Who hunts with a chassis

BrentM

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Yep, scope and mount could add 2lbs + easy. I might try it in both weighted and unweighted configurations and see how it goes.

Practicing in same configuration as hunting makes sense.
10 with a good brake should not be bad at all to shoot well. The 300 torques and pushes a bit but nothing crazy with good support. I bet you'll wind up shooting without adding the weights. Just don't make the mistake many do and not practice positional. Magnums tend to react poorly to awkward and unstable positions at the worst times.
 

Possum Cop

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Im in the process of building a new rifle and though I like the looks of classic stocks, I prefer shooting with a chassis. I have a savage .260 that wears an XLR chassis and I love it, but my god, it weighs more than my truck. With that said, I’m putting together a new .300 WM.

I just bought an ARC nucleus long action with 20 moa base.
I plan to build it with a 28” carbon 6 bull (3.3xx lbs estimate per them).

The interesting thing is XLR has their “element 3.0” magnesium chassis, with the lightest setup they claim 28 oz! If I’m reading correctly that’s completely dressed including their carbon buttstock and grip!.
That seems to weigh even less than the traditional rifle stock with bottom metal.

So, for those of you that hunt with a chassis, what is the weight of your setup? What are you hunting with it, and how far are you carrying it? Is there anything else I should be looking at for stock/chassis options that is lightweight? This will MOSTLY be taken along for plinking but I will be packing it in CO for elk. For reference, The rifle I took last year was a browning max LR with 24” bartlein weighing in at 12lbs dressed.
I hunt with a CHRISTENSEN Arms MPR in .308 16” barrel with a Harvester 338 Big Bore suppressor, Carbon Bipod, Leupold Mark 4 3.5-10x40 scope with Mark 4 rings, with five 178 grain ELDX bullets, whole rig comes up to 11.6 pounds.
I shoot this set up at deer and pigs up to 400 yards, targets out to 600 yards.
It has a carbon handguard and doesn’t get cold 😁
 
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Rick Richard

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I am looking at this option also since the chassis has so many ways it can be adjusted.

I spoke to Ryan Pearce and he quoted a weight for a completed rifle using a Proof barrel,Element chassis and including the mag at 8 lbs and 7 ozs. That is about 10 ozs more than an equivalent say Manners stock with built in cheek rest.

I think with improvements in weight reduction the chassis will become more popular in the future as a hunting rig option.
Hunted with mine in New Mexico for elk this fall and found it to pack/carry very well. I do like the ability to adjust it in various ways to fit me.
 

BrentM

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You running a folding stock version? How does it work out for sling carry?
I know you didn’t ask me but the chassis usually has multiple sling points via a qd button release. I found the chassis to sling very well and carry front style sometimes and don’t have to unsling to shoulder. Pretty cool actually. I use the folder a lot.
 

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