I love my 6.5 Creedmoor, but it’s quite heavy. It’s a Masterpiece Arms with a giant barrel and a Vortex Razor HD. Shooting inside 500 yards is boring with this sucker it’s such a good shooter. But it’s a pain to lug around.
I want to build a lighter bolt action rifle for shooting competitions and was curious as to what all of y’all have.
Time to brag! Show me what your lightweight bolt action rifle is like!
It’s not QUITE what the Colonel, had in mind, butit works for me. CZ 527M with custom stock, bedded, pillared, reinforced AK style pistol grip, spare 5 round magazine holder in butt, and custom ten round magazine as primary. That one is loaded with homecast NOE 129gr bullets handloaded with AA# 1680 powder. No scope, but the stock rear sight was replaced with a folding Marbles by the same genius gunsmith who built the stock. .
I use my Ruger 77 In 357 Magnum like a Scout rifle.
It is a bolt gun that weighs 5.5 pounds.Stainless steel with a polymer stock. I use a low power scope but usually the iron sights that it came with it. Great for the brush country around me.
I went in a bit different direction. Tikka T3 lite, swapping the stock with a tikka CTR stock ( this keeps a light barrel with a cheek rest and a 10 round magazine) topped with a leupold HOG scope. That scope has a hold over reticle. The 1-4 power follows the patrol rifle idea.
It’s not the typical “scout” rifle but it works IMO. That being a 1917 Enfield my Dad passed on to me. Somewhere along the line someone sporterized it and to be honest its very nice to tote through the woods. No optics but the 1917 sights in my opinion are awesome and this rifle is dead nuts accurate.
Don’t have what Jeff Copper would consider a “Scout” rifle, but my deer rifle is a .260 Rem Savage M11 Sporter weight with 3-9x40mm Nikon Prostaff and that comes out at 7-1/2 lbs total.
“Inside 500 yards” is not boring for me because where I hunt I may only see from 0 to 60 yards, and have three seconds between part of deer seen and no deer seen anymore to make the decision to shoot. Thick cover, wary deer. I’ve killed 47 whitetail and the furthest was 120 yards.
I’m still working on 5 shots with the 143 gr ELD-x under 1" at 100 yards. So far I get four in 1" and then 1-1/2" with the 5th … . repeatedly. Which ain’t bad.
My M39 (Finnish Sako barrelled Mosin-Nagant (octagonal rec.)) has been hunting a couple times. As far as issue military rifles it is pretty good in the woods for deer.
My Scout type rifle is an older Remington model 7 with walnut stock, open sights and 18.5" barrel. With the Leupold 2x7 scope it weighs 7.5 pounds. Chambered in 7-08. Its a deer killing dude. And with the scope on 2 power when raised to the eye its is instant focus on target. I have looked through the scout scope set up and decided I really didn’t like it.
This little model 7 is east to carry and fast to shoulder and has all the accuracy I will ever need.
This is my first post here. I came here because of the stupidity of youtube removing gun videos.