Who hunts with a 10lb+ rifle?

sreal217

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hunted the mountains with my 13 lb rifle for 2 years now and its just switching from one shoulder to the other.going to be investing into something lighter instead of carrying a bench rifle .always pack light
 

JGood

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10 lbs is a sweet spot. Especally for anything long range. I like the confidence of puting the gun down and knowing something is going to die. Put it in a gun bearer and get to killin'
 

Ricard13

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My gun I’ve been using the past few years is a 338 Lapua coming in around 13lbs loaded and with a bipod. I have complete and utter confidence in it, and I prefer the weight when actually shooting. My shoulders definitely are sore by the end of a good day hiking around. Can only switch things around so much before everything is sore! I think that you can have a gun that is too light. 9-10lbs all done up is a good range to try and shoot for I think.
 

Centralcoastca

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Mine is probably about that weight though I’ve never actually weighed it. It shoots good and I like it so I keep dragging it around. I see how an ultra light setup would be nice, but I’m very comfortable with what I’m shooting and that makes a couple extra pounds worth it to me. Ive been hunting with this rifle for a dozen years though and have just gotten used to the weight. If I was starting from scratch now on a rifle for mountain hunting I’d probably look for something lighter. If it’s something you plan on packing around for several years it might be worth spending a little more now to get what you’ll wish you had later…
 

S.Clancy

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Mine is 10 lbs. Yes, it sucks to carry, but just can't give it up because it shoots so good.
 

Seeknelk

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10.2 loaded with bi-pod. Wouldn’t have it any other way, but I also I pack a 95 STX around everywhere as well...
Lots of people get hung up on weight. If you want to save a few pounds take a shit.
Take a shit, lose 30# and drop 3 pounds off the rifle. Best of everything 🤔😄
 

Hawkeye29

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I walked all over the place during the CO 1st elk with a 13lb 300win mag. Included a NF SHV and a SiCo Omega. I wish I had my Razor gen 2 for the glass clarity despite the weight. Had a bull that might have been legal in range but just couldn’t quite see if it was.
 

dreamingbig

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I couldn’t tell you what my rifle weighed.
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Loggerdude

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If your going to have a quality scope and bipod in a larger caliber there all going to be 10 pounds. Sometimes a sheep gun or similar would be nice until your shooting elk in rough ground Where you want them stopped. I know shot placement is everything, but those critters cane go with no blood
 

madcalfe

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If your going to have a quality scope and bipod in a larger caliber there all going to be 10 pounds. Sometimes a sheep gun or similar would be nice until your shooting elk in rough ground Where you want them stopped. I know shot placement is everything, but those critters cane go with no blood
not true. i have a 2lb scope and bipod attached to my gun and im right at 8.3lbs.
just comes down to how much you wanna spend for lightweight components
 

brandonmacd1

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I hunt with a 12# rifle some but not out west. Most we have is high hills and it does kind of suck packing it a few miles through public land with the rest of my gear but man is it nice to shoot
 

Macht

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My main hunting rifle is in the 12lb range, but the longest hunt I've taken it on was under 5 miles of hiking. I imagine I'd go lighter if I was doing multi-day hunts.
 
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