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Offline lewy

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2020, 01:45:39 PM »
I shoot a light weight 300 without a break no issues :twocents:
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #31 on: April 06, 2020, 02:01:11 PM »
I have Tikka T3X in 300WM love it alot, had Sendero SF2 before and got so tired of hauling that thing, sold, and bought Tikka. I would say its better to carry something lighter when you hunt and get a little more punch in your shoulder when you shoot then carry something heavy and who knows when you'll pull the trigger. Even the kick is not that big of a diff. Go with Tikka.Good luck.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2020, 02:12:36 PM »
So Iím looking at a new rifle, really thinking about a 300 win mag and from anyone with experience on it, is a light rifle really a good idea in 300 win mag? I was looking at the tikka superlite but I like to shoot a lot and I found a Remington long range that seems more of what Iíd need. Weight difference is 2lbs. For hiking up and over the mountains I feel the tikka would be nice but at the same time does the 2lbs make recoil a PITA while practicing at the range? And I have a good 20lbs Iím trying to lose but yeah. Iíd like for by fall or next spring to be at my goal weight and have a great rifle for chasing bears or whatever else. Goal is to go for a hunt in Alaska for moose next year and I donít think a guide would appreciate me showing up with my 30-30 haha


And I know the tikka has a mag that only allows factory rounds to be loaded but seeing that it produced .5 moa for guys with factory Hornady Iím fine with that. I donít play with seating depth anyways when I reload.


I bet your guide would rather have you show up with a 30/30 that you are extremely proficient with then a 300WM that you suck with because you donít enjoy shooting because of the recoil. Lots of people do well with magnums, I bet more donít. Itís all about what your realistic needs are. Shooting a light rifle well is different then shooting a heavier rifle, lots of people struggle with lightweights because they seem to highlight deficiencies in form more. Iíve killed stuff with magnums and none of them would have been any less dead if it had been the 270, 7mm/08 etc. Iíve owned multiple Kimbers the first owners all claimed had issues, they didnít, theyíre just a little trickier to shoot well. Itís your money, but placement trumps headstamp every time.
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2020, 02:48:15 PM »
There are several 300 rifles in classified for sale. There is always 300s for sale.

There is a reason for that.  Just sayin. :sry:
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Packin a big magnum on your shoulder doesnt mean youre packin a big magnum in your pants.   :sry:  :chuckle:
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2020, 02:51:06 PM »
I had a 300 Win, M70 Extreme Weather before. Shot well, but didn't enjoy shooting it. Got rid of it.

Why not just a T3x 30-06?

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2020, 02:58:33 PM »
Son took a moose at 15 with his 325WSM.  Nice beautiful x-bolt rifle, very light easy to carry.   Kicks soooo much harder than my braked 338 Lapua or his braked 338-378 that its not fun to shoot at all. 

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2020, 03:32:36 PM »
I've went full circle, raised on my Dad's Pre'64 Featherweight .270 actually not a Featherweight by today's standards... then about everything out there it seems like... Rifles Inc Strata 4 1/2 lb 7STW with brake could punch 1 hole three shot groups off the bench if allowed to cool between 2nd and 3rd shot, the problem was shooting off hand-real whitetail hunting I couldn't hit anything with it-too light, Melvin Forbes ULA was the most balanced of the Lightweights that I shot, but now days my lightest is a Cooper Back Country. I now mainly shoot rifles in the 9 lb range, packing isn't the only thing to consider, sometimes opportunity arises and you don't have a rest, yet if practiced, can be a very ethical shot if you can hold your gun steady! :)
One of my favorites now days is a Remington 700KS with safety that locks bolt(older model) in .300 Weatherby with Leupold 4.5x14x40..... handles nicely and kills with authority, and doesn't weigh a ton....

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2020, 03:56:33 PM »
I have two Sako Finlights, one in 300 WM, and the other in 7mm mag. Love these rifles.
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #38 on: April 06, 2020, 04:41:42 PM »
The 1-4 # difference is not a damn thing if you canít pack yourself / gear in! If youíre so worried about a couple pounds in a hunting situation- you better shoot the smallest buck you see period , cuz if that couple # is a big deal youíre screwed haha. Just get comfortable with what you shoot and get confident and youíre good.
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #39 on: April 06, 2020, 04:50:02 PM »
The 1-4 # difference is not a damn thing if you canít pack yourself / gear in! If youíre so worried about a couple pounds in a hunting situation- you better shoot the smallest buck you see period , cuz if that couple # is a big deal youíre screwed haha. Just get comfortable with what you shoot and get confident and youíre good.

If I had that attitude with all my gear I could needlessly be packing an extra 30lbs into the backcountry. It adds up quick and does make a difference.

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #40 on: April 06, 2020, 05:02:55 PM »
There are several 300 rifles in classified for sale. There is always 300s for sale.

There is a reason for that.  Just sayin. :sry:

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #41 on: April 06, 2020, 05:14:20 PM »
The 1-4 # difference is not a damn thing if you canít pack yourself / gear in! If youíre so worried about a couple pounds in a hunting situation- you better shoot the smallest buck you see period , cuz if that couple # is a big deal youíre screwed haha. Just get comfortable with what you shoot and get confident and youíre good.

If I had that attitude with all my gear I could needlessly be packing an extra 30lbs into the backcountry. It adds up quick and does make a difference.

Oh I get it donít get me wrong. I pack in and hike in pretty deep. I understand all the other gear issues - I was just responding to the rifle question.
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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #42 on: April 06, 2020, 05:32:04 PM »
I'm all about hunting with light rifles in calibers that don't punish me. So, for the 308 on down, the lighter the better.  Above that, I like weight! I admit I'm a recoil wimp so why punish myself on the bench when I'm working up a load.  I'm also not a fan of muzzle breaks because of the noise.  In the thickets of Western Washington I've seldom had time to stop, put on the earmuffs, then shoot.  It's more like "Antlers-BANG!".

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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2020, 06:57:12 PM »
There are several 300 rifles in classified for sale. There is always 300s for sale.

There is a reason for that.  Just sayin. :sry:
Whatís wrong with the 300? Serious question


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Re: Do I really want a light rifle?
« Reply #44 on: April 06, 2020, 07:01:27 PM »
There are several 300 rifles in classified for sale. There is always 300s for sale.

There is a reason for that.  Just sayin. :sry:
Whatís wrong with the 300? Serious question

Not a darn thing.

My point is a lot of guys buy them and sell them. Because they canít take the recoil or get tired of it.
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