What kind of barrel contour would it take to keep the total weight of an XP-100 under 7 1/2 lbs, maybe even under 7 lbs, including scope, stock, etc. (ready to hunt).
Components I'll be using:
1. Scope: I'll be using, initially, a Burris 3x-12x scope.
2. Stock: an Aaron's stock.
3. Scope base: a weaver style or picitinny base such as EGW or similar
4. Scope rings: 3 scope rings of the Weaver quad-lock style (cheap, and work very well, plus give the option to remove scope easily if needed - I've used this ring on heavy kicking Encores for several years and they work great).
5: Barrel: I plan to go with a 17" barrel
Now, I haven't weighed an XP action without barrel, so I don't know the exact weight (I could weigh a 221FB barreled action and get pretty close...) of that action.
However, considering the above components, will it be possible to keep the total weight down under 7.5 lbs if I go with a contour such as a modified heavy Palma (Using Brux contours as an example, I'd simply modify their dimensions so that the muzzle is at 0.850" instead of the 0.900" they list) is it possible to keep the weight under my specified goal?
Another way to state it: What's the heaviest barrel contour I can use and not exceed 7.5 lbs.?
As stated above, I plan to go no longer than 17" (maybe even go 16.5", but most likely go 17") in length.