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Old 12-02-2009, 11:08 AM
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too heavy? please help

savage 10fp in mcm a5 stock- 10 lbs
then add base and scope (not sure which one yet)
add bipod

would this be too heavy to carry around in the field a little? most hunting rifles at stores are like 6 lbs... i was gonna have the barrel cut down to 20" which might save a pound or two. any help? thanks

oh and i wont be doing like backpack hunting, just carrying to the blind or some spot and stalk here and there.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:25 AM
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Re: too heavy? please help

I do a lot of hiking when I hunt. So I like to keep my walking rifle to under 9 lbs scope and all, but that's just me. Anyone else ???



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Old 12-02-2009, 11:59 AM
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Re: too heavy? please help

ya that makes sense. i mean im not gonna be climbing mountains chasing elk or anything but my place is sorta in the hill country. lots of up and down walking so i dont want to be lugging a 16lb gun...

im guessing if i cut the barrel and add optics and bipod it would come out to like 11 lbs. this seems manageable to me. im young and able, i guess i could get used to it. i just dont want to get sick of it and designate the gun to targets ya know? this is a lot of money for me to spend on a gun and i want to get it right the first time...

anyone else?
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:16 PM
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Re: too heavy? please help

In your shoes I would not cut down the barrel. A new Savage barrel in #4 is something you could install your self. Then you could have a swap barrel rifle.



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Old 12-02-2009, 12:25 PM
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Re: too heavy? please help

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In your shoes I would not cut down the barrel. A new Savage barrel in #4 is something you could install your self. Then you could have a swap barrel rifle.



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wait could you explain this a little more? not sure i know what you mean

like have a heavy barrel for benchrest and light barrel for hunting?
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Re: too heavy? please help

If I remember correctly an inch of barrel weighs about 2 ounces and you lose about 20-40 fps per inch.

I routinely carry 12 - 18 pound rifles for miles up and down mountains. Add to that a 40 pound pack and I will have done a good day of work by the time I get back to camp (especially if I start to find some interesting rocks and fossils that need to be put int he pack - I found a fossil rock seam yesterday while deer hunting and brought out three rocks).
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:59 PM
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Re: too heavy? please help

wow you lose speed when cutting the barrel down...? i thought i had read somewhere on the tacops website that 20" was like the prime length...?
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