Originally Posted by kcebcj
My hunting style along with the terrain has changed now that I'm older but when I used to backpack hunt the rifle weighed 8 1/2lbs fully loaded and with the sling on and there were times that felt like a brick. Today the rifle I use is pushing up against 11lbs but the shots are more cross canyon here where I live and I use horses to get to where I want to hunt. Still do half day hikes or so but would not want to carry this rifle on a 3 day backpack trip.
Don't things feel lighter "down under" :-))
Exactly. Heavy; heavy barreled rifles are to be "transported" to a location and then used. By horseback...or 4 wheeler...or ?? shot from a blind of some sort; or at least hid by schrubbery or ??...and then the object is retrieved.
Transporting heavy ( barreled) weapons came into play when I worked at getting a combat infantry badge in basic
My long ranger(s) weight in at about 12 lbs MINUS the scope!! Carry arounds about 8 1/2 and I wish it were less.