Originally Posted by BuckSnort
Joseph, You are gonna be hating life if you plan on using that pack like that with hikes any more than 1 mile... Even with a total weight of 30 lbs you're shoulders are gonna be shredded... Not sure if you're hunt is gonna be a backpack style or just long day hunts but it may be worth it for you to look into a used Kifaru or something of the like..Something with load lifters.. There's good deals to be had on used Kifaru packs (T1, T2, and the duplex's) now that they came out with the new bikini frame...
Also look into a Kifaru Gunbearer for hauling you're rifle...I bought one last year, money well spent..
To the OP, sorry to derail the thread just trying to save a guy some headaches.. You're scabbard's look good I wish I had the resources and skill to build some of my own gear..
I don't pack both rifles at one time. I put both in plus 20 lbs. to walk up & down my street which is 1/4 mile long and at about a 35 degree angle. I would do that 4 times every day to get in shape for my Wyoming hunt. Should have seen the looks I got with 2 rifles sticking up out of my pack.
As for putting the barrel down I can bend over and reach over my shoulder and slide the rifle out without having to spin it around. My right hand grabs the pistol grip and is in position to put my finger in the trigger guard and be ready to shoot. I tried it with the barrel up and found it way out of balance and was harder to retrieve it out of the back pack. OH, by the way caring your rifle in the middle and against your back is very comfortable and helps to keep you balanced.
This pack is just like our Marines use and they are padded exactly where they should be. I never got tired because of the lack of comfort of the pack. I am 6' tall and weigh 235 and was 65 when I did all of this. OH, I did quit smoking 15 years earlier.
PS: Your whole torso supports the pack not just your shoulders.