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    lightweight stalking Rifle in .243

    Hi Guys

    Have decided to get a new rifle in .243 (a decent one )

    Have looked around and the possibilities are seemingly endless, have had some reports about one or two that may have inherent faults.

    RPA and Sauer are two possibles anyone have any preference and I would like a lightweight rifle the RPA is a little on the heavy side, but if the shoe fits ?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated

    Cheers

    Phil

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    Kimber stecialise in lightweight stalking rifles - bloody good ones too.

    Fox firearms currenlt have an 84M classic for 870 & an 84Montana for just over a grand.

    http://www.foxfirearmsuk.com/stockli...0Stocklist.pdf

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    if you are in kent take a trip to ashford they have a couple of nice sakos in 243

    atb steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by philip View Post
    Hi Guys

    Have decided to get a new rifle in .243 (a decent one )

    Have looked around and the possibilities are seemingly endless, have had some reports about one or two that may have inherent faults.

    RPA and Sauer are two possibles anyone have any preference and I would like a lightweight rifle the RPA is a little on the heavy side, but if the shoe fits ?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated

    Cheers

    Phil
    RPA and lightweight can never be used in the same post! Have you thought about a Sako Finnlight? JC

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    As JC275 says, Sako FinnLIGHT. Hardly know you are carrying it.

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    This is my "light" doe rifle (one in the front) started as a Remmy sps 243 stainless.
    These are fairly light to start with. I shortened the barrel to 20", carbon bedded the rifle
    with a carbon fiber stock 670 grams and added a delta light moderator 275 grams.
    The aluminium moderator has the first two baffles in stainless as I tend to shoot this
    rifle quite a lot. I found the remmy did not feed well from the drop plate mag system,
    and therefore replaced it with an aftermarket mag system which cured that problem.
    This rifle shot 1" groups recently, at 300m.
    edi

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    i had the sauer 202 classic synthetic with aluminum reciever etc in 25-06 and it was as light as hell unbleiveably so!!!!

    only concern was i since sold it and heard the guy who bought it at some stage had to have scope mounts hole in top re-threaded due to stripping .

    i would have the same again but with steel reciever etc and it should still be alight rifle...

    brilliant rifles too

    sauer

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    I have the Sako 75 Hunter in .243, with a nice wooden oil finish stock, it's quite light, shoots like an absolute dream, and looks very classy ( not that I don't like synthetic stocks, but some rifles nowadays look like the sh*t the yanks shoot deer with at 800 yards, or something you bring to war!)...I like it nice and classy and simple,,,and quality ;-)

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    I was looking for the lightest stalking rifle I could find and settled on Browning A-Bolt titanium, the trouble was it took me 2 years to find one at the right price. It weighs 1lb less than a Finnlight but runs a 22” barrel.



    That said you will be lucky to find one, and a new one will not leave you much change out of 2,000 in the UK. The 75 Sako Finnlight is one of the best lightweight rifles out there, a modern classic IMO.

    ATB

    Tahr

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    Tikka t3 in.243 are very light. I have a stainless laminate which weighs 3.1 kg but the lite, lite stainless and camo stainless weigh in at only 2.7kg which is about the same as the finnlight. Mod wise, I have an atec cm4 mod on and it only adds 220g weight along with an s&b 8x56 a very light rifle.
    Last edited by david1976; 10-10-2010 at 20:27.

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