My PGW 7mm-08 Ackley has a M700 clone short action, titanium receiver/bolt, Galliard (Canadian match barrel maker) medium sporter contour stainless match barrel chambered to my specs, 24" heavily fluted and black Tuff-Coated, Lone Wolf kevlar/glass stock. I used a M700 trigger from one of my varmint rifles that was changed to a Jewell and bottom metal (alloy).
The heavy fluting is visible here:
No heavy all-steel action here.....we're really talking light:
Using Barnes 120gr or 140gr TTSX's, it'll said clear through a large bull from about any angle up to 300 yards.....amazing performance from a .308-cased cartridge.
Don't know for sure, but I remember reading somewhere (Rifle Magazine?) that Melvin does not like to machine stainless, so does not offer any of his actions from that material. His rifles are custom, so could be a firm step above a Kimber as you mentioned, although I'm not sure how much of a step that would be. Those Montana's are pretty nice rifles.
There's an in-depth article by John Haviland in the November 2012 issue of Rifle Magazine on the Forbes Model 24B......a tad over 6 lbs complete with Leupold scope.....now that's
When I head for the high country black timber for bull elk, I always start out with my M70 in .338-06 Ackley, but after about a week in the bush if I haven't connected, I find myself trading the M70 for the featherweight PGW 7mm-08 AI.....about 2.5 lbs difference, and oh boy, at 6,500'+ of elevation on the mountain, that weight feels like carrying a BB-gun at the end of the day by comparison.
If you decide to contact PGW, ask for Ross Spagrud......a friend and fellow prairie dog shooting enthusiast. He's a wild one in the rat patch.