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.
Larry, the compelling reason is simple. It's going to be a hunting gun, not a bench gun. I just don't want to tote around a boat anchor.
The stock Remington XP contour is too light (I have a heavy (0.92" muzzle dia 16.5" Encore that's heavier and is well under 7.5lb. Probably closer to 6.0-6.25 lb).
I've got an XP-100 in 7BR that bone stock and it's significantly lighter than the above mentioned Encore. It's (the bone stock XP) one draw back is the muzzle is too light and needs more weight out front for facilitating field shots from a rest. My Encore is about perfect for my preferences, in terms of balance, etc.
The other XP I have that's getting "fixed" will be setup somewhat similar in terms of barrel contour, at least in diameter.
If I were building a bench gun, I'd not have a concern for weight. As a hunting gun, I'd like to keep it some where in the 5.5-7.5 range.
I was hoping some of those with XP's would chime in with the weight of their guns, barrel contour and length so I'd get a better feel for what I could expect.