Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?
On my deployment to Afghanistan every time we left the wire, our packs alone were 100lbs. Not counting the 65 lbs of protective gear, along with the 16.5 pound rifle, which is the light 1 btw.
It won't matter 1 bit if it's a long or short action, if everything you have is as light as money can buy. If you don't train for this, it will always be difficult. You could leave that 12lb rifle at home and still struggle hiking with the 50 lb pack. The problem isn't the weight, its your preparation.