Who hunts with a 10lb+ rifle?

Tdmouse29

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Really considering a cooper open country long range, and pretty sold on it. Rifle would be 10+ after it’s all said and done. Not willing to pay for the light weight version with the proof barrel.
I’m wondering how crazy I am considering packing a 10lb set up.
Live in Idaho and I don’t usually hunt in flat terrain, sooo...who else hunts with a heavy rifle out west? Haha
 
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Tdmouse29

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Ya, I’m thinking mine will be in the same range as all of those.
I’m thinking 11 lbs with scope and suppressor. Hopefully.


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Tdmouse29

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That’s what I’m looking for. I am hoping to be able to see the impact when I’m by myself too.


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Northpark

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10.2 lbs dresses to kill with scope, full mag and 5 extra rounds on the butt stock. It’s a browning x bolt hells canyon long range in .300 win mag topped with a Zeiss conquest v4 4-16x44 in tally rings.
 

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I don’t know what they weigh but I know they are heavy, a shilo sharps 45-110 with a 32” barrel, and a tikka tac A1 6.5 creedmoor. Guessing both are well over 10 lbs.
 

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I’ve hunted with 10# + rifles when I was younger & didn’t think about it, but have been moving to shorter lighter rifles.

7.5#-8.5# is what I shoot for now.
I’m comfortable with a max 8.5# rifle.

Most of my hunting requires hiking into steep mountain country or open canyon river breaks.

Not ready to change the way I like to hunt yet. but I’ll change equipment, if it keeps me in the game.
 
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Tdmouse29

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I’ve hunted with 10# + rifles when I was younger & didn’t think about it, but have been moving to shorter lighter rifles.

7.5#-8.5# is what I shoot for now.
I’m comfortable with a max 8.5# rifle.

Most of my hunting requires hiking into steep mountain country or open canyon river breaks.

Not ready to change the way I like to hunt yet. but I’ll change equipment, if it keeps me in the game.

My dad thinks I’m crazy. He is all about the light weight stuff, around the 7.5#. He lives in and hunts Alaska so he’s not willing to add a few extra pounds.


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Lawnboi

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My bipod weighs a pound and scope that is 28-30oz makes getting under 10 pounds $$$$. That and I’m one who has no problem carrying more weight to be able to make a shot.
 

Kentk

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I have been carrying around an old Vanguard with an oversized scope for years. Loaded it is just over 10lbs. It shoots great but my shoulder is asking me to spend money on something lighter.
 

ACKLEYFAN

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My Ruger M77MKII is 10.5# w/scope, not ideal for mountain/backpack hunting, it wears me down. 7.5 is more ideal for me, but you have to spend $ to hit that target weight.
 

Brendan

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Completely depends on the type of hunt. I have some where I'd absolutely take my ~10# 300 WM. Then there was this year, ended up primarily hunting thicker timber with that gun and needed to have the gun in my hand (If I'd had it in my gun bearer - I wouldn't have gotten my Elk). Felt like I would've given my left nut for my 6# Kimber towards the end of the hunt.
 

Elk2008

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I’m about 10.5# with bipod. Really makes a difference on long range shots but I won’t lie I do get tired of carrying it at times. One of those sling hooks on your shoulder strap makes a huge difference for me.
 
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