Thread: I may succumb
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Old December 12, 2017, 10:21 PM   #3
jmr40
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I used to hate Glocks until I bought one. I wasn't 100% sold on 6.5 Creedmoor so I bought the cheapest one I could find in the Ruger Predator at around $350. I'm pleased enough that I may buy something "nicer". But I'm not sure yet.

The thing about the 6.5 Creedmoor is that it is so balanced. Very mild recoil, excellent accuracy, and good bullets that have great SD's and BC's.

For a hunting rifle 9 lb is more than I'd want to carry. Add a scope and you're at 10-10.5 lbs and that defeats the primary advantage of the 6.5 Creedmoor. You can shoot a magnum round from a 10 lb rifle for about the same recoil as the Creedmoor from a 7 lb rifle.

Which is more important to you. Target shooting or hunting. There are several mid weight hunting rifles that would do very well for target shooting. Much better than a target rifle for hunting. I get the feeling you've not hunted much. A rifle gets heavy,and physical condition means little. The guys most interested in lightweight rifles are the fittest hunters.

Check out some of these guys shooting at a mile with Ruger Predators. Mine is still under 8 lbs scoped.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blcfloZYuig

The Bergara is a good rifle, but I like the Tikka CTR a lot better. It isn't only lighter, but more than likely more accurate to boot. Street price is about $1000. The Tikka will weigh around 8.5 lbs scoped. Even the Tikka T-3 will most likely out shoot the Bergara. It'll weigh under 7 lbs scoped and cost $500-$700. At the moment I'm between these 2 for a "nicer" 6.5 and am leaning toward the CTR.

http://www.tikka.fi/en-us/rifles
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