Originally Posted by Siso
I was just wondering of those that backpack in to hunt long range does anyone carry a rifle 17lbs or over?
A rifle with scope weighing ~10 lbs is about the limit for me for a hiking / backpacking gun. And I prefer a bit less than that. You won't catch me packing a 17 lb rifle in the mountains. I've backpack hunted in Alaska for the past 30 years and there's no place for a 17 lb rifle in my arsenal, or even a 13 lb rifle. Packing an overly heavy rifle around is a recipe for hating life, or at least life backpack hunting. There's too many miles covered where you'll never even fire the weapon to justify lugging that kind of weight around in the rough country. Lighter rifles are capable of long range accuracy. They're a bit harder to pilot than the heavier guns, from what I've read, and the thinner tubes on the lighter rifles will open up the groups more after three shots than the heavier tubes. But the animal should really be down for the count before a third shot is required.