My first post... here goes!
Up until now, my shooting has been limited to older cartridge, lead bullet types (.30-30, .38-55), as well as various handguns, which function at much lower pressures and velocities than this new rifle. I also have a wonderful CZ 527 Varmint in .204 Ruger. I handload for everything I shoot and I cast all my bullets, except of course for the .204 and the new gun. I frequently shoot targets at the two gun clubs I belong to, purely for the recreation and enjoyment of it.
I recently purchased my first higher-powered rifle, a Savage FCNS in 7mm-08. This rifle, with it's 22" sporter barrel and hollow plastic stock, is pretty lightweight. My first loads were 140 grain Sierra BT's with varying amounts of AA2520. While the recoil wasn't too uncomfortable, it certainly made the gun jump off the bags! After about 20 (well spaced) rounds, I decided it jumps a little too much
While the jury is still out on this barrel's potential accuracy (I have other bullets and powders to try) I would like to reduce the recoil. I'm thinking a 24-26" varmint barrel might be a good start and later some add some weight in the butt stock, if needed. A 9-10lb. rifle would not be objectionable and would be a 2-3lb. increase over this rifle's current 6.9lbs. (plus the scope). I'm also considering a Harris bipod and a rear monopod, which will add a little more weight.
This is a problem I haven't had to deal with before, so I guess I'm asking: is this a good approach?
Thanks in advance.