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Unread 06-29-2012, 11:18 PM
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Re: Rifle weights... Opinions wanted

If you think you might want a lighter gun, you should probably get one.
If you only hunt praries, I would go around 14 lbs. Any kind of mountains, no more than 11 lbs. Alpine with a 40lbs+ pack under 10 lbs.
All my rifles are under 10 lbs, and they still get to resonable ranges. I dont feel the need for heavy rifles unless shooting ELR. That being said, I dont really like ultralite rifles (6-7lbs).
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Unread 06-30-2012, 06:56 AM
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Re: Rifle weights... Opinions wanted

My weight fully loaded with bipod, sling, etc. Is 10.75#, my preferred weight for the type of LR hunting I do, a mix of carry and stand hunting out to 1000 yards. My primary rifle is a 26" Cooper with a #6 fluted barrel and a Jackson Hunter synthetic stock, 6.5x284.

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Unread 06-30-2012, 09:17 AM
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Re: Rifle weights... Opinions wanted

I like to get up around timberline to hunt elk and I've never been one to sit for long and as we age I find now 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 lbs is about right for me. My 280AI weight 9 1/4 lbs and 284 is almost 9lbs same as the 30-338mag and I change packs last year when with the Eberlestock X2 save little weight over my old one.

I've rebuild lot starting 7 yrs ago may not have that heavier contour on a barrel that I'd like but now that I'm 70 didn't give up all that much with the smaller contour also I had my fun with the heavy barrels.

build what you want is my advise
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Unread 06-30-2012, 10:34 AM
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Re: Rifle weights... Opinions wanted

my 7mag weighs 13# without the bipods (which tend to be in the day pack), my light rifle is a 7# 270. when I head into the rougher country it's the 270, but I'm not going to shoot past 500yrds with it either. It has cost me a few shot opportunities but not so much that I've ever regretted it because it would have been hell to get an elk out of there anyway even with horses, besides I'm good enough at killing things in the worst possible location as it is, don't need to add to it.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.

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