Interesting brain food!
Being new to LR shooting I presumed I was the only one who has this question. Hopefully I don’t confuse the issue because I find it rather simple.
After shooting my custom 708 (Gunsmith A), I noticed “something” was different compared to my other rifles. The center of gravity (CG) appeared to be located under or very near the recoil lug. It really felt sweet…but being new, I didn’t know why. I couldn’t connect the dots.
This rifle (Gunsmith A) is unbelievable in craftsmanship and accuracy. If I ever feel the need to slap myself on the back about my precision reloading ability, I load up something, anything, for this rifle and it shoots lights out. Who cares, it makes me look/feel great…
My other custom rifle
just didn’t “feel” the same way and I finally picked up the phone and called the smith who made the one mentioned above (I am in Texas, he is in Oregon) and asked about CG. He made it simple and I just sent him my other custom rifle
(708 by Gunsmith B) and he simply uses lead shot to get the CG at or about the recoil lug.
Let me caution you, if you balance two of your rifles, my experience has shown me it is very similar to purchasing a Jewell trigger—if you buy one or two, you will never like your factory triggers. This ends up costing you another Jewell trigger…on each gun that doesn’t have one.
I am not here to spend your money…
Naturally, if weight is being added, the weight will increase. I can’t comment as to how that will affect your use of your carry rifle. I don’t carry. My long-range use is completely different, I presume, compared to most/all LR shooters and I don’t care a bit as to weight. My long range rifles are a tool.
I’ll leave it at that.