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#798007 - 06/26/08 09:06 PM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: Buckblaster]
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Registered: 08/09/05
Posts: 1338
Loc: tenn.


7-08 model 7

#798463 - 06/27/08 07:35 AM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: XMAN]
10 Point

Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 3543
Loc: Knoxville

You didnt list the Kimber on your list, but it is the lightest factory gun available. Mine weighs 5lb 13 ounces with a Leupy 2-7 and rings.
So many smallmouth, so little time.

#798753 - 06/27/08 10:37 AM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: Kimberman]
.444 Marlin
16 Point

Registered: 08/10/02
Posts: 15458
Loc: Benton, Polk Co. Tenn.

The ruger compact is the lightest out of the guns you listed but the 16" barrel kills velocity which isnt really a bad thing but if you are like me and hunt west tn alot every year, you want somethin with a decent length barrel so you can keep the higher velocities for the longer shots.
Spike bucks come with their own meat skewers.

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#798942 - 06/27/08 12:46 PM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: .444 Marlin]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

Nothing but good things to say about the m700 mountain rifle. Shop around for a late '90's pre j-lock model.

That being said, I bought a used 700 titanium with the j-lock last year. Replaced the bolt shroud and first 5 shot group for load workup ended up right at .5" at 100 yards. That gun is around 5 1/4 lbs naked.

#799308 - 06/27/08 04:25 PM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: megalomaniac]
10 Point

Registered: 12/07/02
Posts: 3255
Loc: Michie, TN

I would seriously take a look a the Stevens 7-08. Weighs only 6.5 pounds and you know how accurate Savage rifles are. It would be a very light and accurate carrying rifle.
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

#799674 - 06/27/08 09:35 PM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: statelineRUT]
TnDeer Old Timer
14 Point

Registered: 08/29/99
Posts: 7576
Loc: Powell Tn

I have one of the Mtn Guide rifles and its pretty sweet. On the cheap you come out just a few ounces lighter than a Rem 700 Titanium. Will post a pic of it when my stock comes back in from getting painted. Gonna have the Leupold that sits on it sent off for an M1 elevation turret, so far its a great little rifle.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." --Benjamin Franklin

#801969 - 06/29/08 10:57 PM Re: Compact/lightweight deer rifles [Re: UPSman]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3619
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

You guys all have some great suggestions, but there's just something about the Ruger that really gets me. I think I'll like it.
It's not rocket surgery, for crying outside!

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