Shooting a lightweight rifle well

Newtosavage

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Guess I've never had a truly "heavy" rifle so I can't say, but I have no issues shooting sub-MOA with even my lightest rifles. In fact, I had a Howa Mini 6.5 Grendel that might have been my most accurate rifle ever, and it was under 6 lbs. scoped IIRC. Shot a lot of 1/2 MOA groups at 200-300 with that one.

Most of my hunting rifles fall between 6.5 and 7 lbs. I get rid of them if they aren't routinely sub-MOA.
 

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I have no problem on the bench or prone with a light gun. It’s when I’m not on a bench or prone I have problems. Specifically with recoil management.

I’ll carry an extra couple pounds for a rifle I know I can hit something with relative certainty. At least for now.
 

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I do like a heavier barrel for off-hand shooting, which is why I swapped out my lightweight barrel on my Savage LW Storm with a sporter weight. Still kept the whole package right at 7 lbs. but the weight being out front sure helps when you're shooting from field positions. It's a 6 oz. penalty I'm willing to accept I guess. Helps with load workup too since I get a few more shots before the barrel really heats up.
 

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Lighten up that trigger. I shoot both my Montanas much better since I lightened them both to 2.25 lbs each. Be sure to pull your glove before shooting a light trigger.

Practice a lot of dry firing so you know that trigger break like second nature.

A personal thing, but I keep my scope magnification no higher than 3-4X while on the move where a quick shot might present. When I have time to set up on my pack or sticks, I'll max it to 7X. None of my guns wear more magnification than that anyway, but I can just imagine a 14X shaking like a nervous dog trying to pass a peach pit sideways.
 
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I’m surprised no one mentioned a muzzle brake

a good one will reduce recoil dramatically

depending on your rifling, try lower weight bullets too
 

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Please give tips and tricks.
I will be coming in possession of a rifle in .270 win that is reported at 5 lbs, currently wears a vxiii 2.5-8x36 with boone and crockett reticle that I believe weighs 11.4 oz and some talley lightweight ring/mounts.
It will be the lightest rifle I've had or will keep and I'd like to learn from others tips they have for shooting it well
One can read lots on why they abandon light rifles, I'd like to preempt that with here's how you shoot one well.

I am a decent shooter, have some Tikka's and a recent Kimber Classic that's pretty light, but not as light as the incoming. Have some heavier ones as well.

Thanks in advance,
Jon
Hey Jon what type of rifle did you end up getting?
There's lots of good information here on shooting lightweight rifles. I've never had issues with my fieldcrafts, but just got a kimber to try, so I guess this thread is for me too😁
 
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Hey Jon what type of rifle did you end up getting?
There's lots of good information here on shooting lightweight rifles. I've never had issues with my fieldcrafts, but just got a kimber to try, so I guess this thread is for me too😁
It’s a Rifles Inc Remington 700 that was lightened and their barrel put on! Great little shooter and my friend who used to own it and passed away was definitely there to guide bullets on its first trip with me and two other of his buddies! Here we are with some of its work!
 

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