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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 11-27-2012, 10:16 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

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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.
Well, that is good for the pocket book but not so much for the gun collection!

What cartridge is your Allen precision?

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Old 11-28-2012, 01:27 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

You're right Scot E.
I have about shot the barrel out of the Cooper, and expect to rebarrel it this summer. It is currently a 22-250, and I have been debating staying with this caliber and a fast twist barrel, or going to the 6XC. My preference would be another 22-250 AND a 6.5-284 in the custom Sendero type. Damn back surgery is using up all my new gun budget for the next year or two.

The Allen Precision is a 270 WSM.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:14 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

I'm at 14 pounds 3 ounces, so far with my build. Though that depends on if you count ammo or not.
  • 171.2 oz Gun: Savage 110 FCP HS-Precision .338 Lapua Magnum, part 19481
  • 23.0 oz Scope: Vortex Viper PST 10-24x50 FFP w/ EBR-1 MOA reticle, part PST-624F1-A
  • 4.8 oz Rings: EGW Heavy Duty 30mm Tactical 7075-T6 Aluminum Matched pair, part 61100
  • -0.3 oz* Rail: EGW Heavy Duty 7075-T6 Aluminum 20 MOA rail, part 80332
  • 13 oz BiPod: Harris 9-13" swivel bipod, part HBL-S
  • 8.2 oz MonPod: **Accu-Shot Precision Monopod - mid-range locking QK02 knob, part BT05
  • 0.43 oz Butler Creek Flip-Open Ocular Lens Cover - 40.8mm, size 14, MO20140
  • 0.54 oz Butler Creek Flip-Open Objective Lens Cover - 58.7mm, size 43, 30430
  • ~6.0 oz ***Slogan Long Magnum HD Firearm Sling, part 023483
*This was the difference from replacing the standard 20MOA EGW rail that came with the 110 FCP HSP and upgrading to the HD rail

**I have not ordered this yet, as I am waiting to see what heighth is best, if anything it may be one of the shorter models

***I have not ordered this yet, as I am still on the fence on slings, but this is what I am leaning towards
Total - 226.87 ounces or 14 pounds 2.87 ounces

Course this doesn't count any rounds that I might have in the magazine. At 726.6 grains each times 5 rounds, I may have another 3,633 grains to carry or another 8.304 ounces (~ 1/2 pound); but hey, who's counting ;-)

I'm also looking into the NightForce ADI (Angle Degree Indicator) with mount, part A121; but not sure yet. Still looking around on this. I may just use my rangefinders built in.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:24 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

PantherCreek,
Think about using an Eberlestock pack instead of a sling. My 13.5 lb long-ranger quickly becomes a drag to carry with a sling, but my Eberlestock Gunrunner, bought here from the LRH store, is a nice day pack and carries the rifle nicely. It is pretty quick to get the rifle out too.
I have a new ACI I need to sell, if you're interested.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:20 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

Thanks COBrad, I will definitely check that out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:25 PM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

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PantherCreek,
Think about using an Eberlestock pack instead of a sling. My 13.5 lb long-ranger quickly becomes a drag to carry with a sling, but my Eberlestock Gunrunner, bought here from the LRH store, is a nice day pack and carries the rifle nicely. It is pretty quick to get the rifle out too.
I have a new ACI I need to sell, if you're interested.
Ditto. Anything over 10lbs is going to wear on you if you are traversing rough terrain like where most of the big game is.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:42 AM
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Re: Long Range Hunting Gun Weight

I like a 12 poundish rifle. Its been my experience that shots past 800 yrds on game can be tricky with any gun and caliber unless you have practiced a lot. I won't take a shot past 800 yrds on game so that allows me to use smaller calibers and go with lighter rifles. I feel anything under 9.5 lbs is just too light unless you are only shooting out to 300 yrds or so. All these big huge magnum cartridges I feel are overkill and a good shot placement is the most important thing. Just my 2 cents...
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