Obviously, some folks don't hunt in Idaho where gross weight of rifle, scope, & accessories cannot exceed 16lbs. Weight aside, shooting a lightweight rifle vs. heavier type requires doing everything right. Forearm width can get too narrow on some stocks. Balance becomes more critical. Using shooting sticks, slings, etc really helps. But just like shooting single action vs double action pistols at long range, follow thru and trigger control are absolutely necessary. I shoot a custom 284 that tips the scale at 6 lbs. even with rifle and scope. Practice, Practice & Practice are necessary. Recoil is not a real issue with the right caliber, new recoil pad technology & a well designed synthetic stock that fits. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
For years my walking, sitting, and everything- in- between, favorite big game rifle has been an 8.75 lb, with scope, .300 Jarrett. It's light enough to carry over hill and dale, day in and day out, but still heavy enough to hold steady. That said I recently started shooting a 6.5 lb, scoped, Kimber .243. At 100 yds it shoots in the .7-.8 range. I've shot enough marmots in the 300 yd range with it to be convinced that light rifles can shoot just fine. I've got another Kimber in .300 WSM on the way. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
Kimbers are a class act. If I was getting a new rifle, the Montana Kimber would be hard to beat for the cost. Semi-custom, without a huge price tag. They really do shoot & with the synthetic stock designed by Mervin Forbes for Kimber, their weight,balance, etc. is great. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
I'm a firm believer in lightweight rifles. After lugging a heavy 300 Wby. around WY for a few years, I decided to try a lightweight. I bought a 300 Win. Colt Lite and had Lonewolf restock it (stock cost more than rifle!),put an Answer brake on it, and a Leupold Compact 3x9. Entire rig weighs 6 1/2 lbs. This poor man's Ultra Light Arms is a pleasure to carry and shoot (shot my best group ever, 0.24",with it). Later, I bought (2) New Ultra Light Arms rifles used in 270 & 300 WSM with Vari-X III's on them and they weigh about 6 lbs. 12 oz. ea. with no brakes. Have shot 20-30 rounds each at range many times and recoil not a problem. They're both tack drivers! By the way, I'm 65 yrs. old, which is probably the main reason I'm tired of lugging heavies!!!
Testing with 58 gr v-max's and H414 the other day, my first 3-shot group with the Kimber Montana .243 went into .178 [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] I have another dozen rounds of this particular load ready to test, but don't have the time just now.