I am in the process of stepping up to the 338 class, but I am having trouble deciding on the weight of rifle I should build! My first thought was to have a light rifle to be able to pack with. Now I am having second thoughts about the weight. I have read enough on this sight to know that as a rule of thumb weight helps with long range accuracy. So my question is, would making a 338 lapua light enough to pack take away from the caliber's potential at ELR?
I would not see a reason to want one under 11 lbs with scope and pod. If I wanted a lighter rifle than that I would drop back to a 300 win.
That said my 300 win is 11.6 lbs and I carry it in my pack. It will do anything I need a rifle to do out to 1000 and do it well. I think of the 338's for gong farther and want the weight for stability and reduced felt recoil to spot shots. Light 338's can get to jumping pretty good. Not saying the 338 Mags would not do a good job under 1000. They would indeed. Just not what I would want to be shooting in a light rifle.
My 338 lapua hunting rifle is 12.5 # scoped and with bi-pod for the life of me I don't know how you could make one much lighter..or if you would want to.
Here are the specs on mine
Proof research 26" Carbon Wrapped barrel, SMR single shot action, SMR SS 20 MOA Rail, Mcmillian M40-A stock, SMR Muzzle Break. Cerakoted OD Green Barreled action to match the stock vortex pmr rings and vortex 4-16x44 viper hs with xlr reticle. The pic shows it with a diffrent scope and bipod.
Thanks to both of u broz and 406! That was my Problem I was thinking that a heavier rifle would stand a chance of being more consistant at ELR, but I didn't know if I should try to make it as light as possible to pack with. I was afraid if I did go light with the gun I would be giving up some of its potential! Thanks again. U all have helped me out with my decision