Originally Posted by CA48
Great write up thanks for sharing and providing pics.
So how is it packing around the Lunatic up in the mountains,
looks pretty steep.
Yea, its pretty steep! We use the Eberlestock J34
and X1E packs for carrying our big guns. The J34 works best with the longest barrel guns with muzzle brakes
as the scabbard depth is 2 inches longer than the X1. We need our hands free to use ice axes etc, so these packs are the best way. Our usual 338 Lunatic build weighs 16 pounds including Nightforce scope, so having the rifle hard against you back the way Eberlestock
does it is the best. My son built a bullpup Lunatic that weighs 13 pounds, and I'm working on a lighter weight version at the moment, but they've still gotta be shootable! It's when we're trying to carry a week or mores worth of camping, cooking gear and food etc that the 16 pound rifles start to feel a little heavy on the steep mountains!
We build a 338 Thor (338/416 imp) that weighs 8.5 lbs all up including scope with a 28" barrel pushing the 300's at 3050fps for those extended wilderness pack trips. But nothing beats the Lunatic when the wind blows!