Hunting Rifle Preferred Weight?

Hunting Rifle Preferred Weight?

This is a discussion on Hunting Rifle Preferred Weight? within the Hunting Forum forums, part of the Related Topics category; Title says it all...what weight do you guys prefer? You can break it down by game/use. I prefer spot & stalk to stand hunting, can't ...

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    Hunting Rifle Preferred Weight?

    Title says it all...what weight do you guys prefer?

    You can break it down by game/use. I prefer spot & stalk to stand hunting, can't stand sitting too long as I'll always convince myself there's a keeper over the next hill.

    I've run the gamut from dedicated woods guns that run just under 7lbs scoped to 10+ pound magnum elk rifles. Just put together a 8lb, 5 ounce 300Win Mag that's a joy to carry, kinda sucks off the bench. Put's out 165s at 3130 fps and 3 rds consistently 1MOA. Longer strings it starts to heat up and string. Going to end up using it as my back-up western Mulie rifle. I find I shoot a 8-9lb rifle better, so I've sort of avoided the ultra lightweight rigs.
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    The ideal riffle would be 5 lbs & shoot a 150gr bullet @ 2900 fps with little recoil. A fella can dream, can he not ; ) PS that's with the scope of your choice of course
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    7.0-7.5 lbs for me, without scope, mounts and sling. I can carry this all day. But it's about balance too. My old 700 BDL (7-3/8 lbs) is the perfect weight and balance for me. I've got other rifles that are about the same weight but I don't like how they balance near as much as the 700.
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    Back in the day, I lightened my Rem 700 ADL in 30-06. Didn't weigh it, but it kicked like a angry mule. I "un-lightened" it, glass bedded the stock, etc. Made it heavy again. Still don't know what it weights, but it shoots great and, until I got old and feeble, was a joy to shoot on the bench.

    I have no use whatsoever for lightweight rifles, plastic stocks, etc. If a gun is a pound or two too heavy for you to tote around, try losing a pound or two off your backside to lighten the load.
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    I'm hard pressed to specify an ideal weight. I've given up hunting, but kept two hunting rifles, Winchesters M70-LH 30-06 with a 1.75-6X Leupold scope and a M94 30-30 with a Lyman receiver sight and a white bead front sight. My heavy hitter was a Winchester M70-LH 375 H&H long gone. Before the Winchester bolt rifles Remington 700 30-06 and Win338 Mag. Target rifle Remington 40X-7.62mm Nato my match shooting days are basically over.

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    When humping these hills eastern Ky, which is Daniel Boone country, I prefer as light as possible. A 6-7 pounder with optic is about right, but I prefer a slick little carbine levergun like my Marlin 44 Mag, which is really light with a compact scope, and is very suitable for the terrain I encounter here.
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    My preference is somewhere between 8 and 10 lbs, unloaded.

    I find that much lighter than 8lbs and I get too much recoil, much over 10 lbs and it is just too heavy.
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    When I was in SE Coastal Georgia, I used my Winchester Model 70 .30-06 with a Leupold gold ring 3x9 scope. I never weighed it, but it was lighter than Dad's Winchester Model 1873 in .44-40. I guess it's around 8 lbs, give or take. I still have it (1951 vintage), but I expect to deploy the .450 Bushmaster with a 4-12 x 44 Vortex scope. It's a bit lighter, maybe 7 ish lbs, and a bit easier to shoot than the model 70. For the ranges I'll be shooting, it'll be fine.
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    My first hunting rifle was a used Remington 700 in 7mm-08. With a Nightforce scope on it, it weighs in just a bit over 9 pounds. I took my first buck with it, a second buck, and my first elk. All went down with one shot.

    I wanted a back-up rifle for my hunts and bought a Kimber 7mm-08 that was very light. Really hated it; way too light for me to shoot consistently. I ended up selling it and buying a Sako in 7mm magnum with a 24 inch barrel. It weighed in right around 10.5 pounds. I could not shoot that consistently either. I realized that what worked for me was something like the Remington, so I bought a Bergara Stalker that weighs in at 10 pounds, scoped. I carried it for 5 miles last fall on an antelope hunt up in Wyoming and took my first antelope at 215 yards.

    Currently, I am setting up a Barrett Rec 10 AR10 in .308. I've always wanted to hunt with the AR platform and shoot it well. With a Nightforce 2.5X10X42 with Nightforce rings the rig weighs in at just under 9.75 pounds. If I don't manage to take an elk during archery or muzzleloader season here this fall, I may get the chance to try it out.
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    My deer rifles are an 8 lb bolt action with its scope, or a 30-30 Winchester with open sights. Around 6.5 lbs.
    I have a couple of varmint rifles that are over 11 LBS. If I went walking around with them I'd need a team of gun bearers! Even the shooting bench has wheels and a trailer hitch! DR

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    Never felt the need to weigh my rifles...But i prefer wood stocks and blued surfaces on my hunting
    guns...Can you guess the type of hunting i do most?

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    Depends on where you hunt. When I was hunting the steep mountains in Western NC, 7 lbs was about my limit. Like Glockman10mm said, a lighweight carbine is the way to go in rugged mountain country of the Appalachians. Hunting the bottom land fields of Northern MS up to 8 lbs or so. Just my .02 worth!
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    My last rifle came with a synthetic stock...Put a Boyds on it...I figure if i ever go on a hunt for elk etc where i have to
    walk miles a day...I can swap back and dial it in.

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    I have a Winchester Model 70, synthetic stock, stainless barrel with the B.O.S.S. on it from Browning's influence in 7mm Rem Mag. With a rubber sling and a Trijicon Accu-Point on top, it weighs in nearly 10 lbs. At that weight, plus the muzzle brake, shooting it is not too much trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackJack View Post
    My preference is somewhere between 8 and 10 lbs, unloaded.

    I find that much lighter than 8lbs and I get too much recoil, much over 10 lbs and it is just too heavy.
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