Weight of LR gun- to manintain Accuracy

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by rvander1, May 23, 2010.

  1. rvander1

    rvander1 Member

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    Hi,
    I have a custom benchrest 1000yd gun: McMillan MBR Stock, Nesika Action, Krieger Barrel, Nightforce scope. Caliber: 6.5-284.
    I've competed a little bit at Williamsport, but that's a 3+ hour drive (each way) from where I live, so I'm converting this benchrest gun to a long range hunter and maybe a light F-Class.
    I'm getting a McMillan A5 tactical stock, and a new krieger barrel.

    Question: the gun currently weighs 17 pounds (in benchrest config).
    Does anyone know how much weight I can take off the barrel (so I can carry the gun in the field easier) and not sacrifice long range accuracy?

    Thanks in advance,
    Bob
     
  2. Robbin

    Robbin Well-Known Member

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    I have a Bench Rest gun that is 17 pounds in 6.5X47 Lapua. Not as accurate as I would like but it's a .5 MOA gun to 800 yards (as far as my range goes) when I do my part. I wanted to hunt with the same round so I had an encore barrel made with the same reamer. The encore weighs 8 pounds and it's a .5 MOA gun to 800 yards when I do my part. The light encore barrel over heats and walks the POI long before the bench gun gets warm to the touch. But I got it to hunt with.

    They have weight classes for a reason, but you either have a shooter or you don't....