Originally Posted by HellsCanyonArmory
What are your views on this for yourself personally?
The last few years I've been hunting and packing a 12.5 lb rifle on some pretty knarly hunts and while it serves double duty as my competition rifle, it is a bit heavy for backpack trips. Though I do feel comfortable out there on game to 700 yards or so depending on conditions (steel much farther). We are in the process of putting together a 300 Norma in hopes of it performing well enough to be our large 30-cal option for our upcoming hunting rifles. Trying to get rifle without scope to come in under 9 lbs.
Where do you draw the line for packing rifle weight? Do you feel the added distance capabilities of a semi-custom rifle is worth the extra weight over your typical factory Tikka/Rem/Savage? I'm trying to see what the majority consensus is as you are all potential customers, and we want to put rifles together that fit you and your hunting style! Thanks for the input ya'll...
In My opinion a rifle about the size and weight of a Sendero is near perfict for all round
weight,accuracy and usability.
The up side to a heaver rifle is steadiness under all conditions (Wind,out of breath,poor position
I believe in sacrificing weight in other areas (What goes in your pack)rather than in the rifle.
I once hunted with a friend that carried a six pack of coke in his pack and complained about
the weight of the rifle. It 'was' nice to have a coke on occasion as long as he was carrying it.
Lighter rifles can be made to shoot very well under normal conditions, but how often have
conditions been perfict in all categories while hunting ?
So in truth, it is just a matter of opinion how much weight is the best compramize.
I personally like a dressed out rifle to weigh between 10 and 12 pounds for longer distances
in the mountains where packing is required. 12 to 14 pounds where long shots are the norm
and distance to pack is under 4 or 5 miles.
The only advantage a light rifle has is weight. all other advantages go to the heavy rifle.
9 to 10 pounds is about my minimum weight preference where long shots are the norm.
Where Shots are under 3 or 400 yards, weight is not a consideration IMO.
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