Lightweight folding stock complete rifle recommendations

doubleoevan

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I'm in the market for a lightweight folding stock bolt action in either 308 or 6.5 Creedmoor. I'm leaning toward the latter since recoil in a light weight rifle is more pronounced. I'm open to building my own, but the options and possible pitfalls of a custom build are a bit daunting to me. To that end, I'm leaning toward a complete rifle.

I don't own a lot of guns so I tend to look for jack-of-all trade types that cover several purposes for me. I will rarely shoot farther than 200-300 yards due to limited long range shooting where I live, but I'd like to be able to go out to 500-1000 if the opportunity came my way. Key requirements are the folding stock and a shorter barrel (16-20 inches, knowing this does reduce some of the benefits of the 6.5 Creedmoor round) and weight around 7 or 8 pounds (rifle only).

In my research, I've identified the following options and am mostly looking for input on anything I'm missing. I've got the Q Fix on my list but it's above my price range. I'd like to keep the rifle below $2K.

Sig Cross
Kimber Advanced Tactical (on the heavy side compared to the others)
JTAC Screech Owl (complete builds are coming soon, I believe based on the Howa action as opposed to the Remington 700 that's currently listed on their website)
Christensen Arms MPR (steel version is under $2K, carbon fiber barrel is more)
Q Fix (too expensive)

If you really think a custom build is a far better way to go, I'd need pretty specific input on what to look for. I started down that path, but my head started to hurt when looking at barrel options (length, twist, taper, remage/prefit, etc, etc) and whether anything I was looking at would fit in a specific chassis.

Thanks in advance.
 

308Gunner

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    You can get light and you can get cheap but usually not together. The cross and the MPR are probably going to be your best bet
     

    hereinaz

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    Can't really beat the Cross on price/weight basis.
     

    rtB

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    I haven't even seen one, but the Sig Cross looks very intriguing. I vote for you picking one up and telling us what you think.
     

    HousePlant

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    If I'm building a rifle with the intent of having a folding or totally collapsible buttstock, I'm also leaning toward an 18" (max 20" barrel) such that it can fit inside of an AR15-sized case or even a backpack without being disassembled. The only factory option, in that case, is the Sig. That I know of. That also isn't $4-5000K (and at that point I'll buy an AICS chassis + custom action and barrel).