New CO elk hunter (age 42) with T3X SS Superlite 30-06 questions
After tons of research, I just ordered my first hunting rifle at age 42, a Tikka Superlite in 30-06 to take my 12 year old son pronghorn, deer and elk hunting this fall in CO. He has a 243 and 7mm-08 and I needed a dad gun. Elk tags are late rifle and we are planning on doing a lot of backcountry hiking.
I am looking for ammunition recommendations and ways to make this rig lighter.
I have both a Vortex Viper HS 4-16 x 44 scope (18.4 oz) and Cabelas Instinct Euro 3-9 x 40 scope (15.1 oz) to try out as well as talley and vortex rings accordingly. I also ordered a yodave spring and am about to order some goodies from MT: metal bottom, bolt shroud, screws and limbsaver pad.
1. Before I do, should I order the 20 MOA or 0 MOA MT piccatinny rail for either of those scopes? Which of those two would you use and why?
2. Also, I am looking to get the barrel threaded for a muzzle brake so my son is comfortable shooting it. Any recommendations in stainless?
3. Planning on fluting the bolt after this season. Any other mods to lighten it up? I am not using a bipod but carrying hiking sticks and a sling and also have Primos Gen 2 tirgger sticks to try out.
4. Finally, I ordered Remington Core Lokt in several weights, Sako 150gr and 180gr superhammer heads, and 125gr and 180gr Hornady SSTs for comparisons. What factory loads work have you enjoyed best in 30-06 with your Tikka's?
Appreciate the knowledge here.
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