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View Poll Results: weight
Under 9lbs 108 14.59%
9-11lbs 283 38.24%
11-13lbs 197 26.62%
13-15lbs 100 13.51%
over 15lbs 52 7.03%
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Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

 
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:26 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

I voted 15+ as I want to be prepared for the max distance of the rifle. That distance is 1500 for one rig and well beyond that for the other. One weighs 14.8 (270 AM) and the other 19 (375 AM).

My 8.5 pound rig (338 RUM) is relegated to walk and stalk with a 800 yd limit if a solid prone position can be achieved.

I "feel" I am more consistent with the heavier straight breaking rifle at ELR even though all three rifles are of equal accuracy potential at the shooting range.

Field conditions always, to me, favor the heavier rifle. Even better if a major portion of the weight can be behind the action.
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

Of all the guns I've shot in my life, I'd have to say; the ones that weighed 11 lbs or more shot the most consistently precise and consistantly accurate. IME, the rifles that weigh 9 lbs ready to go don't shoot so hot, especially in 25-06 and bigger calibers. Some lightweight 6mm and 22's shot good, but not all.

Just my experiences, plenty of others may shoot better than I can, but 11 lbs with scope, rings, bipod, sling and magazine full of ammo is about the lightest I can shoot consistantly well enough for long range............What I call long range is beyond 400 up to 1/2 mile maybe 1000. Anything over 1/2 mile is ELR in my book and calls for a dedicated LR ONLY rifle that should weigh more, and 15-20# wouldn't be too much. Just my $.02.

Jeff, how much does that LRKM you've ordered weigh with a NF 5.5-22X50 and good rings.??
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

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Of all the guns I've shot in my life, I'd have to say; the ones that weighed 11 lbs or more shot the most consistently precise and consistantly accurate. IME, the rifles that weigh 9 lbs ready to go don't shoot so hot, especially in 25-06 and bigger calibers. Some lightweight 6mm and 22's shot good, but not all.

Just my experiences, plenty of others may shoot better than I can, but 11 lbs with scope, rings, bipod, sling and magazine full of ammo is about the lightest I can shoot consistantly well enough for long range............What I call long range is beyond 400 up to 1/2 mile maybe 1000. Anything over 1/2 mile is ELR in my book and calls for a dedicated LR ONLY rifle that should weigh more, and 15-20# wouldn't be too much. Just my $.02.

Jeff, how much does that LRKM you've ordered weigh with a NF 5.5-22X50 and good rings.??
I agree with the above statement.

The LRKM will come in just under 16 lbs field ready. Still legal to hunt idaho.

Jeff
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

Savage 110 in 6.5 284. Weight 13.5 lbs. Viper PST 4-16x50, Stockade Prairie Dog Special. Max range about 1200 in my hands on stuff like prairie dogs, yotes and groundhogs. elk and deer sized critters i tend to not shoot past 800. shootin 140 bergers at about 2960.
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I agree with the above statement.

The LRKM will come in just under 16 lbs field ready. Still legal to hunt idaho.

Jeff
The nifty thing is that Shawn was able to create a design where the overall weight was minimized AND the majority of weight is in the but.

There are different mechanics involved when the majority of the weight is on the bipod i.e., barrel heavy.
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

it would vary depending on how a person hunts/shoots.
in nc pa the vast majority of lr hunting is from a stationary position. the steep terrain there dosent lend itself well to prone shooting in many cases. therefore heavier guns shot from portable benches are popular. over the last 10 years or so more and more hunters there have been moving away from the 300 weatherby and simililar type cases to larger ones. at least for the longer shots. thats where the heavier gun weight is more appriciated in my opinion. if your just taking it from a vehicle and carrying it a short distance what difference does it make as to how much it weighs unless your a diehard belly shooter.
i have lr guns weighing from 12 lb to 20lb and all the way to over 30lb.
ive shot friends guns weighing over 50 lb.
i personaly prefer the heavier ones.
especially when using 300 gr bullets and about a half pound of powder.
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

The 7mag weighs 13# loaded full up, When it's time for a new barrel it's getting a Lilja #7 with fluting, right now it has a #6 strait taper unfluted, really does become a PIA to pack around after a while. I figure just the barrel swap will shed 2# which should make it much friendlier to pack without doing bad things to shootability.
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