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Old 09-28-2013, 02:41 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

Theres really 4 options.
1. Eberlestck style scabbard thats built in-good protection yet SUPER HEAVY
2. Adding a scabbard to an existing pack
3. Kifaru gun bearer
4. Stone glacier rifle carrier

You can just strap it to the pack but thats not a tailored solution.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:11 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

Ok here's my 2 cents worth. For day hunts this year i am using an Eberlestock gunrunner. What i like about this pack is that the rifle is centered on the pack and close to my back. Also i can access the rifle quickly. The rifle is also protected in the scabbard. I think the pack carrys lighter with the rifle close to the boddy. What i dont like so much id the fact that the rifle has to be removed so that i can sit down.

I use a different setup for longer trips and i have to lash the file to the side of the pack. I dont mind the side load too much because i put the tripod and spotter on the other side. What i dont like is the fact that i have to remove my pack to get to the rifle.

To me the best setup would be a setup that allows for gun removal while wearing the pack and also provide some protection for the rifle. I also feel that the barrel sticking way above my head is worse than the barrel or butt below the pack.

My rifle weighs about 10.5 lbs with a bipod attached.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:20 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

Hmm. Here's my opinion.

The eberlestock's don't hold enough gear for real backcountry sheep hunting. If you add their super duffel or whatever it is the weight is way too far back. Their scabbard system works well for day hunts but like already posted you can't sit down for a quick break and when descending a steep hill I have to take it out so I don't hit the muzzle and then I can't really get the rifle back in with out taking the pack off because its loaded up.

I like to take a quick break with out taking the pack off because its kind of a pita to be taking a 60ish lb pack on and off and readjusting it to fit every time for a five minute breather.

Just like you, I can't get used to the kifaru system. It's just not right for me.

I run mystery ranch packs and put the rifle in the water bottle pocket like you do and I balance it out on the other side with water bottles and spotting scope. When I'm up on top of the hills and not concerned about bears I strap it in just like you have yours. Problem is, as you know it's not coming off without taking off the pack if you need it. I have tried to use accessory straps and buckle the top strap that secures the rifle to a point where I can un buckle it but it pulls too much on the shoulder straps when it's tight and makes the pack a little off balance and uncomfortable to wear. What I end up doing when I'm going through the timber on my way up and want the rifle available is putting it in the water bottle pocket with the shoulder sling around my head. It works but it pulls on your neck after a while. Or I just carry it.

If you're looking for opinions/suggestions I would love to see a pack that carries my rifle butt down not much lower than my waist belt, has 6500-7000 cubic inches of volume, is an internal frame( to keep weight down because ounces add up to lbs), is as tough as my mystery ranch packs and if possible a little lighter but not at the expense of quality and allows the rifle to be easily/quickly removed if needed. As well as being able to put it back in while wearing it. The deal breaker is being able to sit on a log, rock or stump without having to take it off or bump my rifle.

I don't think it's an easy task as I'm not aware of something with these qualities yet and I would tend to think that mystery ranch would of nailed it already if it was easy. I'm not trying to knock you or your company at all with that statement.

I hope you do try to make something like this and also that you join as a sponsor so Len doesn't remove all these posts especially since I actually typed it all by finger pecking :-)
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:10 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

Even though .284 and i have different needs in a pack i think the thing we both agree on is that we want to be able to remove and replace the rifle while wearing the pack.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:14 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

On my day pack I use a Gunslinger Corral compact rifle holster fastened to the waist strap of my pack with a safety strap around the opposite shoulder strap.

Because of the type of hunting we do in the UK your rifle needs to be ready at any moment just a quick squeeze on the safety strap and a popper near the trigger guard and the rifle is in your hand.

It is also handy when crawling as the rifle stays on your shoulder.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:10 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

++++1 on the gun slinger corral...I use one on my eberlestock j107.. and have for 2years now, a few hundred miles on it in Wyomings toughest back country, I pack a legit 60 -70 lbs in every year and the 10.5 lb gun isnt noticed what so ever... When I come down with a big buck the gun is in the corral and my hands are free for my ski poles...very quick to get gun out ..great product...
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:42 PM
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Re: Rifle Carry Options

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Originally Posted by Ultramag45 View Post
++++1 on the gun slinger corral...I use one on my eberlestock j107.. and have for 2years now, a few hundred miles on it in Wyomings toughest back country, I pack a legit 60 -70 lbs in every year and the 10.5 lb gun isnt noticed what so ever... When I come down with a big buck the gun is in the corral and my hands are free for my ski poles...very quick to get gun out ..great product...
Would you be able to post a pic using the sling with your j107?
Thanks
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