My steel barrel on that chassis and can weighs less, and it's not even a sporter profile barrel.
That’s not as simple as it’s written in reality. Well it is, but right now it takes a ton of time and a custom contour upcharge.Nah, you just have the company that is doing your barrel, make the end of the barrel a bit wider to accept those threads.
I have a Douglas featherweight profile barrel with 5/8 threads on it. The profile of that is .560 at the end, which you cannot put 5/8 thread on. I just had them bring it up to the minimum dimensions for 5/8 in the last inch or so. Just like you see on the Barrett Fieldcraft. Charged me like $50 extra to do that.
True story.The line is certainly a personal preference but you are right on the money. Scope selection is how I dictate the build. If I'm building a flatland rifle for deer/antelope i tend to use bigger optics and 10+lbs rig. At my age humping a 10lbs rifle in the mountains is not welcome so im back down to <8lbs. My personal limits are not yours so you might find it easy to take 12lbs of iron up a mountain and make a 700 yard shot. Those days are behind me. Lol
Couldn’t agree more. My hunting scenarios are almost always, big vantages with long distance glassing. Then getting as close as I can before setting up for a shot. It could be 200 yards, or could be 1000 yards. I like the idea of building the gun for the intended use. A 7lb magnum isn’t a dependably accurate long range rifle, and a long range rifle isn’t meant to be still-hunted with through the timber lol.There's a strong correlation between weight, muzzle energy, and precision, to the point you can estimate a rifle's precision with about 70% confidence given weight and muzzle energy. Heavy, low power rifles generally move less before the bullet leaves the barrel than light, high power rifles. That leads to less dispersion on the target. There's more to it than those 2 variables, but they have a significant impact on precision.
Both have their place. I wouldn't lug a 23lb rifle up a mountain chasing goats, nor would I take a 7lb rifle to a PRS match. If the goal is long range precision a heavy rifle is the way to go, but that needs to be balanced with the environment it's used in.
Couldn’t agree more. My hunting scenarios are almost always, big vantages with long distance glassing. Then getting as close as I can before setting up for a shot. It could be 200 yards, or could be 1000 yards. I like the idea of building the gun for the intended use. A 7lb magnum isn’t a dependably accurate long range rifle, and a long range rifle isn’t meant to be still-hunted with through the timber lol.
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My gun was recently finished, and should weigh about 11lbs 12oz with the 4-20 ATACR that I finally decided to put on it. Base rifle was exactly 9lbs
I went down in weight and back in time. I got rid of all my heavy barrels and synthetic stocks, even my McMillan. All my rifles except my little 22-250 wear wood stocks and the only rifle slightly over 9 lbs is my 300 wm. I prefer my 7 rm for hunting and it isn’t over 8lbs.
I live where many travel long distances to hunt. I spend more time in the woods carrying a rifle than many spend on the range or sitting and watching what ever game is on television. I want my rifles comfortable in the hand.
If given the choice of shooting at targets or being in the woods, I’m in the woods. If given the choice of a long range trophy or just a chance of getting another average 6x6 up close I say give me my bow and get out of my way. I’m just an old man that doesn’t mind working hard to harvest and doesn’t care about what’s trending.
My feminine stature over here needs just a little more weight to help with the recoil and seeing impacts haha. But I definitely would feel fine hunting with a 10lb 30 Nosler. But probably not an 11lb 33XC haha.All my magmums 30 nosler ect. 10lbs 338lapua/33xc 11lbs sweet spot.
Couldn’t agree more!! Also looking forward to how that ATACR is going to work out!Solid choice on the ATACR 4-20x50! That's what's going on my 300 NMI also. Great thread on rifle weight, it's nice to see where different setups end up for their intended use. Importantly, being intentional about the rifle weight can be a huge advantage. There's a place for lightweight rifles and a place for "heavier" setups too. They each have their limitations and advantages. Kinda feel like I've learned the hard or better yet "fun way"... haha. After trial and error like yourself I don't think I'll own a 30 cal magnum under 10 lbs scoped again. They just shoot so darn nice when properly weighted!! And on the flip side, there's still a place for 8-8.5 lb easier carrying rifles. Like a 6.5 prc or 7 saum! Balance is key!