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lightweight rifle

what is the lightest production rifle out there?  So far i have found a kimber at 5 1/2 lbs or a weatherby at 5 3/4.  does anyone know of anything lighter?  Also does anyone know or own a 270 wsm?  been kind of curious on the performance, compared to the plain old 270 and 270 weatherby mag.

 

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I don't understand this trend

I don't understand this trend toward using more powerfull cartridges and putting them in lighter and lighter rifles. I have a mod 70 Featherweight in 6.5x55 that weight's 6 1/2#. No problem carrying it any where. Sounds like your thinking 270m wsm. I've never shot one of them but I suspect that my 6.5x55 in a rifle as light as your talking about would start getting a bit rude.

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i am not looking at going any

i am not looking at going any lighter than these, just curious if there were any.  I am looking for something that tops out at no more than 6 1/2 pounds with scope sling and fully loaded.   I am thinking more 270 just for ammo availablility in small towns, but was just curious on the wsm for comparison sake.

my brother in law has an old model 70 featherweight like the one your talking about, in 30-06 that is a dream to pack around, so i have been looking for something comparable.

 

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I shoot a 270wsm in a Tikka.

I shoot a 270wsm in a Tikka. I love the rifle and the round but can't really say it's any better than a 270 Winchester. My son uses a regular 270 and they both put the animals down. So far I've taken 3 antelope with mine all with one shot using 130gr Nosler ballistic tips. they do shoot a bit flatter and the blast and recoil is definately more but nothing extreme. I just like to be different.

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The Remington 700 Ti came in

The Remington 700 Ti came in at around 6 lbs.  The Christensen Arms Carbon One, depending on configuration, can come in at 5.5 lbs.  A Remington model 7 will get pretty light as well, although I don't think that action is capable of the 270wsm (although I may be wrong).

The 270 wsm stands tall over the 270 win in terms of ballistics.  The 270wsm is capable of driving a 150gr bullet faster than a standard 7mm rem mag.  As Don set combining a light rifle with this cartridge will produce some recoil that will get your attention.

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light weight rifle

I just saw an ad for the savage lightweight hunter which says the short action weighs 5.5lbs and the long action 6 lbs.

 

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The best light weight rifle I

The best light weight rifle I ever had , my son has now! It is a mod 660 Rem in 308 and when I had it, it had a 2 3/4x scope on it and a 20" barrel. Don't remember what it weighed but it was great to carry. My feather weight is great for carrying too and I suspect the new 788 will be also. Other than the long action Featherweight, I think having a short action along with the shorter barrel is what makes them lighter and more handy. I wouldn't get much af anything on a longer action than the short action or on a caqse bigger than a 308 case. I read where someone bought or some company was selling something like a 30-378 in a light weight rifle with an 18" barrel! That would make no scence to me. Ifg you get caught in the dark you wouldn't need a flashlight, just fire off a round now and again!

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light weight rifles

One thing about light weight rifles is that they will have light contoured barrels, this contributes to the less weight.  Like anything else in life, it's a compromise.  Light barrels on light rifles are great to carry in the field, but they can take a bit more patience when sighting in or shooting for practice at a range.  That light barrel heats up very quickly and it takes a bit more time between shots to prevent it from overheating.  When these things over heat you end up chasing groups all over the target, so keep that barrel cool enough that you can touch it with bare skin comfortably.  I have worked my reloads to use a slow burning powder that gives me the velocity and accuracy I need, this help greatly in keeping the barrel from heating up too quickly at the range. 

On the other hand, once sighted-in, they are accurate for hunting since when hunting biggame you should only need one shot anyway, two at most.  Generally that first shot on game is from a cold barrel anyway.  So this is why I have no problem with light rifles for hunting in the field.  One shot, one kill and ease of carry.

Now, if target shooting, varmit shooting, or sniping is your thing, then I'd highly recommend going with a heavy barrel.  But most of the general public has no need for sniping, unless you are armchair.

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Light

I own an older, original M700 Titanium rifle in .270 and it was rated at 5.5 pounds (newer version is slightly heavier). I like the feel of the rifle and it is noticably lighter than either my M70 F/W in '06 or 7/08, while also having a heavier scope (3-9x40 Zeiss) mounted on top. I also own a .270 WSM, but as of now have only killed paper with it. It's in a Model Seven Limited Edition platform called the Whitetail and has a 22" fluted barrel and laminate stock of the same design as the Rem 673 had. A very nice rifle, with recoil that's not at all bothersome to me. However, the overall weight is at least a pound or two more than the 700 Titanium. As already mentioned, there are no free rides and an ultra-light rifle in a heavy cartridge will recoil sharply. Yes

The Model Seven Whitetail in .270WSM is the bottom rifle in the picture with two and the 700 Titanium shown with Zeiss scope is very lightweight!

 

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The original 700 Ti is a nice

The original 700 Ti is a nice gun, don't see them very often.

Another options is Savage's new lightweight hunter, which they are claiming a 5.5 lb weight in a short action.

http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/11LH

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the 270wsm is an excellent

the 270wsm is an excellent cartridge.   combine with  140gr accubonds.  I have been very happy with this set up.  This combo just flat out works. 

 

As guys are packing in farther and going harder on mountain hunts.  The weight of the rifle becomes important.  If all  you do is day hunt, than the weight of the rifle is not that big of a deal. But if you are climbing big mountains for days on end.  You do want a rifle that is not super big or heavy. 

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