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    So when is a rifle too heavy?

    Had a guy interested in the Model 70 Winchester Extreme in the Bell and Carlson stock I'm selling, was all keen but decided it was too heavy, until then I had not considered it's weight, so what is typically a max weight most are finding acceptable as a general carry?

    Most rifles I have had for hunting have been in the 7.5 to 8lb range complete, occasionally heavier in bigger calibers, always carried in the hand, never slung.

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    Depends on how far you'll having to carry it lol

    My first centre fire weighted nearly 11lb with it's bloody bi pod & I carried it high'n'low, now days my mountain rifle weighs well under 7lb & my 338 Edge weighs 9.75lb.

    So for a general alround hunting gun, yes 8lb is plenty 8.5 - 9 with a suppressor max, balance & how nice it is to carry also comes into the equation though.
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    Depends on the individual and typical use I guess. I had a varmint 204 that was 10lb bare, I'm solid enough to carry it around but the weight was annoying enough to often make me take something else instead. So I sold it for a 7lb 223 which shoots just as well.

    Most of my rifles now are around 7lb bare and that doesn't worry me, but I can see the appeal of a lightweight setup for trips with more walking/less shooting and big height gains etc.
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    How much is the 50 @Kiwi Greg? be about max for tops hunting with no chopper aye

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    Quote Originally Posted by northdude View Post
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    Double the distance from the middle to the end
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    Rifle weight is very much like coffee. To put clarity around this statement, there is no such thing as strong coffee, only weak men. Therefor there is no such thing as a heavy rifle, ....... Check out Philipo's post. He has reduced his rifle weight by four pounds..... Fuck me dead, who can't carry four fucking pounds? Not picking on you Philipo, just using the example you gave to make a point. I have no trouble with people that want to lighten their kit but if a man wants to carry a heavy rifle, good for him I reckon.
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    7.5-9lb would be acceptable, surely? I have kept my rifle weights down of late coz I carry the extra on my hips these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathias View Post
    7.5-9lb would be acceptable, surely? I have kept my rifle weights down of late coz I carry the extra on my hips these days
    +1 but that's my reason for not worrying about about the rifle weight... Got plenty more to lose round he waist before I think lightweight gear.

    Horses for courses, if your doing lots of climbing light as possible, if your only walking a few mins from the truck and sitting who cares if your carrying a cannon. Another consideration is if you do shoot something what do you do with it? Carry it out whole or put it in your pack. Had a few trips home juggling whole deer, pack and rifle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 223nut View Post
    +1 but that's my reason for not worrying about about the rifle weight... Got plenty more to lose round he waist before I think lightweight gear.

    Horses for courses, if your doing lots of climbing light as possible, if your only walking a few mins from the truck and sitting who cares if your carrying a cannon. Another consideration is if you do shoot something what do you do with it? Carry it out whole or put it in your pack. Had a few trips home juggling whole deer, pack and rifle!
    I seem to use the light weight rifle from the truck and carry the big'un if I'm walking. I find all the assistance I can get to push the cleats of my boots into the ground the less I slide.
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    I find the balance and the setup to be more important than the weight as a personal thing. A 2lb .308 which can't hit shite is useless, a 10lb gun that shoots bug holes all day is. However, if you are so close that you don't need to aim the 2lb forehead smasher and shoulder stuffer would probably do.

    Going on from that, a 10lb rifle with 3lb of metal and 7lb of wood probably isn't very useful either (think Parker Hale Safari on the Mauser action). I'm just in the process of making my Rem 700 .308 heavier, as the shitty plastic stock it came with was extremely light with the hollow rear end and the rifle with the suppressor on was stupidly muzzle heavy. Have replaced it with a urethane Bell and Carlson, overall weight about 300gr heavier but it's all rearward of the pistol grip.

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    On long walks and big trips into the back country you wouldn't wanna be much over 9 lbs I reckon, weighted rifles are easier to shoot steady.
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    Personal preference really, I have a .260 MT rifle 5 lbs 2oz, great to carry, prick to shoot well,
    Have been getting rid, of all rifles scoped, over 9 lbs, with only two exceptions, my sako 6ppc target rifle, and a M70 Ew in .264, my long range rig, sits at 9lbs 4 oz, not too bad, but its noticeable how weary, a guy gets, after a full day lugging it around, esp if fighting threw scrub and bush.
    My preference is about 7-7.5lbs, 3-3.3kg, best comprise for shootabilty, esp. off hand. as long as well balanced.

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    Or they go and want a light weight rifle and then want to put a gay stock pack on it wtf
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