Lightweight Hunting Rifles

nashlaw

Gunny Sergeant
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I have been moving from my heavy rifles to carbon fiber stocks and sporter barrels.

Have a couple Rem 600s (one in a McMillan Edge and a Model 7 in a Manners carbon fiber EH8. Have a couple other CF stocks waiting for actions and barrels.

So, if you have a light rifle, i woukd live to hear about it.
 

JFComfort

Las Vegas Long Range OG
Mar 19, 2009
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These two are some of the lightest rifles we've done at right around 6 lbs. The top rifle is a Pierce titanium receiver, Proof carbon fiber wrapped barrel chambered in .300 WM and Manners MCS-T Elite Hunter. The bottom is a Tikka T3 with Proof research carbon fiber wrapped barrel chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and Kiwi Composite carbon fiber stock.

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coldboremiracle

Freelance Sharpshooter
Jul 7, 2009
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These two are some of the lightest rifles we've done at right around 6 lbs. The top rifle is a Pierce titanium receiver, Proof carbon fiber wrapped barrel chambered in .300 WM and Manners MCS-T Elite Hunter. The bottom is a Tikka T3 with Proof research carbon fiber wrapped barrel chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor and Kiwi Composite carbon fiber stock.

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Thats some top tier shit right there!!
 
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Feb 21, 2017
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i went to like weight years ago my first was a rem model 7 260 when they first cam out shot over 40 deer with it shoots one hole groups, i retired it when kimber came out with the montana 300wsm, next was a kimber mt assent in 280ai, i just picked up a christianson ridge line in 300wm plus other light weight customs light weight is the only way to go. when you get old the lighter you like it cloths boots gear period.
 

mcfred

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Feb 17, 2011
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Barrett Fieldcraft? I've heard nothing bad about them and read lots of positive reviews. Tight twists and 3" mag length. Some short, some longer, some threaded, pretty damn affordable for an ultra light, backed by a good name in the arms industry.
https://barrett.net/firearms/fieldcraft/
24hourcampfire has a variety of threads RE: range reports and weights.
I'm interested in a Barrett, but I've already got a mag-fed Pierce Ti in 7mm WSM. It's nice, but I don't need much of an excuse to get another rifle.
 

Brentc

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Jun 17, 2011
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I'm getting excellent results with a Christensen Ridgeline 300 WM. I'm launching 215 Bergers at 2980 fps. I've shot groups as small as .25 MOA out to 330 yards.

The glass is a zeiss V6 3-18x50 in Hawkins hybrid rings. It weighs in at 9.5 lbs with a Harris bipod and three rounds in the mag. It is very packable and long range capable.
 
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scale

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Apr 18, 2018
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I'm getting excellent results with a Christensen Ridgeline 300 WM. I'm launching 215 Bergers at 2980 fps. I've shot groups as small as .25 MOA out to 330 yards.

The glass is a zeiss V6 3-18x50 in Hawkins hybrid rings. It weighs in at 9.5 lbs with a Harris bipod and three rounds in the mag. It is very packable and long range capable.
Brent, How do you like the glass and turrets on the Zeiss? I considered that scope before. How does the low light compare to ATACR 4-16 50?
 

BCX

Sergeant of the Hide
Mar 18, 2018
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Pat where is the famous Surgeon built 308 slayer that i followed w the 155 Scenar thread? You made me a believer w that bullet as i have 12 big game kills w that bullet.
 
Feb 14, 2017
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Mine came in right at 9.5# with scope.

Also the Montana Gun Slings are fantastic. Ended up with several this year after carrying this gun around central Oregon with one for 6 days.

Xtreme Titanium action
Proof Barrel
McMillan CF stock
30-06 Serengeti. 200g ELD-Xs at just under 2800FPS
 

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Thunderer

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Apr 11, 2018
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Figured it was time to build a light(ish) rifle for backpack hunting since all of my big caliber rifles are 13+lbs. Just ordered a .338 blank from Bartlein yesterday for a lightweight build. Light palma with fluting, 29" overall, 28" finish length for a 338 RUM. Ordering a carbon fiber Manners stock next week. Hoping it comes in around 6.5 lbs w/o optics.
 
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Oct 31, 2017
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I’m not the type of person to tell anyone what they can and can’t do. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, and it’s just my opinion. So take it for what it’s worth.

A sub 6 lb “long range” hunting rifle is almost an oxymoron, and isn’t exactly a recipe for consistent LR accuracy. If you want a sub 6 lb gun to shoot 500-600 yards (about all the farther I would recommend for that weight rifle), spend the money on quality optics and develop a consistent sub MOA load and learn how to shoot and read wind.

Any shooting over the 700ish yard mark and I’d aim for a rifle in the 7.25-8 lb base rifle weight. It’s that much easier to shoot.
 
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