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    For all of you folks who own or plan to own a light weight mountain rifle.....what would you consider to be the ultimate Alaskan mountain rifle cartridge? Out of the short action cartridges out there i was considering a kimber chambered in 338 federal, 308 win., or 325 wsm. for my all around mountain rifle. I'm open to other calibers as well.
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    Originally posted by mainer_in_ak View Post
    For all of you folks who own or plan to own a light weight mountain rifle.....what would you consider to be the ultimate Alaskan mountain rifle cartridge? Out of the short action cartridges out there i was considering a kimber chambered in 338 federal, 308 win., or 325 wsm. for my all around mountain rifle. I'm open to other calibers as well.

    I have a Kimber 84 in 338 Fed. It would be a good one for mountain hunting.

    But, if distance is on the menue, I'm not sure how you could beat the 270 WSM. Opps, I just heard Beartooth in my mind say 257 Weatherby. (But thats in a long action)

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    • #3
      I've used the .308 for a long time with good results. In the newer cartridges I've recently gotten a .300WSM and like it a lot. I think either that or the .270WSM make excellent mountain cartridges for a short action rifle.
      "I do not deal in hypotheticals. The world, as it is, is vexing enough..." Col. Stonehill, True Grit

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      • #4
        Mine is a semi-custom 7mm wsm.

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        • #5
          I have both a 270wsm and a 325wsm. I take the 270 for sheep and the 325 for goat or anywhere where I think I may get into bear trouble. They both have excellent trajectory but the 270 is more fun to shoot and more comfortable to shoot prone, especially prone with one leg cocked around a bolder 1/2 on your left shoulder with an elbow and your toes keeping you from rolling down a cliff while trying to hold steady on a full curl ram... or in my case a ground squirrel cause they are tasty to add to top ramen and my sheep season last year was a bust...<grin>

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          • #6
            I guess I'm a little more old school than a lot of guys. I've never jumped on the short magnum bandwagon. I'll take the plain old 270 Win. for my mtn. rifle.
            We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
            James Madison

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            • #7
              Well I do not own a mountain rifle I have been giving it some thought. Being lazy I want a rifle I hike up hills with to be as light as posible.

              I would think a single shot 260 Rem at about 5 lbs of weight would be good. In a 24" barrel it would still be much shorter then a bolt gun with a 22" barrel and not lose any velocity. Pushing a 120gr bullet at 2950 fps or a 140 at 2700 it would produce about the same recoil as a 8 lb 30-06. Sadly I do not know of anyone making such a rifle.

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              • #8
                old one.....

                It would be a pre-64 Mod. 70 Featherweight in caliber 30-06 with a 2.5x8 Leupold. How is that for being hi-tech?

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                • #9
                  Tough choice...

                  Right now my go to mountain rifle is my Kimber Montana in 325 wsm shooting a 200 gr accubond at 2900+ fps, last year I dumped a nice mulie buck at 416yds. This rifle shoots better than I can. Next year I will have a 5 lb custom 300 win mag built on a remington 700. I found it used at my local gun shop, I wonder if the previous owner got rid of it because of recoil
                  LIVE TO HUNT....HUNT TO LIVE!!!!

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                  • #10
                    For many years

                    I have been using a stainless w composite mod. 70 in 270 win. but I recently bought a new mod 70 Featherweight in 30-06 that I'm going to train to do everything. The last few tmee I went out for coyotes I took the 270 because I didn't want to scratch my new rifle up but I'll get over that soon. It has such sweet walnut w checkering but I'll be using it for bears, sheep, moose and deer after I get over this issue.
                    If anything is going to happen, it'll happen out there.

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                    • #11
                      30-06 is my favorite mountain rifle cartridge.
                      A GUN WRITER NEEDS:
                      THE MIND OF A SCHOLAR
                      THE HEART OF A CHILD
                      THE HIDE OF A RHINOCEROS

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                      • #12
                        I think I may already have one. I have a Tikka T3 Lite in .30-06. Everyone who hefts it says, "Hey, nice sheep gun".
                        Now what ?

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                        • #13
                          narrowed it down to 3

                          I don't have the rifle yet, but will as soon as I can decide which one. I have it narrowed down to 3:

                          Weatherby Mk V Ultra Lightweight in .280 Rem
                          Tikka T3 Lite in .270 WSM
                          Kimber Montana in .308 Win

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                          • #14
                            Just a suggestion but, I would also look at the 338 Win Mag. But saying that I'm having a 338Fed built up, so that's also a great choice. Had a 300WSM, not a 325. Hmmm good but......
                            308Win is always a winner IMO, especially if you can load 180's(TSX's) at the right speed, perfect & a very simple little thumper without all the fuss!

                            ATM I always reach for my 338WM

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                            • #15
                              I'm seeing alot of good cartridge preferences here on this thread. I'd probably choose the 300 WSM over the 325 and I fogot to mention the 300 WSM on my original post. Here is why: The 8mm really has no advantage over the 30 caliber. The bullet selection is better for the 30 caliber, bullets of equal weight and make....the 30 caliber ones are longer with a better BC and sectional density. The largest 8mm bullet bullet is usually a 220 grain......same as the 30 caliber. I've definitely settled for the Kimber Montana. I'm just torn between the 338 Fed., 308, and 300 WSM. I'd probably lean towards the 338 Federal because the darn thing weighs five pounds and my wife already has a nice .308 browning micro bolt. The 300 WSM weighs about 1.5lbs. more. The 84M was a major consideration to compensate for my heavy scope. My Burris XTR weighs 26 ounces, so even with that scope the overall weight with the scope would be around 6.5lbs. That's not a bad weight for a rifle wearing a 30mm tubed, full sized scope.
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