forget the stock, the whole gun for that matter. my question is why would somebody in their right mind move from tamaqua,( i assume pa. ,)to a place like montana. wont you miss the dreary winter days, and the hopelessness found in those old coal towns? just kidding of coarse, best of luck in your new venture.
i have no suggestions for you, but i do have a question what do you hunt when you go backpacking, deer, or what and if it is bigger game do you put the carcass between your teeth and walk out? or do you skin it and stay out till you ate teh whole thing? i am imagining a big burly guy with a 10 pointer in his teeth walking out of the bush terrifying some tourists out on a pavement safari
Savageman, the backpacking hunter typically bones out the buck, which reduces it to a manageable weight if a guy is in decent condition. I even just cut the top of the skull off, and haul it out with the antlers attached instead of the whole head.
I pack in fairly light, leaving a fair bit of room in and on my pack for a kill. As I've gotten older, I also allow time, in case I need to haul the deer out in one load, and return a day later for the rest of my gear.
BTW - back to the light rifle - I haven't made any effort to drop the weight of my backpacking rifles to any appreciable degree. I shoot a standard weight rifle better than I shoot an ultra-light, but that's just me. This year I just toted in my .25-06 Rem 700 CDL with a fixed 6x Leupold. It's a good shooting rifle that has taken several mule deer in the few years I've owned it. Light enough, and heavy enough for me.
I have a Rem 700 Titanium, trued action and featherweight Krieger barrel, in the original stock with Talley two piece lightweight rings and a Leupold 4.5-14x40 on it that weighs in at 6.5lb loaded, with sling. Caliber is 7mm-08.
Should consider the Ti action, I am trying to find, or might build a stock that is more comfortable for shooting prone, but the factory offering, which I belive is a Bell & Carlsen is quite ok.