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Author Topic: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?  (Read 1433 times)

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Re: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2017, 12:23:41 PM »
I have a 9 pound rifle all up and wish it was lighter. Call me crazy.


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That's what muzzle brakes are for.
If you want lighter then get the ultra lite .300 win mag with brake,Tell us how you like it.  :tup:

My current rifle weighs less than 9 pounds with a 4-16x scope on it, is a .300 win mag with a brake and I love shooting it. I can watch the bullets hit the target through the scope.  I could probably lighten it up a little with a smaller scope if you want? Maybe get down to 8.5 pounds? That's pretty darn light for a scoped rifle.

My buddy shoots a 6#(bare) .300 win mag and he enjoys shooting it now that it has a brake. His scoped rifle is probably 8.5# all up?


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Re: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2017, 12:39:28 PM »
Nice!  :tup: yeah i think we must be talking scoped only in this conversation since were talking 400 yard shots. 8.5 9 even 10.3 pretty average weight as i stated for a big game hunting rifle.  :tup:
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Re: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2017, 12:57:02 PM »
The Op mentioned 400 yards range, and 30-06 is their max recoil tolerance.   Most factory rifles with a 3-9x40 scope will get into the 8-8.5lb range and perform well to 400 yards in a variety of calibers, although slightly larger scope would be preferred for 400 yards for my eyes.   For example, a Browning X-Bolt Stainless Stalker comes in at 6.5lbs in 308, and adding scope and rings should be able to get in the 8lb range and meet the range and recoil constraints listed.

I echo most others' advice of 7.5-9.5 lbs range.  My 8lb rifle gets carried the most, unless I'm in an area of long range shot opportunities then I pack the 9.5lb gun with the larger scope.   I wouldn't want to pack an 11lb or 12lb rifle around for long. 





 

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Re: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2017, 01:22:34 PM »
lol I have light rifles and always seem to carry the 18 lb custom! But everything dies that it spits at  ;)
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Re: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?
« Reply #34 on: November 10, 2017, 01:40:09 PM »
I have a 1990 Winchester Mod 70 Winlite in 300 Wby.  It is pretty light and shoots 3/4 inch groups.  Factory McMillan stocked.  ~ 8 lbs.  I like it real well.

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Re: What is the heaviest you would go with a hunting rifle?
« Reply #35 on: November 10, 2017, 10:50:55 PM »
This thread made me curious as to what my old 30-06 Mauser weighed.  I just put a new scope on it and it comes in at 8lb 14oz total.  Not too bad I guess.  Better than the trigger pull....9lb 14oz  :yike:
Ya, if I can get it to shoot decent groups with the new scope, I may have to see about some trigger work.

 

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