Rifles Built Backcountry Tough

Hunting remote places often requires specialized gear.

Rifles Built Backcountry Tough

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Titanium.

From the boots and layered high-tech clothing you wear to the ATV or pickup truck that gets you to the trail head, to the optics that help you locate and zero-in on that next song dog, nowhere on Planet Earth will you and your gear be put to the test like when you’re venturing into the outback. And for rifles this means packing those lightweight models purpose-built for tackling rugged terrain. If you’re a predator hunter who isn’t shy about seeing what’s over the next rise — and then the next and the next — you know the value of packing light. How about starting with a rifle that weighs less than 6 pounds? Here are a couple of examples that will allow you to shed some weight on your next cross-country hunt while still providing the toughness to stand up to the inherent abuse these ventures often dish out.

Christensen Arms Ridgeline Titanium

The Ridgeline Titanium Edition rifle from Christensen Arms combines a precision titanium action with the company’s signature 416R stainless steel aerograde carbon fiber wrapped barrel at an value-driven price. It features a titanium radial brake, spiral fluted bolt and carbon fiber composite sporter stock with a metallic gray with black webbing finish. The special edition is available in several popular hunting calibers including .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and .300 Win. Mag. For hunter’s who venture into the outback and want a rifle they can depend on, the Ridgeline Titanium Edition weighs in starting at 5.8 pounds and is backed by the Christensen Arms sub-MOA guarantee. Retail: $2,495. Contact: www.christensenarms.com

Howa Carbon Stalker Mini Action.
Howa Carbon Stalker Mini Action.

Howa Carbon Stalker Mini Action

Legacy Sports International recently announced the introduction of the new-for-2021 Howa Carbon Stalker Mini Action rifle — available in .223 Rem., 7.62x39mm and 6.5 Grendel chamberings. It sports a 22-inch standard Howa barrel that is fitted into a custom super lightweight carbon fiber wrapped stock for a total weight of only 4.11 pounds. Other features include a two-stage match trigger, three-position safety, detachable magazine and sub-MOA assurance. Providing exceptional accuracy at a value price, the Howa Carbon Stalker is a great companion for numerous hunting applications — everything from varmints to deer. MSRP: $999. Contact: www.legacysports.com

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