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Old 01-20-2017, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Nomercy448 View Post

Getting down to a 20oz action is a feat.
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Old 01-20-2017, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob in VT View Post
Lighter is nice, but recoil tends to be more. With a good sling, I don't mind heavier rifles.

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My rifle weighs 10 pounds fully equipped, yet it never once felt heavy or cumbersome while hunting in the mountains of Colorado, Idaho, or New Zealand.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TN Lone Wolf View Post
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My rifle weighs 10 pounds fully equipped, yet it never once felt heavy or cumbersome while hunting in the mountains of Colorado, Idaho, or New Zealand.
you must still be a younger person LOL
get older and things like ounces add up!
I don't need a super light rifle, but I do feel a rifle the longer I carry it up hill or down now a days
and longer barrels also get in my way more, I don't dip and bend so well LOL
also remember folks the material of a stock also has a bunch to do with recoil too
some absorb recoil better than others and stock design can make it harsher or not, on that end as well!
so just cause its lighter, doesn't always mean more smack at the shoulder

have seen BIG difference's in recoil just by swapping stocks on many magnum caliber rifles over the yrs!
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Old 01-21-2017, 01:56 PM
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I'd say 7 to 8 lbs loaded and scoped sounds right. I've got a few mountain rifles that carry nice on long hunts
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Originally Posted by TN Lone Wolf View Post
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My rifle weighs 10 pounds fully equipped, yet it never once felt heavy or cumbersome while hunting in the mountains of Colorado, Idaho, or New Zealand.
I remember the days when humping a 100# pack and running up a mountain was easy too!! Now, just carrying my big old arse up a hill is painful! Carrying one of my 12-16# AR's hog hunting all day is a bear nowadays. If I could find something lighter that was just as accurate and just as fast on followup shots for drilling sounders out of existence I would jump all over it without a second thought!
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by mrbb View Post
you must still be a younger person LOL
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Old 01-22-2017, 10:26 AM
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That's actually a very good question. Except for the A-bolt 30-06 I'm going to make my go to rifle, and use it on everything having worked up 2 pet perfect loads that'll cover anything I'm ever likely to hunt again, I'm seriously considering building a whitetail rifle, on a A-Bolt action chambered in 7mm08 for all day, day in & day out packing, and I'll have a target weight max of 6#-scoped, slung, loaded, & all ready to go.
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:25 PM
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I think I have a 7lbs scoped 4.5-14x, .243

I think this is pushing the too light, perhaps because of how it balances, barrel is real light.
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Old 03-09-2017, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by jeepkid View Post
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It's done...

22.8 ounces for a complete action ready to go with trigger, recoil lug, rail, etc...

3.5 ounces lighter then a Pierce Ti and nearly twice as stiff.

Pics soon.

There's a thread on 24hr with pics if anyone can't wait for pics here.
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Old 03-09-2017, 02:44 PM
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Diablo action... 1 lb 6.8 ounces



Pierce Titanium... 1 lb 10.3 ounces




Basically on the stiffness test, we clamped the front of the receiver in a barrel vise put a dial caliper on the rear bridge and hung 60lbs just behind the indicator.

The Rem 700 flexed .003 of in inch.
The Diablo Phantom flexed .004 of an inch.
The Pierce titanium flexed .008 of an inch.
Pretty impressive for an ultra light.

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