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Old 10-18-2011, 05:35 PM
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I was looking at New UltraLight Arms as a possible candidate for a rifle build. They make one that has a finished weight of about 5 1/4 to 5 1/2 pounds without scope. I was thinking a lightweight .270 Win. or .280 Rem. might make for an awesome deer rifle.
The only disadvantage i can think that MIGHT be an issue was if the light weight might not be as steady shooting offhand.

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Old 10-18-2011, 05:46 PM
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there will probably be more recoil. but i like light guns because i hunt in the mountains so carrying a heavy gun can get annoying fast. if this is for deer i think a 243 would be an awesome ultralight rifle. ive seen a lot of people drop them in there tracks with that cartridge. and with it that light weight it will not kick nearly as much as a .270 i would think.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:55 PM
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Felt recoil would probably be the biggest drawback to an Ultralight rifle.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:44 PM
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Felt recoil, not as easy to shoot accurately.
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:55 PM
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I like light rifles for all the same reasons + I'm only 5'6" & 160 lbs.


.270 would be my choice !


I looked at them (I even callled), just a little too rich for my blood.


If I had that kind of dough; I'd buy one !!!

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:05 PM
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I'm not really recoil sensitive. My current .300 Win. Mag. only weighs 8.15lbs with scope, and after a few shots I was pretty much used to it.
I wouldn't think a 6 to 6 1/2 lb .270 Win. or .280 Rem. would bother me.

I could be wrong. Never had a chance to shoot a rifle that light. Sure would be nice to lug around though.......
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:32 PM
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Spend some time with a Kimber Montana and youll be hooked!

"hunting wise" a lightweight wont make any accuracy difference,
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr
Spend some time with a Kimber Montana and youll be hooked!

"hunting wise" a lightweight wont make any accuracy difference,
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do you have one? I've heard very mixed reviews on kimbers...

which cartridge?
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:54 PM
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NULA, One of the best as far as ultra light rifles goes...

btw if I was going to build a ultra light custom rifle/sheep rifle, I'd almost certainly build it on a short action...

Also when talking awesome deer rifle, I think you can buy an awesome deer rifle off the shelf for $700 new, no reason to build a sheep rifle to hunt deer, so if anything I'd build an ultralight sheep rifle that could double as a good deer rifle.

I would think NULA's balance well.

lots of options, short action...
6.5 Rem.Mag.
6.5-284 Norma
.270 WSM
7mm-08
.284 Win.
7mm WSM
.308 Win.
.300 WSM

long action...
.280 Rem. Ackley Improved

btw I would def give Melvin a call at NULA and talk it over with him/your ideas/his, before simply calling up and ordering.

btw how funny would it be if you sold your custom 300win.mag elk rifle, for a ultraight 300wsm....haha!

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:25 PM
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Browning Abolt Ti in .308 w/22" barrel or 7mm-08 is 1 option...
or WSM's w/ 23" barrel. 5.5-5.75lbs

Sako Finnlight
Sako A7, standard or tecomate...

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