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Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

 
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:43 PM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

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The one thing I learned a long time ago is to ditch the hunting branded backpacks, and stick to the technical packs. You’ll typically save a few pounds depending on the pack, and they are almost always more comfortable to carry.
This is something I have also found to be true. I ditched a very popular hunting pack and went back to a technical backpacking rig. I've used a lot of packs in my life including just about all the military versions. I have not found a dedicated hunting pack yet that has a quality suspension system similar to the "technical" packs used for climbing/backpacking. I have not had problems attaching my rifle to my Gregory.

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Old 12-03-2011, 04:24 PM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

I'm getting older, and leave most of the weight at camp. I have light weight rifles for tromping around and very heavy rifles for use on a log landing and do not want the two sports getting mixed up too awfully much! Why would someone want to pack a heavy rifle around all day - One very popular reason for the featherweight mountain rifle in its appropriate cartridge choices. I don't think there are too many people that will deny the accuracy and lethality to deer sized animals with some of the smaller cartridges that are appropriate for feather weights, unless you happen to be in Australia or some place that has deer the size of small Elk. 4lbs. is a lot of weight if you do not need it and then how about packing 1 lb of bullets instead of 2. it all adds up. We can insult physics and barrel harmonics, but it isn't too often that I can get away with disrespecting it and slapping it in the face - !00 percent in agreement with the original question - Why? and now pose it as a statement!
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:47 AM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

Like most everyone id love to carry a lighter rifle and i keep saying to myself the next long range rifle i set up will be lighter, but the truth is heavier and longer rifles outperform lighter shorter rifles. Those of us who really want to get EVERTHING out of our favorite cartridges just dont want to sacrifice ANY acurracy for 3-4 lbs. Ill just work a little harder and tote it. Having said that i hope to be proved wrong as lighter SOUNDS great!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:28 AM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

A rifle's weight has little to do with the accuracy they can produce. But heavier ones are easier to shoot accurately; they absorb more recoil while bullets go down their barrel and are easier to hold steady while aiming.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:47 AM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

While I agree with Bart for the most part, I have seen and it stands to reason as well that a heavier barrel will be less affected by the very slight differences in charge weight and primer flash in ammunition that one might see from one round to the next. The heavier barrels/rifles will absorb more of the changes in vibration/harmonics caused by a slightly warmer or cooler load, making it easier to find an accurate load for the rifle. A lighter weight barrel will naturally flex more when it is fired and will be harder to make it do exactly the same thing every time with even the very slight differences seen from one round to the next in even the most maticulously loaded ammo. However once you find a good load for a light weight barrel that it consistently shoots well, provided you are willing to put in the time necessary to do so (most here certainly would), the weight of your rifle/barrel will make little difference and it comes down to the man pulling the trigger.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:06 PM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

Accuracy is definitely about the shooter first and foremost, but whether its that heavier guns are easier to shoot or inherrently more accurate or both i dont know.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:33 PM
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Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?

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The heavier barrels/rifles will absorb more of the changes in vibration/harmonics caused by a slightly warmer or cooler load, making it easier to find an accurate load for the rifle.
Another popular myth.

A barrel's metal and shape define the frequency and their harmonics it vibrates at. They are the same for all loads fired.
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