the 70's.

    Im of the school where once you have a rifle that shoots good and brings good luck on hunts, well thats what you use. Just so happens that my 300 dollar second hand gun fits that bill for me.

    Funny cause I have been through a slough of high dollar rigs. A host of different calibers. But whats the gun I bring all the time. The ol' beater with the time tested cartridge

    But I know what the allure of a new svelte gun can do to a man!

    My big pre-requisite is to have a back up set of irons. I say with what ever you go with make sure you get sights on it just in case.

    if I had to start over again, and was just shopping for a sheep gun.

    In the budget range Id go with a savage. they just shoot good all the time.

    Middle of the road maybe go with a tikka t3 lite, or the rem TI

    High end, Id pick Dan in Alaska's brain and/or thebear78 here on the forum. They always come up with good ideas for a custom rifle.

    Caliber? I really like the 300 win mag. Shooting those 150's she does a fine job.

    But Dont get all hung up on light weight rifles. They sound good, but my experience is that they are finicky shooters for the most part. And expensive.

    Last sheep hunt I went with my dad (62) and two of his freinds both in thier 60's also. My dads other buddy carried a old tang safety ruger in 7mm. The other guy carried a tikka in 300 wsm and again my dad carried his BAR. IF them old guys can pack those rifles 30 miles I think anyone can that belongs in the mountains. Kinda neat hunting with old school hunters who just use what they got and make it happen.

    The spotting scopes they brought, well...... Im not biting on that nostalgia but thats a different topic

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    I have a new in the BOX Winchester M-70 Stainless Classic (CRF) in .300 Ultra Magnum if your feeling you deserve it.......? They were only made for one week, there ain't many. $1,199.00

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    about what do you want it to weigh loaded with a scope?

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    SAKO made M-39 MosinNagant in 7.62X54r, full trim, open sights and Czech 148gr. Light Ball FMJ.

    200$ rifle with sharp bright bore and many yaers later, its my constatnt companion.
    .30calibers of Donkey Kickin' accurate, stupid proof, powerfull and quite a bargin.

    9-1/2 lbs that any man can carry all the do da day

    You might do better with a few thousand dollers more dumped into another rifle, but I SERIOUSLY doubt it.~~LOL!!!!!~~
    If you can't Kill it with a 30-06, you should Hide.

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    I have been seriously thinking about ordering a Cooper Excaliber with a stainless barrel in either a 7mm-08 or a 280. The weight of the 7mm-08 is 6.5 lbs and the 280 would weight about 7.5 lbs. I have not decided if the one pound of weight is worth a 150 to 200 FPS. I don't like to shot over 300 yards if I can help it so I dont think it would make that much of a difference. The rifle would also be my white tail rifle for when I go back to Mn for deer hunting. I have a 338-06 in an Excaliber and that this tack driver. You spend 1300 on a kimber that might shot good or you spend 1800 on one that is Guaranteed to shot .5 groups. I just have to save for another couple of months. Top the rifle is a VXIII 2.5X8x36 and you are set for life. There actions are like butter. As close to a custom as you can get without the 3000 price tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rimfirematt View Post
    High end, Id pick Dan in Alaska's brain and/or thebear78 here on the forum. They always come up with good ideas for a custom rifle.
    Thanks, Matt. I appreciate the comment, but I've got to admit to being much more frugal than you give me credit for.

    My latest "custom" cost me less than a new Montana or Ti.


    Donor rifle, stainless ADL - $470 @ Sporty's (even cheaper if you pedal the unused parts)
    Lilja barrel blank from the classifieds - $275
    Ti Stock from Numrich - $70
    Gunsmithing & Shipping - $235

    This rifles weighs 7# 1 oz with the 3.5-10x Leupold. For comparison, my 7mm-08 Ti weighs 6.25# with a 2-7x Leupold.

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    I'm carrying a fairly ancient (older than me) tang safety Ruger ultra-light. Chambered in 30-06, I pretty much use it for everything. Once upon a time it was a regular "sporter" weight rifle, but after packing it in the mountains quite a bit I rebuilt it as a "ultra-light" by simply changing out the stock and barrel with factory parts. Its 7lb 1oz with scope and sling which I feel is a good weight for the caliber.

    The thing I like about Ruger's is that they are stupid reliable. No magazines to lose and not much to fall off. It always feeds and always goes bang. If I were to buy another one it would be stainless/synthetic, but the blued steel and wood haven't failed me yet. If I didn't already have a gun and money were no object? Probably a NULA or a custom Remington 700. Since I've got a gun that works though, I'm saving my limited supply of pennies for a really good spotting scope. That's AT LEAST as important as the gun. Probably more so.

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    are you shootin the browning or remington ti?

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    Cut right to the chase and get a Kimber Montana in a short mag!....they are “light done right”…and they shoot!
    Here's two of my mine...
    Remy 700, 280AI ...6.5 lbs with scope


    Remy 700, 25-284.....5.75 lbs w/scope

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    Ramhunter....WOW! Thats some gun porn right there.

    25-284....Whats the story on that iron. Thats crazy light and with a 120g Nosler Partition could be the gun for me.

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    Kimber 84M Stainless Classic chambered in .308 Win., Talley one piece rings, Leupold 3-9 Ultralight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 454casull View Post
    Kimber 84M Stainless Classic chambered in .308 Win., Talley one piece rings, Leupold 3-9 Ultralight.
    That is my plan except delete leupy and add Swaro Z3.

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    I would be looking for two different guns to fill the bill here. Sheep are very easy to kill and anything of 243 caliber or bigger will do the job. My son shot his first with that caliber. IMO goats are VERY tough and hard to kill and I have found a 300 win the gun I go to for them. If you have enough gun for goats then you will be a bit overgunned for sheep, but that is better than the other way around. All of my guns are Rugers and even though mine are the old style which is blued and wood stocks, they have functioned well for both sheep and goats for a lot of years. I end up taking my 270 for sheep and the 300 for goats. My son and daughter each have Rugers in stainless with synthetic stocks (these were not available when I bought mine). My daughter has the 270 and son the 300. This is not to say that you can't get a compromise between these two options that would fill the bill for both. I have relied on the Rugers because the built on scope mounts have no screws to work loose as can occur with most other makes; they also shoot very well and have been very reliable in all respects for many years. I have also relied on Leupold scopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    That is my plan except delete leupy and add Swaro Z3.
    And here I thought you were going to go with the Montana not the classic.

    For the $1K i paid for my Montana I am very happy with what I got for it. I call it my toy gun cause its so light. Only have had it a year so its only taken a moose, caribou, and a little deer, but so far so good. With a scope (Leupold VX III 2.5-8) and sling it is right at 6 pounds.

    But there are lots of great options out there. Find what fits ya and roll with it.

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    Mine's a Kimber Montana in .300wsm with a Leupold VX III 3.5-10. Just a hair over 7 lbs. with the sling. A buddy of mine just picked up a Browning s/s (can't remember the model, stainless steel stalker maybe) also chambered in .300wsm, a very tight shooting rifle, and a fair amount lighter than mine, although I don't know what it weighs.

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    Yes... sheep are easy to kill and it can be done with very small caliber guns!.....it's just those grizz I worry about on a sheep hunt!.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramhunter View Post
    Yes... sheep are easy to kill and it can be done with very small caliber guns!.....it's just those grizz I worry about on a sheep hunt!.....
    I wouldn't let bears determine you caliber choice too much. My Kimber is in .308 and while it isn't a huge caliber its still 2.5 times the power of the 44 mag I normally carry with my all summer for bear protection. Heck a 243 is nearly twice the power of that 44 in fact

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska_Lanche View Post
    I wouldn't let bears determine you caliber choice too much. My Kimber is in .308 and while it isn't a huge caliber its still 2.5 times the power of the 44 mag I normally carry with my all summer for bear protection. Heck a 243 is nearly twice the power of that 44 in fact
    Just curious, but can you explain that? Your .308 has 2.5X the power of a .44 mag?? Hmmm.

    I take my .30-06 sheep hunting. Light and will ventilate any brown bear that needs it. Depends on what part of the state you are hunting though.
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