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Lightweight setup?

G,day guys Thumbs up

Looking at a new lightweight setup(308W) for the scrub.

A while back I bought an older Sako L579 for this very reason.
But on doing research on what's available it seems my choices are limited on a ultralight weight stock(McMillan Edge,which I can get here in Oz,but not that model).
This is what I had planned=McMillan Edge stock,S/Steel Shilen 20" fluted barrel,Reblue all other parts,Sako Optilocks with a Leupold VX11 2-7 x33(wide reticle) sitting on top.

Have any of you boys had this trouble with stock fit?If so what do you suggest?

Okay the other options are a new rifle,which is always a great option.

Sako Finnlight verses Kimber Montana?
Of course with a VX11 2-7x33 or maybe even a VX111 2.5-8x36.But I do like the view better on the 2-7.

The other outsider that I have been considering for years now is the Blaser.
Just dont know about this straight pullback system.
I do like the idea of the bolt handle as a extra backup safety lug on my other rifles but I also luv how quick I can follow up with the Blaser(Like a Pump or lever).And being pretty conservative by nature I am wary of innovation for it's own sake.

What are your thoughts on this spaceage rifle?

Cheers,
Tez Big smile
http://www.blaser.de/english/index.html

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Lightweight setup?

Welcome to BigGameHunt
Well, I like the reviews on the Kimber Montana

Stock Fit !!! I'm a firm beleiver of glass bedding all stocks regardless of whether it's a new Weatherby or an old hand-me-down.

I can't see any major problems with a stock, especially if it is wood.

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LIGHTWEIGHT SETUP

I WOULD GO WITH A KIMBER MONTANA IN .308 OR 7-08;

OR A RUGER 77 ULTRALIGHT IN WALNUT OR A USED

ONE WITH THE SYNTHETIC STOCK.  THESE WOULD BE HARD

TO BEAT.

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Those Leupold 2-7X33 scopes

Those Leupold 2-7X33 scopes are plenty light weight and offer excellent optics.  Hunters today just put way too large of scopes on their rifles and you just don't need much bigger that the 2-7X33 sized scopes. 

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LEUPOLD SCOPES

HEY, WESTERNHUNTER, I VOTE WITH YOU, ALL MY RIFLES

HAVE A LEUPOLD VX-II 2-7X33 SCOPE AND I WOULDN'T

WANT ANYTHING ANY LARGER NOR MORE POWERFUL.

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I know what you mean madmax

I have a couple 3-9X40 Leupolds that I bought in the early and mid 1990's that I used to use for hunting, but I've now put those on a varmit rifle and the other on a target rifle, they work great for bench target shooting or stationary set-up on varmit.  But over time I've come to want the lower powered simpler scopes for biggame hunting and that's what I have on both of my biggame rifles.  About 5 years ago when trying to lighten my hunting rig I put a Leupold Rifleman 2-7X33 on my .270 Win and always leave it set at 5X power.  A lot of people have erroneously referred to the Rifleman as an "entery level", "low-end", or "beginners" scope, in fact nothing can be farther from the truth, it's actually the VX-I scope rebranded as the Rifleman.  About 10 years ago I put a Leupold 6X fixed power on my .30-06 Spgfld, not as light weight, but simpler than most scopes on the market today.  I've been very happy with both scopes in the field.