So, You want a light-weight hunting rifle?

I’m not sure you can find a better option that this model 20 Short from New Ultra Light Arms. It is chambered for the .30 Remington AR cartridge which will push a 150 grain Nosler Accubond to 2600 fps from the 20 inch barrel. Total rifle weight with the 1.5-5X Leupold and four cartridges is 4 pounds, 11 ounces. If you want a little more power, consider a model 20, maybe in 6.5 – .284, .308 Winchester or even .358 Winchester. That rifle will weigh an ounce or two more but should still come in under five pounds with the same riflescope. Regardless, all New Ultra Light Arms rifles come standard with an exceptional Timney Trigger, adjusted to your desired pull weight.


.30 Rem AR, 155 gr. Berger VLD, 34.5 grains AA 2200, 2586 fps, 5-shots into 0.86 inches at 100 yards. (This is not an AR 15 compatible handload.)

Richard, his NULA .30 Rem AR and the running moose target at Gunsite.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to So, You want a light-weight hunting rifle?

  1. Michael B. Saari says:

    What are your feelings on Extreme Shock ammo for the 223 caliber rifle for deer hunting? I did an internet search for Extreme Shock ammo and there are not many companies selling the stuff. Wonder if this has to do with an inferior hunting round? I am not at all interested in this stuff for home defense.

    • gunwriter says:

      I have not tested this stuff in GEL on on deer. The company is “different”. I know that some of their handgun ammo does work as advertised. I can tell you that the DRT stuff does indeed work on deer. Seen it with my own eyes.

  2. Jim Dodd says:

    If the question is light weight rifle, the answer is NULA…or maybe a Forbes rifle…jim

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