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#7196534 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: RickyBobby]
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I've got semi heavy rifles, about 10 pounds, they shoot fine and I have no problems toting them mile after mile here in the flat land. I've got 8 pound rifles as well and shoot them fine too but a few years ago I got a Rem Mountain Guide in 22-250, then one in 7-08 and another in 243 that I had punched to Ackley Improved, they all shoot very well.

Wanting a cat gun I figured I'd have to build one. 17 Rem was my 1st choice but the 204 Ruger won out since it's a bit better on coyotes. Then a member here mentioned he had a Montana in 204 and a trade was made. I put a 3.5-10 CDS scope on it and with a mountain sling, it weighs 6.6lbs. I haven't had time to load for it so I picked up a box of Hornady 40 gr v-max's and headed to the range just to see what it would do.

I think I've found perfection in a calling rifle. Anyone got one in 223 they want to trade? I could probably dig up an AR... wink


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#7196635 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: RickyBobby]
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Good choice, if you're not carrying it in your hands much.....
Too front heavy to balance good, in hand. But the forward weight is just right for shooting. If you shoot off of sticks, the extra barrel is moot. The UL is a better choice for carrying and rested shots.

Even my studly youngster appreciates a pound and a half less weight on a walkabout..



Have since restocked in walnut and pulled K22's camo tape...

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#7196894 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: huntsman22]
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I have a .204 Hawkeye I'd trade.......... grin

And 22-250.

And .17 rem.
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#7196928 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: wageslave]
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Alright, show me the 204.
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#7196948 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: huntsman22]
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Cabelas got some 204 tikka T3's a last year, you might lucky and find one in a store if you call around, plus you'll have enough money left to buy a scope
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#7197076 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: wageslave]
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Wageslave ~

Is your Hawkeye a Predator model?
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#7197161 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: wageslave]
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It's in the same pic as the fireball.
Has a 4-16 scope on it.
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#7197163 - 12/18/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: RickyBobby]
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No. Sorry.
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#7200682 - 12/19/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: bearstalker]
dubya Offline
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Registered: 10/05/12
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Loc: twin cities, mn
Originally Posted By: bearstalker
I'd shop around online and get a Kimber Montana 204 Ruger.


Good luck finding one! The first 204 or 223 Montana that pops up on GB is mine! Been looking hard for a bit now.

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#7201029 - 12/19/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: dubya]
Mark R Dobrenski Offline
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This is just me but for sure I'd be looking long and hard at a Tikka T3 Lite. Great weight, weight forward and it shoots balls out. Great trigger and smooth bolt.

Once Barnes starts building a 33 grain TTSX I'll be all over a T3/.204

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#7211890 - 12/21/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
carlm Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
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I had a Tikka T3 Lite in .223. It shot just OK. The trigger was nowhere near as adjustable as a CZ 527 American. The bolt was smooth, the bolt throw was LOOONG, the magazines are outrageously priced, and the plastic bolt shroud should be replaced with an aluminum one. Glad I sold mine.

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#7217917 - 12/23/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: vbshootinrange]
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Try a Howa 1500. They have a few different configurations or you could just buy a barreled action and drop it in the stock of your choosing. I have great accuracy from my heavy barrel Howa.

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#7218263 - 12/23/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: Bodei]
carlm Offline
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OP asked for a LW (lightweight?) gun. Howas are heavy.

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#7220001 - 12/23/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: carlm]
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OP said not set on bolt action.

How bout a Contender Carbine trimmed back to 20-in. & spray paint camo job?
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#7222488 - 12/24/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: ColdCase1984]
coues32 Offline
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I was open to an AR,but that is out now.Would want a repeater.Thanks for all the input guys.I'll let you know when I pick up one.
Originally Posted By: ColdCase1984
OP said not set on bolt action.

How bout a Contender Carbine trimmed back to 20-in. & spray paint camo job?

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#7222645 - 12/24/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: coues32]
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I know where there is a LVSF in 204 if your interested.
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#7227146 - 12/26/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: Les7603006]
K22 Offline
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Loc: Western North Carolina
I'm with a few of the other posters.


a 204 in a Kimber Montana, but if you want perfection...........



then a Kimber Montana in 17 Rem. is perfection. grin


Huntsman22, what do you mean you pulled off that professionally installed camo tape??? Ya ruined the resale value. shocked

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#7227218 - 12/26/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: K22]
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If I keep it for-evah, I don't have to worry about resale.
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#7228419 - 12/26/12 Re: Looking 4 new LW .204 [Re: huntsman22]
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Originally Posted By: huntsman22
If I keep it for-evah, I don't have to worry about resale.


That is true.

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