I just saw this advertised:
Basically, it is a .308 bolt action carbine, 16.5" bbl, 7 lbs, scope mount forward of the receiver, takes 5 or 10 round Accuracy Int'l detachable magazines ($70 each!), MSRP $1K.
My hunting experience is limited, but this is how I size it up....
- .308 win: Good all-around cartridge for anything except big bears, and light for moose. Still, it is a popular round for good reason and Outside of Alaska it is probably good for just about any animal you'd hunt in the lower 48.
- Bolt Action: Good for rough outdoors use.
- 7 lbs: My browning xbolt is 6.5 lbs and I really appreciate having that lighter rifle on long trips with lots of walking. Good.
- Price: With MSRP $1K I expect these to be coming in around $700 retail. That's not out of the ballpark for a decent bolt action rifle.
"Scout" style scope mount: As I understand it, the purpose of the long eye relief scope mount is to improve peripheral vision and allow faster target acquisition. This to me implies shorter range shots in heavier brush, which would make me really want to lean towards a lever action rifle.
Magazines: For a hunting rifle I want a mag that sits flush with the bottom of the rifle for easier carrying. I also don't love detachable magazines (one more thing to break or lose), but I am more tolerant of ones like my Xbolt's rotary magazine which are small and not too expensive. These are also bulky and expensive. Blah.
I'm just not sure what role these rifles are supposed to fill. If I want a gun where I expect to take 200-300 yard shots, I want a traditional scope. If I want a gun where I expect to take close range shots at game in brush then I probably want a lever gun (and maybe a different cartridge). If I want a gun for self-defense then I don't want a bolt action. In the role of an "all around" hunting rifle for the person who can only have one gun, I don't think those magazines make sense.
Any opinions? This rifle seems interesting at first but the more I think about it, the less likely I am to be able to think of a case when I would bring it out of the safe for an actual trip.