Lightweight long-range rifle weights?

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  1. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

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    I just got through putting together a lightweight long range rig. I built it from a Savage lightweight rifle. It ended up at 6lbs 11 ounces bare rifle. And aprx. 8lb 4 ounces scoped. I had a 16 ounce scope on it but i just wasn't satisfied with it since all my other rifles have 30mm tubes so I went with a 22 ounce vortex. Anyway just wondering what some of you other guys are averaging for weight on your scoped long range light carry rigs? IMG_20190916_203327104.jpg IMG_20190916_203503481.jpg IMG_20190916_203612114.jpg
     
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  2. lancetkenyon

    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    8lbs 13oz all in.
    Axisworks built .280AI
    R700 LA trued
    Fluted bolt, carbon fiber knob, TI firing pin, Wolfe Blitzschnell spring, alloy bolt shroud
    PT&G .250" recoil lug
    26" 1:9" Proof Sendero Light w. Hawkins 3 port brake
    Manners EH1 pillar bedded
    Rem factory alloy BDL bottom metal
    Shilen Match trigger @ 1lb 6oz
    Seekins alloy 20MOA Picatinny rail
    Seekins 30mm low rings
    March F 3-24×52
    Flatline Ops level
     
  3. baskhunter

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    I have been wanting to do a savage build similar to yours. Really wanting to end up in that 8-8.5# range for a packable long range gun.

    What are the specs of your rifle?
     
  4. kukusya

    kukusya Well-Known Member

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    Is that original stock?
     
  5. shphtr

    shphtr Well-Known Member

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    7 - 7.5 lb “all in”, that weight to include rifle, rings and bases, scope and sling.
     
  6. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's the original. I opened up the barrel channel.
     
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    7mm rem mag
    26" proof sendero contour 8.44 twist
    Nemo arms titanium muzzle brake
    Titanium bolt handle & carbon fiber knob
    Titanium action screws
    1lb pull weight factory accutrigger
    Leupold rifleman bases
    Vortex rings
    Japanese L.O.W. Vortex Intrepid 4.5-22x50
     
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  8. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

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    I could have went with Talleys and saved an ounce or so but I wanted to be able to change the scope out with more ease.
     
  9. Slick8

    Slick8 Well-Known Member

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    I'm having two built with carbon stocks, one with a proof barrel and one with a medium steel. Both should weigh about like yours.

    The 30 nos will have a break while the 6.5 will be running suppressed.
     
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  10. djfergus

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    The rifle was like new when I purchased it. $335 invested in the rifle in stock form.
    Purchased the scope for $412 new old stock from a member here in LRH.
    Less than $1800 total invested in the whole rifle scoped.
     
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  11. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    My personal preference in a LR rifle is a minimum of 10.5# fully loaded with scope(<28oz). This weight is manageable for carry and also gives me the stability for shots to 1200 yards.
     
  12. Goring2358

    Goring2358 Well-Known Member

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    I’m not the type of person to tell anyone what they can and can’t do. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, and it’s just my opinion. So take it for what it’s worth.
    A sub 6 lb “long range” hunting rifle is almost an oxymoron, and isn’t exactly a recipe for consistent LR accuracy. If you want a sub 6 lb gun to shoot 500-600 yards (about all the farther I would recommend for that weight rifle), spend the money on quality optics and develop a consistent sub MOA load and learn how to shoot and read wind.
    Any shooting over the 700ish yard mark and I’d aim for a rifle in the 7.25-8 lb base rifle weight. It’s that much easier to shoot.
     
  13. djfergus

    djfergus Well-Known Member

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    Have a 14 lb 300 Norma brux bbl with a Cronus, 15 lb 7mm stw bartlein barrel, 13 lb 6.5 creedmoor x-caliber barrel, and factory 700 sendero 7mm rem mag. I'm planning on trying to achieve repeatability at 700 yards with this particular rig and if it only ends up being 500- 600 yards, that's not a problem. But, yes, I agree a heavier rig is easier to be consistent with.
     
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  14. nathank

    nathank Well-Known Member

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    Awesome build, i have a build that is very close to that but shorter.

    Stainless Savage LWH Action
    18" Carbon 6 Barrel in 6.5CM
    Spectre Alluminium Brake (going to remove for hunting but its lighter than the thread cover lol)
    Titanium Bolt hand/carbon fiber knob
    Talley Lightweight rings
    Leupold 4-14x50 VX3I 30MM Tube Side Focus
    Factory Tupperware :/

    Comes in at 7.2LBS scoped
     
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