Seems to me that I would have been $400 behind with a gun that feels and weighs basically the same - only real difference being that I'd have a different material in hand. I personally don't have use for the threaded barrel. The Hunter might not be for everyone, as some have a strong aversion to 'plastic' stocks and detachable magazines, but what this all shows is that if the deciding factor between the two is weight, that can be quickly spanned with a couple hours of tinkering (which I quite enjoy).You would have been further ahead to buy the montana assuming it would have shot the way yours used to.
Looks like a solid 2 moa gun with the 129grWell the barrel has now been cut back to 19", which makes it handy and short while not looking stubby. With the barrel chopped, the gun now sits at 5lbs on the nose. This is with less than $700 total into it. With the vx-3i 2.5-8 scope mounted on Talley Lightweights, it comes to 5lbs 13.9oz.
I went to the range today to see what I could do with it. With Hornady American Whitetail, I printed 3-shot groups of 1.05", .700", .98", and 1.95"...the last of which I pulled a shot real bad on. I'm still working on my sub 6lb rifle technique and just generally getting used to the new rifle. The one group of Federal Non-Typical wasn't quite as nice, coming to 1.76".
Far better than getting my Kimber out was sharing the time with my 5 y/o daughter, who is becoming quite a shot with her Savage Rascal.
At this point, If I do anything else, it will probably be to either have my local machinist drill out the bolt handle or get a titanium one. I might also try getting an additional front action screw to use in the rear. As is, the rear screw weighs .4oz more than the front, but the pillars are identical. It seems that the extra metal on the shaft is simply to bring the head of the screw up to be flush with the stock.
No, the structural integrity wasn't compromised by doing this. It's just sound deadening filler. I replaced it with some closed cell foam to deaden the sound at much less weight. Beyond that. The barrel chop saved a few ounces.BigWoods.
Have you noticed any differance in recoil and/or accuracy by removing the gel from the stock? and have you noticed if the stock lost any structual integrity, like flexing or prone to cracking? I found your post because im interested in putting my Hunter 6.5 on diet as well .
Yessir, got him in the Northwoods on opening morning. I cut his track at about 6:30am and followed it about 2 miles when he snorted and came out fast at about 75 yards. It certainly wasn't the opportunity for precision work, but the Kimber came up and swung quickly to make the connection.
Didn't save tons of weight, but it all adds up. Considering I paid $25 to have mine cut and recrowned to match factory, I'd say that's pretty cheap per ounce.
25 bucks for 2.5 oz, decent accuracy... Added to list!!!!Didn't save tons of weight, but it all adds up. Considering I paid $25 to have mine cut and recrowned to match factory, I'd say that's pretty cheap per ounce.
But you hit on the handiness factor being bigger. Also, I found that it balanced better at 19" with the stock goo removed.