Originally Posted by phorwath
I've backpack hunted in Alaska for the past 32 years. Eleven pounds is about the maximum weight I'm willing to pack around in the wilds. Nine pounds is much more doable. I know two different guys that strained their shoulders carrying around 11+ pound weight rifles. Took them months to recover. If I'm going to cover a lot of ground in mountainous terrain, I won't carry any outfitted rifle that weighs more than about 9 1/2 lbs. But to each his own.
If I am carrying a rifle slinged - I defiantely agree with this! Deer hunting here in SE isn't a flat land affair. Your hiking to the tops of steep gnarly mountins to the alpine with a pack and gear.
I find that I can handle the weight of a heavier rifle as long as I have a good carry system.
I've been using the Kifaru gunbearer system which is worlds better than slinged. My only gripe would be that the side you have it on still gets strained as the weight distrubution is uneven. I am looking forward to trying out a gunslinger or similar pack from Ebelerstock to see how the difference of the integrated scabbord works.