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Christensen Arms Ridgeline #14333616 12/03/19
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I'm thinking about getting a CA Ridgeline, I was thinking about a Barrett but they are a bit small framed for my big frame body. I have a safe full of Win 70 rifles and this will be the first non-Win 70 purchase in over 20 years. Is there any reason I should forgo the CA and look at alternatives? Any and all opinions welcome and thank you!

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Re: Christensen Arms Ridgeline [Re: 257Bob] #14336005 12/04/19
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I don't own one, but I've been considering a Ridgeline and a Mesa. I need to do a bit more research on the Ridgeline's carbon fiber barrel, but another rifle I'm considering is a Fierce Carbon Fury or some other iteration from the same manufacturer.


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Re: Christensen Arms Ridgeline [Re: 257Bob] #14336433 12/04/19
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I know Proof Research make a great carbon wrap barrel but they are much more expensive then CA. Really pushing the limit of the budget at $2k here, not wanting to go any higher. I did handle a complete Proof Research rifle that was roughly $2600 and I didn't care for it as much as the CA.

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I don't own any CA rifles, but have heard that there's some variation in their QA in what gets out the door; I do own a CA pistol & nice as it is, it needed some work which should absolutely have been done at the factory.

If you buy one of their rifles, I'd want to get comfortable on what their user satisfaction & accuracy/warranty policy is; also heard that their CS isn't too hot either............just hearsay though.

As to the rifle, I'd also check out Bergara.................nothing but good there from the input I've had & a fair amount less money.

Can't go wrong with anything from Seekins if you like 'em; or find an older Remington 700 KS..............one of the best ever made.

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Re: Christensen Arms Ridgeline [Re: 257Bob] #14336508 12/04/19
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My debate is to 1) buy a CA or 2) pull the barrel off of my lovely Win 70 in 250 Savage and just built v buy. The 250 is a Douglas barrel, not factory so not collectible.

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I am only familiar with the Barrett which are good but I would definitely consider building in that or slightly higher budget level. You get exactly what you want and pick who does the work.. The Ridgeline you would have difficulty matching the weight and price point by building although you could come close.

Just the barrel and action purchased separately would be over the cost of the Christensen Ridgeline.

I have no experience with Christensen customer service, what little I have had with Barrett was favorable.


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I have a number of Win 70s, all with Shilen or Douglas barrels and McMillan (one Brown Precision) stocks but they are long action, large scopes and a bit heavy at times. I'm looking for something a bit lighter but not featherweight, I still need to be able to shoot it. New barrel installed by my trusted smith is $800, then I have to get a stock that would be roughly $700 so I'm in for $1500 to use what I have or I can just by a new rig. We'll see....

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Match Grade Arms used to take quite a bit of weight off a model 70 action, they use Stillers now. I would just make some of their modifications like on the Kurz Mountain rifle action the cuts on the sides below the stock level and the magazine. This would be for a medium weight as the Model 70 is not the best place to start for a light weight.


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Re: Christensen Arms Ridgeline [Re: 257Bob] #14337249 12/04/19
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Personally, I would look to buy a complete rifle you like after doing your research. The custom build project always seems to take too long and not come out quite right. Sometimes you lose interest in the interim. My two cents.


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