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    Lightweight Hunting Rifles

    G'Day Fella's,

    I have been designing and building these types of rifles, for more decades than I care to remember.
    What do you blokes have that is Lightweight but isn't as it came from the factory?
    Here is an image of a few of these types, that I still have (see actual weights taped on each rifle).
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    From L to R is;
    A Yard Stick (36" Long), for comparison
    Rem M-763 .350Rem Mag, Aimpoint Comp-C3.
    Rem M-600 .308 Win, Leupold 2.5 -8.
    Win M-70 Classic, 7mm Rem Mag, 3-9 Swarovski (Not that light! This rifle has an aluminum floor plate, that I machined up and fitted).
    Jongmans .284 Win, 2-7 Leopold.
    Kimber M84 Montana. .223 Rem. (This is a customers New rifle, that I threw in for comparison).

    What examples, have you blokes got to show?

    Doh!
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    Last edited by Homer; 29-04-2012 at 04:25 PM.

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    The first two need circumcising.

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    Sorry tahr, there Muslim!

    Doh!
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    Currently my Mod 7 SAUM is 3.2kg but looking at dropping weight on the bolt, scope to start with then new fluted barrel when this one is starting to wear and a few other spots... Still not to bad with a dialup side focus scope and 1000 yrd capable round
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    My current light LR rifle weighs just over 8lb, or 3.6kg. Has a 700g scope on it though, 26 inch barrel and brake. Doesn't really need to be any lighter given its pushing a 180gr pill at basically 3,300fps...



    tui_man 2 has my Model 7 at the moment, putting it on a weight loss program... Fluted bolt, milling out handle, light bolt guts and shroud, chopping the barrel, fluting the barrel, light supressor, light Senator stock... Should end up about 2.7kg (6lb) scoped and supressed...
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    How's re recoil on that beast?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DAF View Post
    How's re recoil on that beast?
    Slightly more than the Lunatic. Quick recoil rather than a push though. If that makes sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Claw View Post
    Slightly more than the Lunatic. Quick recoil rather than a push though. If that makes sense?

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    Whats your thread size Sam ?

    I could send you down a brake to try, so you can calm it down.......

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    G'Day Fella's,

    The Claw, Nice lookin rifle!
    What chambering is the above M700 and also your M7 at Tui_Man 2 doing the "Jenny Craig" thing!

    Not a lot of lightweight rifle in NZ or is there just a Don't Acknowledge Homer's Posts, going on?

    If the latter is the case, that's fine by me!

    Doh!
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    I think it might have something to do with the number of LR shooters here as well, they seem to want a bit of weight in those rigs to control them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer View Post
    G'Day Fella's,

    The Claw, Nice lookin rifle!
    What chambering is the above M700 and also your M7 at Tui_Man 2 doing the "Jenny Craig" thing!

    Not a lot of lightweight rifle in NZ or is there just a Don't Acknowledge Homer's Posts, going on?

    If the latter is the case, that's fine by me!

    Doh!
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    Reply from the maimai...

    700 is a 7mm/338 Norma Improved & M7 is a 6.5*47L...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Greg View Post
    Whats your thread size Sam ?

    I could send you down a brake to try, so you can calm it down.......
    Not sure on thread size, I will find out though. An angle port brake will make it softer no question, it I take on and off regularly though so am using a radial type brake currently so not to have any issue with indexing over time...

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    Depending on the shoulder size & torque used to tighten it I would think it would take a while to rotate

    Good luck with the ducks !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homer View Post
    G'Day Fella's,

    The Claw, Nice lookin rifle!
    What chambering is the above M700 and also your M7 at Tui_Man 2 doing the "Jenny Craig" thing!

    Not a lot of lightweight rifle in NZ or is there just a Don't Acknowledge Homer's Posts, going on?

    If the latter is the case, that's fine by me!

    Doh!
    Homer
    few nice bangers there homer, what classes light weight?

    sub xxxkgs?

    Shes been on the 'jenny craig' alright, im sure claw will post some pics when he gets it back

    Light weight is good but all the go fast bits cost, how do you find the hi tech stocks? i have broken mine an know someone esle who has also, an found they require abit of fiddling to get to fit nice, i like painted rifles when they are new but give them some abuse an they look like shit

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    G'Day Tui_man 2.

    Thanks for the kind words!
    Good question on what qualifies as Lightweight, maybe 3Kg, what do you and others think?

    Yeah, I like the HTS stocks!
    I have given a couple of them some hard work over the years and they have come up OK.
    I haven't had any of them fail or break on me but then I haven't used any rifles fitted with one, in Westland, Fiordland etc......
    That country is hard on both men and equipment!!!
    When they get banged up, when I get a chance I'll patch them up and re-Cerakote them and Da Dah, like new again!

    The main reason for this post, was to get a look any other forum participants custom hunting rifles and in my experience, most of these are lightweight!
    We all know what a factory Rem Mod 7 looks like, so I was I was hoping to see some other variations on these and other rifles.

    Doh!
    Homer
    Last edited by Homer; 06-05-2012 at 08:53 PM.

 

 

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