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Old 08-13-2012, 12:29 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

Thanks for the replies everyone they are much appreciated... always good to get some insight into potential customers! ;)

Hopefully we'll have a good new announcement coming out soon that will have some of you excited!

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:56 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

I carry a Sendero on back country hunts, it has served me well to 700 yards. Some day I will build a lightweight rig, but to be honest I would not trust it to the same distance regardless of the builder. Target rifles are heavy for a reason.

I prefer to hunt with the heaviest rifle my conditioning allows and cut weight elsewhere vs going to a light rifle. Given I'm still running 2:3X in the marathon in my mid-30s, the lightweight long range rifle is still pretty far down my gun-related wish list. ;)
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:03 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

I'll agree with the several other posters here who think the Sendero is just about the ideal compromise between weight and heft. I use a 13.5 lb long range rifle, and have made kills on varmints over 1100 yards, but it's heavier than I'm going to pack around on an elk hunt. My elk rifle is 8 lb scoped and is really nice to carry. So far it has shot well out to 500 yards. My next long range hunting rifle will be a custom sendero type rifle. I would expect 1K yard capability on big game with this platform.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:17 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

Its funny as I have spent countless dollars to cut OUNCES off other hunting items of mine to get my backcountry pack setup between 30-35 lbs depending on 3-7 day trips for sept early october hunting. Then when I strap on that 12.5 lb rifle I ALWAYS chuckle at the irony... ;)

Honestly we've seen rifles built at <9 lbs shoot just as good cold bore 3 shot groups as our heavy >13 lb competition rifles. The main areas we see performance is when you are shooting a timed multi-stage course where you might throw 18-20 rounds down range in under 2 minutes! As soon as you get over a few shots with the lighter contours you will have to worry about that barrel heating up vs. a heavier/stiffer barrel.

We are hoping to be right at the 9-9.5# mark with optics (think Vortex PST).

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:19 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

My 264WM weighs in at 10.5lbs ready to hunt with it's new larger scope and thumbhole stock. It is my "flatland" rifle, and I am waiting on a barrel for a custom 270 win I am having built that will be at 8.3lbs hunting weight. I'm not a true long range hunter though, I get close when possible. 500yds is my current limit I'm comfortable shooting at game, but I practice regularly at 600. I will be building a 300 magnum at some time in the near future that will also be fairly light.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:43 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

hellscanyon, I took a look at your web site but did not see any rifles. Did I miss the tab? Would like to see your work.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:52 PM
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Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...

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hellscanyon, I took a look at your web site but did not see any rifles. Did I miss the tab? Would like to see your work.
You have not missed anything and thanks for clarifying... My hunting partner/bestfriend/business partner has been building rifles for a number of years now. He was the former CFO at Seekins Precision and helped get me started in the industry. We are in the planning stages of bringing to the market HCA hunting rifle packages as well as tactical match rifles. Hope to have the first official HCA rifles built by October but may push it into winter as this time of year gets rather hectic and we want to make sure we have things lined out pretty good before we start taking orders.

Here's my hunting rifle that I helped him build a few years ago and she's still shooting like a champ... That .63" is overall group minus .284" for bullet diameter. Would've been better had I not had a slight wind sneak up on me. ;)


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