Re: What rifle configuration.??
Its not the stocks that cause the torque in the bags, its tight twists. A 14.5 to 15 twist can GREATLY reduce all that torque. The only problem is that then you are stuck with 130's-155's in a 30 cal. but with the slower twist they can be launched faster making up for the energy loss in a lighter bullet.
My favoraite configuration is a 700 accurized action, 26-28" heavy barrel with a 14-15 twist in a 308 with a McMillan M40A1 stock, shooting 155 palma bullets. This gun will rival a 7mm Rem that uses 140s to 150s without all the recoil and 2 times the accuracy. This config weighs 14-15 pounds depending on what scope and this includes a bi-pod. This is still a decent amount of weight to pack. Unlike those bench guns.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.