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Looking for Input on Lightweight 300 WIN MAG

I want to buy Lightweight 300 WIN MAG, Budget under $2,000. Can I get some input. I haven't handled any but will start looking next week. My total budget is $4,000-$5,000 so I assume I would be better spending the remainder on better optics than a more cost rifle. Thanks.

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huh?

What is lightweight to you?  5 lbs, 6lbs, 7lbs?

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Under 7 pounds!

Under 7 pounds!

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I never thought lightweight

I never thought lightweight and mag go well together.

With your budget. You can buy any gun you'd like. I'd go to a well stocked gun shop, and see which one feels good when you shoulder it. To me, the gun fit is the most important part of buying a gun. Providing it has a good rep for being a straight shooter and reliable.

Asking the question on a forum will get you tons of different opinions. Mostly the gun they own. Do some research, and read reviews. Then go handle the gun.

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I'd actually build my own

For 4-5K, I'd probably start with a stainless Montana or Kimber action, put it in a McMillan Edge  (for the Montana, stay with the Kimber stock if going Kimber)stock, or maybe Manners (either way, if you're going lightweight, keep that stock under 30 ozs), probably go short action instead of long and use the 300 WSM instead of 300 Win Mag to shave a few ounces, prob go with a an ultra light barrel(keep the diameter under .600), or at least one as light and/or as short as necessary to hit my target weight.  

For additional weight savings, but higher cost, consider something like the Borden Alpine or Timberline actions.  They are push feed, but with Sako type extractors ( better than the standard M700 clones), but could save more weight over the typical controlled round feed actions.

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Or, save a bunch of money and

Or, save a bunch of money and look at a Tikka T3 stainless in 300mag. 6.38 lbs and a little over $600. Very accurate with basically a Sako barrel, and super smooth acction. It will kick like a mule though, because of the light weight.

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Lightweight

lightweight and 300 win mag isn't a good combination, try to find one that you can shoot, before you go buy a lite one. or you will regret it. jmo

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Remington blueprint

Remington ADL action, Douglas .358 #3 contour, B&C Alaskan Hunter (the lightweight stock Remington uses for their Ti guns, weighs about 26 ozs), Shilen trigger, .358 Norma Mag reamer rental, Talley Lightweights, spare scope: $1,500 roughly, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces with a run of the mill 3-9x40 scope and kicked like a mule.  Would have done it in stainless steel if I did it over again.

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300 Mag

WantaTrophyElk wrote:

I want to buy Lightweight 300 WIN MAG, Budget under $2,000. Can I get some input. I haven't handled any but will start looking next week. My total budget is $4,000-$5,000 so I assume I would be better spending the remainder on better optics than a more cost rifle. Thanks.

If you don't want to go to all the troubles the Exbiologist likes to go through to build your own custom rifle check out Christensen Arms.  They will put one together for you. 

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My son-in-law has a 300 wsm

My son-in-law has a 300 wsm at 8lbs that I have shot 3 times. If that was all I had to shoot I would go back to a stick and string, that thing needs to be at least 10lbs IMO. My feather weight 30-06 just has a small buck compared to the smack it gives.

Have fun searching.

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If i had that to spend on a

If i had that to spend on a rifle i would go with a Christensen Arms 

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