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blank4u47
07-06-2012, 8:17 AM
I want to get back into Hunting, its been years since I have gone. I have a Remington 700 SPS tactical its an awsome gun but I think its too heavy I am looking for a gun around the same quailty I dont want a bench rest gun. I hope this is the right forum to post on. I will proably end up selling the remington or make a good trade. More info on my Remington if anything is interested

Remington 700 SPS tactical black stock, Harris Bi pod, Redfield scope has around 200 rounds through it.

newglockster
07-06-2012, 8:39 AM
If it were me, I would probably just use the rifle that you already have. Having to buy a rifle, scope, and target ammo is not worth saving a couple pounds. Unless you just want a new gun. :D
Also, the rifle that you already have, you probably know very well and wouldn't have to learn a new gun. YMMV

Sheepdog1968
07-06-2012, 8:48 AM
Ruger has some lighter rifles.

doublebuck
07-06-2012, 8:50 AM
i agree, just use that gun. I have an Sendero SF II and that's all i use.

blank4u47
07-06-2012, 8:51 AM
Yea I like mine its a great distance gun I do think I am just looking for something else gotta figure out what a good option is then think about trading the remington or selling it

Rusty_Buckhorn
07-06-2012, 10:13 AM
Price range will dictate what your options are, but in general you can't go wrong with a Rem 700 BDL, Win mdl 70, or a Ruger M77. Many other cheaper options will work, too... Weatherby Vanguard, Tikka T3, Browning A-bolt, Savage 110.

You are right... you don't want a 10lb rifle hanging off your shoulder on a long hike.

theshoer
07-06-2012, 10:15 AM
save cash, stay with what you have.

cabcrazy
07-06-2012, 2:02 PM
also depends on where you hunt. I love a good 30-30 in dense brushy areas, but if Im hunting open country, then i go with a 300 mag I also like to use my m1 carbine in the rough

toby
07-07-2012, 8:04 AM
So many choices, just go handle as many as you can and get what feels right, don't buy based on votes from a forum..

ADAM
07-07-2012, 8:10 AM
If it were me, I would probably just use the rifle that you already have. Having to buy a rifle, scope, and target ammo is not worth saving a couple pounds. Unless you just want a new gun. :D
Also, the rifle that you already have, you probably know very well and wouldn't have to learn a new gun. YMMV

^^^ best advice

freonr22
07-07-2012, 8:13 AM
like this. and cheap
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=293845814

aalvidrez
07-07-2012, 11:26 AM
I'd stick with the gun you have. If your set on a new rifle, I bought a rifle for my nephews to use. Vangard S2 in .243. They've got all calibers. Key is, theyre smoa out of the box with the right ammo. It has a nice trigger and decent stock.

All you'd have to do is find ammo that it likes. This one likes Rem. green box... That was lucky. Mounts and rings weren't too bad. Already had a scope laying around.

Hunter87
07-07-2012, 12:03 PM
I like my savage, not to expensive and very dependable. But I'd suggest getting another 700 if your a fan of that platform, it could give you the weight and caliber change you want while leaving you with a familiar gun. IMO

blank4u47
07-07-2012, 12:30 PM
Yea everyone has some great ideas I was looking most rifles are around 7.5 lbs which doesnt seem too bad I think I will stick with what I got or maybe buy something else any excuse to buy another gun!

razr
07-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Browning A bolt 30-06 will be around 6 lbs w/o scope and ammo. With a good scope and all the accessories will set you back about 1000.00 bucks.

devil83dog@hotmail.com
07-07-2012, 3:19 PM
I'd say, stick with a Remington 700, but if you really want something different, I'm sure you can find a good trade for your rifle on this forum in the marketplace or at least be able to sell it quickly.

.22guy
07-07-2012, 5:31 PM
Tikka T3 Lite

ch89lx
07-07-2012, 7:22 PM
How about the Riflemans Rifle the Winchester model 70

wjc
07-07-2012, 7:27 PM
How about the Riflemans Rifle the Winchester model 70

I concur.

But, if you have to, use the rifle you have OP.

KIDRR
07-07-2012, 7:44 PM
I have an almost new Remington 770 in 7mm rem mag for sale complete with scope for $300 :D It's pretty light, especially compared to my 700 with the bull barrel

rodeoflyer
07-07-2012, 7:45 PM
The rifle isn't near as important as optics. My 400 dollar Savage shoots just as good as my 700 dollar Remington 700.

They both have Leupolds VXII's sitting on them.

Also invest in quality binos. Glassing all day through Big 5 Bushnells sucks.

rodeoflyer
07-07-2012, 7:46 PM
The rifle isn't near as important as optics. My 400 dollar Savage shoots just as good as my 700 dollar Remington 700.

They both have Leupolds VXII's sitting on them.

Also invest in quality binos. Glassing all day through Big 5 Bushnells sucks.

Coyotegunner
07-07-2012, 8:56 PM
I really get along with my light Browning Abolts and Tikka T3s.The Savages shoot pretty well also.I have a few Remingtons as well but have been pretty discouraged with the new Xtrigger in my newer ones.The Howa/Weatherby Vanguards are good also.I quit being a owner of Ruger 77s along time ago.I would like to try one of their new cheapo rifles though.
I would try to hang onto the gun you have and buy a light one for hunting.

sfm12
07-07-2012, 11:18 PM
For the money......Big-5 Savage Axis. It's light and it works. They shoot very well for the money.

lewdogg21
07-08-2012, 8:10 AM
The rifle isn't near as important as optics. My 400 dollar Savage shoots just as good as my 700 dollar Remington 700.

They both have Leupolds VXII's sitting on them.

Also invest in quality binos. Glassing all day through Big 5 Bushnells sucks.

Bingo! Think of it this way. You spend big $ on a rifle and scope that the first time you trip or slide down a hill and the rifle falls you cry big as well b/c it gets scratched up. The cheaper rifles offered today (cheap remington's, weatherby's, savage, etc.) will shoot as good or better than you can. While you may prefer something nicer down the road they will get the job done and save you some $ that you can invest in optics or just getting out there more. If your experienced this advised of course may not apply to you but the idea is getting you out there as much as possible and having a positive experience.

Now I'm not advocating a sub $100 scope b/c you need that to perform the one time you need it be it foggy, raining, snowing, etc but you don't want a Zeiss conquest scope paired with a pair of $50 tasco binoculars either.

FWIW I dropped my nearly $1k AR pig hunting this year when I slipped side hilling. It sucked a little bit at the time and now the scope may be off (haven't been to the range) but I'm ok with it b/c it's a tool and not a beautiful wood stock.


Anyways I would take the rifle you have out there and then next year if you want a new one you will have actual field experience to draw from. Take the $ you would spend on a new rifle and hire a pig guide (bigboarstopper) or other licensed guide.