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  1. #11
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    If deer, antelope and maybe sheep are on the menu, and you want a light rifle, I personally see nothing finer than a good .270 Winchester. It can be built light, typically shoots flat and very well and kills stuff right now.

    Here's my lightweight rifle pick in that cartridge - a custom Rifle's Inc. Lightweight Strata that weighs just 5 pounds 12 ounces with Talley Lightweight Mounts and a Leupold VX-III 2.5-8 scope.

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    Looks like that Griz has a wee bit of an underbite.

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    Timberline, like always, wins again. But at $2600 plus a supplied action, victory didn't come cheap. Got any additional pictures or your eloquent descriptions of the "lightening" work?

    http://www.riflesinc.com/index.cfm?f...le_lightstrata

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    Real sweet rifle Timberline! The 30-06 AI because elk will probably be in the mix. Im looking for the most versatility out of the rifle. I think that even the big bears can be managed with the right load and good shot placement. Years ago I worked at a now infamous gun shop in Tacoma called Bullseye Shooter Supply,they had one of their rifles fall into the arms of the DC sniper. While I was there a lady came in looking for a stainless rifle to hunt in what she said would be wet conditions. I assumed she meant Blacktail deer and elk here on the coast of Washington. She took it to Alaska and shot a real nice Grizzly with it. The next year she went back and repeated the same hunt with same result. The 06 can kill anything in North America with good loads and good shot placement....and a little more so in the improved version.
    Last edited by GlennGTR; 10-13-2009 at 09:12 PM.

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    I have a number of "mountain rifles" and like them to weigh around 7 lbs. all up or a bit more. One "can" spend a bundle on such a "shootin' iron", OR, you can make your own and save a lot of bux.

    Due, I am informed, to ever-tighter Euro. gun "control" as the twin evils of socialism and Islamofascism grow ever stronger, there is now a virtual flood of fine little Husqvarna HVA smallring CRF rifles entering North America. This is the lightest production CRF action I know of, superbly made and finished of the finest Swedish steel and they are CHEAP.

    Buy one, I much prefer the steel bottom metal versions, install a Timney or tune the factory trigger and put a GOOD synthetic on it, I suggest an "Edge" from McMillan and I have one in a Brown Kevlar, which shoots far better than I can......

    I use the simple, steel Weaver Grand Slam bases, opened to 8/40 and "JBed" to the receiver, but, there are LOTS of choices in mounts.

    Have it re-barreled to .270W or .280R., with a slender 22-23" tube and put a Decelerator on it and load 150 or 160 NPs at roughly 2850. This will kill ANYTHING in North America and is not hard to shoot well or carry all day in steep country.

    Such a rifle can come in at around 7 lbs., scoped with a Leupy and will not be nearly as costly as some of the custom stuff. There are other options, a Brno 21 action, IF, you can find one, but, the HVAs make superb "mountain rifles" and are available at good prices.

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    All true but there is always the yearning or dream of a full custom rifle built to your specifications. Its nice to know that you have one of the best sitting in that gun safe ,also. Not something you can purchase with little forethought but think, dream, and plan for. The thread title isnt the most reasonably priced mountain rifle but the Ultimate mountain rifle.

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    I have those as well, some of mine are on P-64-Mod. 70 actions and I have a Brno 21/22 action, Kreiger bbl., Satterlee safety, Recknagel sights and trigger and am just saving for Ralf Martini to build me my "ultimate" custom rifle......just like the several others that were my "ultimate" etc. when THEY were planned and built.

    The HVA build I suggest is simply a fine working "mountain rifle" at a cost that most working people can afford and it is a "full" custom piece, simply one made more for utility purposes than for scratching the never-ending itch that we "gunaholics" know only too well........

    Then, there is the CRF " Rambling Rifle" that our good host, Patrick, told me that Kifaru could build for me a few years ago, but, these fascinating guns never came back into production and few will sell theirs. I certainly would rate a RR in .280R as an "ultimate mountain rifle", based on it's custom status, utility and weight, so, them's my thoughts, for what small value they might have.

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    I remember when the Rambling rifle was available, it was my introduction to Kifaru. I was looking for ultra light weight rifles and a article came up on the rifle. Little did I know a few years later that Kifaru would have this web site and that I would be hanging out on the net with you guys. More and more I find myself less prone to wander to other sites due to the quality of people that hang their hat here. I have read things on other sites that have churned my stomach acid if not just making me down right mad. Again a higher caliber of folks here than anywhere else. I come here often to ask questions and use it as a sounding board for my own thoughts. All of your input is valued and often put to good use. I would deny the fact that I am a gunaholic but denial is the first sign of and addiction.

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    What is the easiest way to buy one of those Husky CRF small actions? I would like to build a .260 or 6.5mm and perhaps a .308. TIA

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    I guarantee you won't be disappointed with a Rifles Inc. rifle. I have the Classic and it is an amazing rifle. Mine is a 6.5X55 and over the weekend it did the deed on a 5x5 bull at 198 yds. Lex Webernick is a master. Malcolm Forbes is no slouch either from what I've read. Either way, you'll get an incredible rifle!

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