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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 11-04-2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

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Well I believe I will only talk of what I know on this, and not what I have read. I feel your 9.5 lb rifle would be pretty good to 1000 for hunting and able to hold 1 moa if it was a quality build and fit you well. And even better at your 880 yrd limit. For this rifle I would shave the weight in the scope area, and leave all I could in the barrel.

My 6 br sends 107 SMK's

Jeff
A couple followup questions then

So if I wanted the same gun above to hold 1/2 MOA what weight do you think I would have to move up to?

Also, how much weight for your 300 Win Mag to shoot 1 MOA and .5 MOA at 1000 yards?

Scot E.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:07 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

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A couple followup questions then

So if I wanted the same gun above to hold 1/2 MOA what weight do you think I would have to move up to?

Also, how much weight for your 300 Win Mag to shoot 1 MOA and .5 MOA at 1000 yards?

Scot E.
Well what I can tell you for sure is all my rifles will hold a 1/2 moa average at 1000 for 3 shot groups. The 300 win weighs in at 11.6 lbs in full dress with bipod, a NXS and a 28" sendero contour tube. Plus the rifle fits me very well. For a serious 1000 yard hunting rifle I don't want a lighter rifle. But then I dont want a smaller caliber either. It just is not my preference anymore. So I will suggest you find a close to caliber rifle like you want to build that is 10 lbs or so and shot a 1000 yard group and see if you like it. I would think that would be doable.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:24 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

I have an LRKM coming from Shawn and Bob and it will be my primary long range gun. It will be just under 16 lbs loaded and w/ bipod as per similar w / Broz and his. Then I still have an old 300 WBY Mark V synthetic, with a 26" Douglas Midweight barrel that was put on 20+ years ago when I rolled a horse over it packing out a bull from high in the Madison range in a rough canyon on the last day of the MT rifle season. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have put on a heavier barrel, maybe even changed caliber. It comes in at 11.6 lbs loaded with sling, with a Leopold 2.5-10 on it. Im thinking of a re-barrel and some work on it now for long range and an NXS scope also. Its a 1/2 + to 1 MOA shooter right now, for 3 shot groups but would like it to be better. I have @ 300 rounds of brass for the WBY that is all under 3 firings. So Im considering what to do with it now for a more packable long range gun. I still hike hard and long, so a packer is still in my game plan. Ive seen a few nice WBY rebuilds on the site, but not many area Gunsmiths here will work on them. I need to figure this out soon to get it back for next late summer to shoot a bunch prior to hunting season. I would also like to build a 6.5 x 284 for long range, Choices!

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Old 11-25-2012, 05:34 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

Wish this site has "Like" button similar to the Face Book. I really enjoy this thread, so informative. Thanks to the thread starter and every body providing view and information.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:01 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

First day of white tail in PA tomorrow. I have two guns set up, gonna sit all morning in the tree with my Lapua weights in @ 15.5lbs loaded. if Luck doesn't favor me I am taking the 300win for a walk cuz it's only 9.25lbs. Guess there is no one weight that works for everything. lol
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:33 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

I have a 338 LM that weighs in at 10 1/4 lbs without the NF 5.5-22x NSX. With the scope added this rifle still has some pretty good recoil shooting the 300 SMK's, even with it's sm Pain killer break. It makes it difficult to spot my shots, although the rifle is very accurate. The rifle has a Lijia #5 stalker barrel contour. Knowing what I know now, I would oped for at least a Sendero or #7 fluted barrel countor now. My 338 RUM has a Kreiger #8 fluted and I can spot my shots, but it's a bit heavy.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:21 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

My LR rifle weighs in at 13.5 scoped. It is as much weight as I want to carry in the high mountains where I hunt.
I have envisioned another rifle, similar to my Cooper varmint rifle, or the Remmy Sendero, as an ideal LR carry rifle. My Cooper runs 10.5 lbs scoped with an IOR 6-24x50, according to the bathroom scale.
My current carry rifle is an Allen Precision that runs about 8 lbs scope with a NF 2.5-10. It has been shooting minute of marmot as far as 600 yards this fall.
Yesterday I was shooting it at 842 yards, and it was still shooting sub-moa. There may be no need for my custom Sendero after all... I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not.
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