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#5818606 - 07/05/15 06:24 PM Christensen or Forbes Rifle
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Anyone have experience with either rifle or better yet anyone have experience with both brands? I am considering one or the other and don't have any knowledge about either. I know the Forbes is now a production gun so it may not stand up to the Christensen in the accuracy department but do I really need 1/4 moa for deer hunting or any kind of hunting? Give me your inputs. Thanks
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#5818634 - 07/05/15 06:43 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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What are you looking for in a rifle?

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#5818888 - 07/05/15 09:20 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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Totally different type of rifle, but I recently bought a Christensen AR10 in 308 with their 18" carbon wrapped barrel and it is very accurate and is, by far, the lightest AR10 I own. I took it out to 800 yards on the first range session. Very impressed with it.
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#5818928 - 07/05/15 09:54 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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What are you looking for exactly?
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#5819052 - 07/05/15 11:10 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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I would start with a list of three columns, What you need the rifle to do, what you want the rifle to do, and other considerations. The need column is non negotiable, there's some leeway with what you want it to do, and the other considerations are to tailor it to your tastes. After you do the exercise then you can ask questions about suitability.
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#5819292 - 07/06/15 08:29 AM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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Weight requirements? Size constraints? Distance requirements? Choice of caliber? share a little bit about what you're using it for. There's lots of guns that'll get you where you need to be without buying one from the big name guys, right here in our home state!

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#5819313 - 07/06/15 08:48 AM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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I am looking for a bolt gun probably in 30-06 or maybe a 300wm. Doesn't have to be the lightest, I don't plan on doing any sheep hunting, too old.
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#5819448 - 07/06/15 10:21 AM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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You could do alot better than those two if weight isn't a concern. You could have a very nice rifle built for the cost of a Christensen

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#5819499 - 07/06/15 10:59 AM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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how much a christensen run???

If possible I'd probably do a custom/semi-custom if the money is close
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#5819528 - 07/06/15 11:14 AM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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I have a buddy that owns a Carbon Classic and he paid about $3k. It shoots well but not spectacular. For $3k, you can have a very nice rifle built.

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#5819705 - 07/06/15 12:50 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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Looking at the Christensen I'd be more inclined to buy a Cooper. The synthetic stocked Coopers are $500 to $600 dollars less.
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#5819714 - 07/06/15 01:00 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: TxHunter80]
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Originally Posted By: TxHunter80
You could do alot better than those two if weight isn't a concern. You could have a very nice rifle built for the cost of a Christensen


I second that. Horizon Firearms (commented above) is building me a rifle as we speak. He has been 100% supportive on the phone, and has patiently answered each of my 6000 questions. His rifles come with a 1/2moa guarantee, and you can get just about anything you want. Call Derrick and talk to him. Get exactly the rifle you want, not some ready made big name gun, and support a local Texas business!

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#5819719 - 07/06/15 01:03 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: nsmike]
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Originally Posted By: nsmike
Looking at the Christensen I'd be more inclined to buy a Cooper. The synthetic stocked Coopers are $500 to $600 dollars less.


My thought exactly. Have a Cooper and wish I had more. Accurate well made guns, their half moa accuracy guarantee has been no problem to confirm, lots of calibers to choose from as well.

Have shot Christensen arms rifles and actually like the Cooper better. Never shot a Forbes rifle though
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#5820193 - 07/06/15 05:43 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: Crews]
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Originally Posted By: TxHunter80
You could do alot better than those two if weight isn't a concern. You could have a very nice rifle built for the cost of a Christensen


I second that. Horizon Firearms (commented above) is building me a rifle as we speak. He has been 100% supportive on the phone, and has patiently answered each of my 6000 questions. His rifles come with a 1/2moa guarantee, and you can get just about anything you want. Call Derrick and talk to him. Get exactly the rifle you want, not some ready made big name gun, and support a local Texas business!


He just finished a 300 win mag for me. If you get a good flute on the barrel it is not too bad weight wise. I am looking forward to taking it out in the next few weeks.

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#5820728 - 07/06/15 10:42 PM Re: Christensen or Forbes Rifle [Re: DLALLDER]
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I had a christensen 25-06 at one point. I had wanted that rifle for such a long time, finally worked enough at the ranch and cutting my folks lawn my dad went out and got it for me. It was a head turner, but an utter dissapointmemt. For a gun that was $2800 without glass it shot at best after months of handloading different powders, bullets, and lengths it never shot sub-moa, best group was right at 1.1x. I cant tell you how much that pissed me off. I almost bought a melvin forbes production grade rifle. Melvin is known to build a hell of a rifle and his production rifles are no slouch. After shooting one in 243 i was sold. Being that i like customs i saved up a lil more and got built something identical. UL ss bbl, 700 action trued and skeletonized, banser stock (High Tech), warne rings for $1700. I would not hesistate to buy a forbes. Forbes actually has a production line and full custom (2x price), both easy sub moa.

Have you considered a nosler patriot same price point and they are at the tops of my list other than another custom.

If your on the carbon fiber bbl kick order a proof research bbl YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED, if you need a dealer my buddy is proof dealer.
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