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Aussie_hunter_JD

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G'day guys,

Looking at getting an all round rifle for backpack hunting and still unsure on what to get. Set on calibre as 30-06 but not sure on make.

Sako A7 is leading the charge at this stage.

Probably should mention what I don't want.

Had bad experiences with kimbers,
Don't like the feel of A-Bolts and custom is out of my price range.

Bear in mind the price for any gun will be between 50-100% more expensive than the states.

Appreciate any suggestions
 

1_pointer

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The Sako A7 and Tikka would be pretty similar. I'd go with whichever you find at the price you like.
 

Gunner46

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I'd consider a Ruger American. My 338F weights a whopping 7 lbs, scoped. Wide range of calibers available also.
 

Rooster52

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Another Ruger American fan. I have one in left hand ,7mm08 .Excellent shooter.Topped with a Nikon 3-9x40 and ready to go.
 

Bambistew

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A remington mountain rifle isn't a bad platform. They tend to shoot quite well, and are light enough to pack around all day.
 

sbhooper

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It also depends on what price range you are looking at. There are lots of good rifles out there, depending on your money limit.

For modest money, I am a real fan of the Ruger American, also.
 

Mcseal2

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Another Ruger American fan for the money. The Savage lightweight hunter is another one I'd consider at a reasonable price range. I personally like the tang safety a lot but a 3 position M70 style safety even better. I have a Kimber Montana re-barreled with a fluted Pac-Nor #3 in 270 that shoots really well now, and a Rifles Inc 300 Win mag in a lightweight 70 with a fluted #3 also. They will get the mountain use for me depending on what I'm hunting.
 

Aussie_hunter_JD

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Thanks for all the suggestions, can honestly say I hadn't even considered ruger but I'll add them to the list to check out.

I don't mind the t3, I find them very similar to the A7 but with not quite as nice a feel.

I'll keep running my Leupold VX-R 4-12x50 for a while but I will eventually get a vixen 2.5-15x50. Good variability between stalking thick stuff and dialling out for those 600 yard shots and beautiful clarity in low light. My brother has one and a swarovski Z5. Comparing them in low light we rate it

1. Vixen
2. My VX-R
3. Z5

Interesting that the Z5 is nearly $1000 more than both others. Paying for the name type thing I think.

I'm in no rush to get it as the red stags will drop their antlers within the next month so I'm happy to just wait things out for a while and see how it goes. Need to sell my Sako 75 first Anyways.

The next thing will be whether to reload or not. I always did for my 300WM but 30 cal Barnes ttsx are over $90 a box of 50 now, just stupid and that's before brass and powder!.
Might go to good old corelokts or try and find some factory with a reasonable bc. Or a cheaper bullet to reload that works well over short and medium range shooting on big framed animals. Decisions decisions!
 

Rancho Loco

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I've never considered the A7 to be worth the extra scratch.

A "mountain" rifle and a 50 mm objective go together like oil and water to me.
 

Aussie_hunter_JD

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I've never considered the A7 to be worth the extra scratch.

A "mountain" rifle and a 50 mm objective go together like oil and water to me.

Sorry should have mentioned, I know I said mountain rifle, that was more to get the line of thought about light rifles but I want it as an all rounder. I have back and shoulder trouble and lugging 10lb rifles around all day are a pain in the neck (literally) so every shaving off a bit would help.
 

JohnCushman

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You can't go wrong with a 30-30 for a short barrel and decent distance and light weight. But, I will also toss in another vote for the Ruger American. How about finding someone in the States to borrow a rifle from when you come over to hunt?
 

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