Re: Rifle Weight Vs. Distance capability...
I used to mountain climb a lot, before I started hunting, and I have some pretty light gear. Good gear is expensive but collect it over the years and its functional and light. Bivy sack, pad, Western Mountaineering bag=4 lb total. As a back up a 4lb Bibler tent that will generally stay in the truck. Layer with primaloft. MSR 3oz stove. Black Diamond backpack 3-4 lb. Powdered milk, oatmeal coffee, jerky, stay dry and light. I plan to hunt for the first time with a TRG22 .260 this year. With a Zeiss 4.5-14x50 scope it's 11 lb, which is a few lbs. more than the light rifles I've used in the past but it's such a nice gun. The only thing I don't feel great about it is offhand shooting. I think next year I will cut the barrel from 26" to 20". I don't mind losing some velocity for improved handling because my maximum range for hunting with that round is 600 yd. I like the new Barnes LRX 127 gr 6.5 mm, the groups are very tight at 300 yd. I'll be checking it out at longer ranges soon.