The quest for a lighter rifle

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    I haven't caught up on all of the other posts in this thread, so forgive me if this one has already been put out there, but I highly recommened a new Tikka T3 Lite Stainless over any of the rebarreling/recontouring options. It's too inexpensive of an option to even fuss with the risk of ruining a perfectly good barrel. The gun shoots lights out an its light weight is THE #1 feature that made it the go-to gun for my recent mule deer hunt. I hiked with that sucker 30+ miles in the mountains over three days and never thought about it again until it was time to shoot. This gun is an absolutely excellent long haul carry option. Not as sexy and an uberlight custom rig, but worth every penny and is accurate to boot.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    That's what we keep trying to tell the boy, but he wants to be difficult.
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  • alphasigmookiealphasigmookie Senior Member Posts: 8,743 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    I haven't caught up on all of the other posts in this thread, so forgive me if this one has already been put out there, but I highly recommened a new Tikka T3 Lite Stainless over any of the rebarreling/recontouring options. It's too inexpensive of an option to even fuss with the risk of ruining a perfectly good barrel. The gun shoots lights out an its light weight is THE #1 feature that made it the go-to gun for my recent mule deer hunt. I hiked with that sucker 30+ miles in the mountains over three days and never thought about it again until it was time to shoot. This gun is an absolutely excellent long haul carry option. Not as sexy and an uberlight custom rig, but worth every penny and is accurate to boot.

    To stir the pot here's one in .300 WSM for $670 with free shipping. With FFL fee ~$700 otd.

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_445/products_id/80580/Tikka+300wsm+T3+Lite+SS

    If you don't care about stainless even cheaper at $556

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_445/products_id/80568/Tikka+3+%2B+1+300+Winchester+Short+Magnum+wBlue+Barrel+%26+Blac

    (have to sign up to get quotes) Other calibers available too
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,768 Senior Member
    6/Alpha/Z/Gene -

    I just flat don't like Tikka rifles. I especially dislike Tikka rifles in WSM chamberings. They're not true short action mags, they're standard mags with a bolt stop added at 2.9". Makes the whole point of the shorter, stiffer, and whatever other voodoo the gunwriters talk about, become an extremely moot point. I have no problems (other then the WSM one) with em, they just don't turn my crank. Life is too short to hunt with a rifle I just can't warm up to.

    Gene - what I'm basically doing is more or less re-creating that Weatherby Ultralight, just with a M70 I already own. I'm tired of BUYING guns to hunt with, I want to finally BUILD some of the projects that have been running through my head all these years. I like M70's, so that is what I'm going to use. The groin pulling has more then anything, been about WHICH M70 to use that I already own, and how to go about it or possibly selling everything and starting with another M70/M70 clone and building from there. Got that figured out now, though :)
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Once again, please refrain from cutting short any baseless totally emotional arguments with facts. It leads to boring, completely objective conversations well beyond the comprehension ability of many.
  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 844 Senior Member
    MHS, I've only had experience with two brands of factory dedicated light rifles, one a MK V Weatherby Ultralight and the others The 85 Sako Finn light
    I still have the Sako Finn's.
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
  • rapier5316rapier5316 Member Posts: 312 Member
    How about a 358 STA??????
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,768 Senior Member
    OJR - what was the Mk V?

    Rapier - trying to unload that monster? lol That is one ultralight that could actually use a pound ADDED to it. Even with the good brake that thing is vicious
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Once again, please refrain from cutting short any baseless totally emotional arguments with facts. It leads to boring, completely objective conversations well beyond the comprehension ability of many.
  • ojrojr Senior Member Posts: 844 Senior Member
    280 Remington. nice rifle, shot straight, just quality of build wasn't the best. Had to be returned to shop to get action sorted as one mount screw hole wasn't drilled right and the back mount kept coming loose, was blaming the Bushnell Elite 4200 for a while, and twice the front sling swivel stud came out whist carrying it, epoxed a nut in the barrel channel to keep it in had no more trouble after that but by then was unhappy with it so sold it on
    pity, cost 300nzd more over here than the Finn lights at the time to.
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    Rapier - trying to unload that monster? lol That is one ultralight that could actually use a pound ADDED to it. Even with the good brake that thing is vicious

    A pound? That Beast needs a carriage and a caisson! If Keith could put a turret and tracks on his mercedes......he'd have his own home-built Panther tank!

    So when are you gonna forego this conventional balliwicking and just get you a "plasma rifle in 40 watt range"!? :tooth:
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
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