Re: Why does my long range rifle have to weight 12lbs +?
Most of my hunting is back pack mountain climbing as well. As it is, my packs going in are anywhere from 50-60# depending on how long I'm going and what the size of the game is, sometimes more. Adding 10-15# to my pack is very noticeable and past my comfort zone. Coming out my packs might be 100-125# but its a mental thing. Packing trophies out makes the pain more acceptable! its usually down hill as well. granted down hill is harder on the knees with heavy loads, it's still easier. I don't carry my rifles in my back pack. I carry them by hand. Used as a walking stick. It gets swung all day. To me the difference between 11# and 12# is the difference between comfortable and uncomfortable. I find that what gets the most sore is the elbow. I've had tennis elbow from packing 12# plus rifles. Never with 11. My 6.5 is just under 10.5# without anything in the magazine. A tad over with ammo. It is very comfortable and pleasant for me to carry. I'm approaching 40 and maybe in 10 years 10.5# might be uncomfortable but for now it's good. I'll always have rifles as heavy as I am comfortable carrying. They move less in higher winds or on softer ground.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.