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#5784605 - 11/06/11 12:29 PM Re: Best Gun and Caliber for Backpacking [Re: Firemann]
prm Offline
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 10/27/08
Posts: 5323
I was skeptical about the Montana but got the itch and tried one. All other rifles now sit in the safe when it comes time to hunt. Handles and shoots like a dream. Mine's an 84m and weighs just a tick over 6lb. That includes scope, sling and 4 rounds of ammo. Shoots 180/185s at mid-2700s to 2800. Playing with another load using 160s at ~3000 fps. I anticipate that will kill anything I intend to hunt, and it would take a lot of coin to get a lighter rifle. If I switch to a 6x36 it will be under 6lbs full up ready to go.

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#5784620 - 11/06/11 12:37 PM Re: Best Gun and Caliber for Backpacking [Re: Tag]
Swampman700 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 11207
Originally Posted By: Tag
I'm looking to upgrade my Elk hunting rifle. I do a backpack hunt every year and have been using an older model M70. I'd like to upgrade to something nicer and in a synthetic/stainless combination. My question is what brand would be a good choice? I like the reviews I've seen of the Kimber Montanna and the Model 70 in synthetic might also be a good choice. Any suggestions? And caliber reccomendation? I'd like to hunt Elk and Deer with this rifle. Currently I'm using a 30.06 but would like to consider other calibers like the .300 WM.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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#5799982 - 11/11/11 02:10 AM Re: Best Gun and Caliber for Backpacking [Re: Swampman700]
alaska_lanche Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 04/17/08
Posts: 2052
Loc: Wasilla, Alaska
I have a stock Kimber Montana in .308 and with scope and rings its right at 96 oz. or 6 pounds.

I also have a Remington Model 7 in a McMillian Edge and even though there are 2" less barrel its right at 99-100 oz with a lighter scope and rings.

Bang for buck I'd go Kimber of Remington Model 7 but my dad gave me the model 7 14 years ago so I'd let the Kimber go over that rifle but only for sentimental value.

#5804312 - 11/12/11 05:39 PM Re: Best Gun and Caliber for Backpacking [Re: T_O_M]
rost495 Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 38026
Loc: La Grange, TX
I built mine. Rem 660 with a 284 win light tube. Figure it'll take anything I need up to moose. Doesn't leave a lot of room for error in the larger animals but I'm ok with that. I just have to get close enough and pick my shots.
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#5804874 - 11/12/11 09:49 PM Re: Best Gun and Caliber for Backpacking [Re: rost495]
ts300wsm Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 04/24/11
Posts: 450
Loc: PA
I'd try to get a Remington model 7 stainless/synthetic in 300 RSAUM or a mountain rifle LSS mountain rifle in 280 or 30-06 get rid of the laminated stock and drop it in a nice light weight synthetic stock

#5804910 - 11/12/11 10:15 PM Re: Best Gun and Caliber for Backpacking [Re: ts300wsm]
GreBb Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 05/26/08
Posts: 733
Blaser K95 single shot.
It is light, accurate and breaks down.
If you handload, in 7x57R. If you don't, then a 270.

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