Originally Posted by .280fan
If you want to stay in the 7.5# range, I think you're going to need to go with a slightly smaller diameter barrel. I say this from personal experience....
My .280 is a Rem 700 action, HS Precision stock, #4 douglas taper barrel (24") and with the scope, rings and bases (Bushnell 3200 10x, burris signatures rings and bases) the entire rig is 9#.
280 Has a good point.
All barrel makers have different numbers for there contours so don't think that a #5 Shilen
@ 4.25 lbs weighs the same as a #5 Lilja ( 4.0 lbs) so base your weight on the brand of
barrel to be used.
As I said earlier I have built quite a few rifles on the # 5 Lilja and with a laminate stock
and dressed out with a scope they weigh around 8 lbs so with a synthetic stock it should
weigh less than 7 and 1/2 lbs.
The #4 would surely weigh less than 7&1/2 lbs but it is not as strong/stiff as a #5 would
be and you could not hardly tell the difference when carrying it around (8 ounces).
Also don't mistake a taper for a contour there is a lot of difference.
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