Lightweight Mountain Rifle Help

ceejay

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What is the Rokslide opinion of the Mark V Weathermark? Can be found for ~$1400. Caliber options are somewhat limited to the Weatherby specific options but is available in 6.5CM. Specs are 22inch barrel, 6.1lb.
 

Jrodanapolis

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I saw a couple recommendations for the Tikka Veil - almost identical to that is the Tikka Roughtech. It has a factory threaded barrel, fluted barrel and bolt, and is just over 6 lbs. I have one in 300WM and I love it so far.
The Veils look better, in my opinion, but the Roughtech was available right then and was a bit better price, if I remember correctly. Mine is in the tan spider web color and I think it's pretty cool looking.
The Leupold scopes are insanely light for what you get out of them, but I do love my Z5!
 
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I saw a couple recommendations for the Tikka Veil - almost identical to that is the Tikka Roughtech. It has a factory threaded barrel, fluted barrel and bolt, and is just over 6 lbs. I have one in 300WM and I love it so far.
The Veils look better, in my opinion, but the Roughtech was available right then and was a bit better price, if I remember correctly. Mine is in the tan spider web color and I think it's pretty cool looking.
The Leupold scopes are insanely light for what you get out of them, but I do love my Z3!
The main difference, aside from stocks, between the Roughtech and the Lite Veil is that the Roughtech has a blued barrel and the Lite Veil has a SS barrel. Up to the buyer to determine if that difference is worth the price difference. Both are good, IMO.
 

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Could someone link me to that semi-custom Tikka thread? Couldn't seem to find it easily, but would love to add a few nice touches to mine - both useful and cosmetic. Thanks!
 

Shadow0311

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Y’all running around with my dream rifles while I’m here running an old win model 88 with an ancient redfield scope. 675$ for the whole package and a box mag. Kinda heavy though so I carry a light pack when I go deep. Looking to upgrade in the next few years so this is a great thread
 

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Since you said wife, your answer is a 308. Anything more in that light of a rifle is going to be very unpleasant to shoot.
6.5 PRC would be a good compromise. That way you could rebarrel to another cartridege some day and have a magnum boltface without changing the bolt. LRI does make a Tikka bolt with some nice upgrades though. I would not buy a Tikka in 300WSM because the barrel twist is too slow. You can buy a blued T3X lite for $640 or a SS model for 800. The first thing I do is take off the factory recoil pad and put on an ”original” model Limbsaver (not the Airtech) for $40.
 

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Y’all running around with my dream rifles while I’m here running an old win model 88 with an ancient redfield scope. 675$ for the whole package and a box mag. Kinda heavy though so I carry a light pack when I go deep. Looking to upgrade in the next few years so this is a great thread

Nothing wrong with your rifle. It’s only been over the past couple of years that I’ve been able to buy new “nice” guns and while I have some good ones, I don’t have any customs or anything. I spent most of my life hunting with a blued plastic Remington 700 270 with a fixed 4x bushnell. I shot close to 20 elk with that gun over the years.
 

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Y’all running around with my dream rifles while I’m here running an old win model 88 with an ancient redfield scope. 675$ for the whole package and a box mag. Kinda heavy though so I carry a light pack when I go deep. Looking to upgrade in the next few years so this is a great thread

The only rifle I had for years was a sporterized 1918 .303 British SMLE...so your setup is pretty sweet compared to that!
 

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Nothing wrong with your rifle. It’s only been over the past couple of years that I’ve been able to buy new “nice” guns and while I have some good ones, I don’t have any customs or anything. I spent most of my life hunting with a blued plastic Remington 700 270 with a fixed 4x bushnell. I shot close to 20 elk with that gun over the years.
I love my rifle. It gets the job done. I will need a new scope as I dropped the rifle going over some slick rock after a 3 point Blacktail and broke the windage nob off the top of it. Probably gonna get a vortex razor. I really like the reticle and it’s at around 1k so it’s a start.
 
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Really appreciate all the input. If anyone is interested, I ended up ordering the APR Tomahawk in .300 wsm with a 22" barrel.

 
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You make a big hard turn from Tikka to APR but they are great build quality and love mine. I almost got the pre-tomahawk from them but ended up with the maverick light instead. I don’t think you will be disappointed.


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VinoVino

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Looks like a good rifle. Not sure I could handle a 300 WSM on a 5.5# rifle, but now I’m curious.
 

Norm555

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Did APR give you a timeline on how long it would take for the build?
 
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You make a big hard turn from Tikka to APR but they are great build quality and love mine. I almost got the pre-tomahawk from them but ended up with the maverick light instead. I don’t think you will be disappointed.


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Folding stock and not having to piece together a custom is what sold it for me. I'll probably end up with a few Tikkas eventually anyway.

Looks like a good rifle. Not sure I could handle a 300 WSM on a 5.5# rifle, but now I’m curious.
Looking at their Tomahawk builds on Instagram, it'll probably end up closer to 6#. Add on a suppressor and glass it shouldn't be too bad.

Did APR give you a timeline on how long it would take for the build?
Around 6 months.
 

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6.5 PRC would be a good compromise. That way you could rebarrel to another cartridege some day and have a magnum boltface without changing the bolt. LRI does make a Tikka bolt with some nice upgrades though. I would not buy a Tikka in 300WSM because the barrel twist is too slow. You can buy a blued T3X lite for $640 or a SS model for 800. The first thing I do is take off the factory recoil pad and put on an ”original” model Limbsaver (not the Airtech) for $40.

Too slow for what bullet? I've heard of many people shooting 200gr just fine. My Tikka '06 with an 11tw shot 200gr well.
 

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Too slow for what bullet? I've heard of many people shooting 200gr just fine. My Tikka '06 with an 11tw shot 200gr well.
To date, Sako and Tikka only make 1:11” twist barrels for the 300 WSM that I know of. Tikka changed the barrel twist from 11” to 10” on their 300 Win Mags this past summer. I bought one. Quite a few people who handload buy a 300 win mag or WSM to “pump up the volume” and play with seating depth to get range and accuracy for the heavies. A 10” twist is minimum to stabilize I believe. Hornady and Nosler both give the minimum recommended barrel twists in their bullet load data.

Be interesting to know what OP’s new Tomahawk has for a barrel twist...
 
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IdahoN8v

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I would get a CA Ridgeline. I have one and it is a shooter. Their muzzle brakes work great. My 300 PRC kicks about like a 12ga shotgun. I think they come in aroud 6.6 pounds.
 

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