Rifle carry weight for walking a few miles?

djfergus

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I know this has been done too many times but here goes again.
Not necessarily asking about a mountain rife for walking steep terrain but what is your preferred scoped with bipod total rifle weight for a couple miles of carrying on foot and being able to routinely make shots on game out to 800 yds or so.
 

Plinker147

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The ideal weight is going to be 9-10 lbs for most. the lighter you go the harder it is to make a 800 yd shot in hunting terrain and conditions. The guns seem to settle nice at that weight. Ideal shooting weight is going to be around 12+

I personally have lighter guns for the days I know I’m walking a bunch but my max shooting distance drops to around 600 yds. Not because of the guns accuracy but because of my ability to shoot a light gun in hunting conditions accurately
 

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My current setup (no bipod) comes in at around 12 lbs. I carried it coyote hunting/scouting this spring on a 7 mile trip and never felt like I wanted a lighter rifle.

For comparison, I'm 5' 10" and weigh about 165. So I'm not a big guy by anyone's standards.

That said, I don't concern myself with rifle weight much. I carry what I like to shoot, regardless of the weight.
 

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I know this has been done too many times but here goes again.
Not necessarily asking about a mountain rife for walking steep terrain but what is your preferred scoped with bipod total rifle weight for a couple miles of carrying on foot and being able to routinely make shots on game out to 800 yds or so.
If you are talking flat land to and from a stand or someplace like north dakota, I would say 20lbs. For a long time my coyote gun was around that and I didnt have a problem hauling it a mile from the truck and back to make a stand.

Mountains are a different story - my current rifle is around 10lbs, but my next one will be between 6-7 all in.
 

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I've got rifles with weight all across the board. My lightest long range rifle weighs right under 9 lbs scope bipod & sling and that's with 5-22x50 30mm tube scope. 26" bbl. I just finished up with a 27" 6.5 saum sprial fluted sendero contour. It ended up dead on 12 lbs with sling bipod & scope.
 

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Probably about 10-12lbs. A big factor is the carry system, as a crappy sling can make even a light rifle burdensome after a while. Strapped to or integrated into a pack system, I feel like it is much easier to handle a heavier rifle without noticing the additional weight. Slung I personally start to experience abrasions on my shoulders, especially when also carrying a hydration pack and/or bino harness. As a result, I like padded slings with a little bit of bungee in them, and avoid permanently attached bipods because their pointiest edge will always find your tenderest spots.
 

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Mine is also right around 10lbs when all said and done. I’ll also reiterate what some others have said. A lot of the battle is how you carry your rifle. I’m also a big fan of a quality scabbard attached to my pack. Makes a 10 lbs rifle feel like 5lbs.
 

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