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Light weight .308 lever action suggestions

OntarioHunter

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Lightweight long guns are overrated. They kick harder (= flinch) and they're whippy (= don't float well to a moving target).
 

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You just need to learn to shoot.
My skeet average is solid 22.5 and trap is about the same. I shoot range and field with this 10+ lb A-5 Magnum Twelve. 20211031_162235.jpg I have shot countless triples goose hunting with that gun. Shot this buffalo on the fly at 60 yards and put the bullet exactly where I wanted it. Used a borrowed CZ Safari 550 in .375. Not a lightweight gun. IMG_1740(1).JPG
And this gemsbuck incoming full gallop in the chest at less than twenty yards and then again as he ran by through the shoulder in the heart. Shot with my approx 9 lb Springfield. 2019-08-24 gemsbuck.jpg Same gun killed this muley on a dead run through the heart at approx 70 yards. 16 November 2019.JPG
This coyote two years ago on the run through the heart at fifty yards. 20201129_110147.jpg And finally, this nyala last month at just over 100 yards on the run. Blew up his liver and one lung. 20220827_130121.jpg
I can only recall missing one running animal. I shot over the back of a Barbary sheep ram in August. Maybe other critters way back when I was young but I don't remember them. I don't miss many shots but I have missed more animals standing than moving. So, I know something about what works and what doesn't. I also have an A-5 Light Twelve and a Citori twelve gauge but don't shoot either nearly as well as the heavy magnum. At station seven skeet I sometimes pull the single targets with that big black gun under my arm. All stations but eight are shot low gun (low as in waist level, not just off the gun). I usually come off the gun after first shot in a pair and remount for the second target. Yeah, I know something about shooting moving targets.
 
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My skeet average is solid 22.5 and trap is about the same. I shoot range and field with this 10+ lb A-5 Magnum Twelve. View attachment 242282 I have shot countless triples goose hunting with that gun. Shot this buffalo on the fly at 60 yards and put the bullet exactly where I wanted it. Used a borrowed CZ Safari 550 in .375. Not a lightweight gun. View attachment 242280
And this gemsbuck incoming full gallop in the chest at less than twenty yards and then again as he ran by through the shoulder in the heart. Shot with my approx 9 lb Springfield. View attachment 242281 Same gun killed this muley on a dead run through the heart at approx 70 yards. View attachment 242283
This coyote two years ago on the run through the heart at fifty yards. View attachment 242286 And finally, this nyala last month at just over 100 yards on the run. Blew up his liver and one lung. View attachment 242287
I can only recall missing one running animal. I shot over the back of a Barbary sheep ram in August. Maybe other critters way back when I was young but I don't remember them. I don't miss many shots but I have missed more animals standing than moving. So, I know something about what works and what doesn't. I also have an A-5 Light Twelve and a Citori twelve gauge but don't shoot either nearly as well as the heavy magnum. At station seven skeet I sometimes pull the single targets with that big black gun under my arm. All stations but eight are shot low gun (low as in waist level, not just off the gun). I usually come off the gun after first shot in a pair and remount for the second target. Yeah, I know something about shooting moving targets.
Impressive lineup. The original inquiry was not based on an inability to shot; here is my elk heart shot from 160 yards using my S&W .243 (love this gun). The .243 weighs in at 7.5 lbs. and is considered on the small caliber end for Elk; my Rem 30.06 weighs almost 9lbs. I was hoping to get input on a .308 that might be lighter weight and easy to wield, since I live in California I wanted a lever action so I could use it for feral pigs. i haven’t ruled out a .270; but .308 ammo seems easier to come by.
I appreciate all the input so far, Thanks…
 

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Marlin 1893 .30-30. Proven pig and elk rifle. Still works today. .308 bore. :)

Light too.
Thought about the 30-30, but wanted the extended range the .308 offers. Also in Southern California I rarely see 30-30 rounds; .308’s I can find.
 
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