I have a Sako 75 .243 walnut/blued. It is fitted with a T4 moderator and a Swaro 6-18x50 scope.
Owing to arthritis, I would like to lighten the set-up but avoid the expense of changing the rifle.
The rifle fires a maximum of 200 rounds per year and probably nearer 150 as it is used almost exclusively for deer stalking. It is never used for target work other than to check zero.
I saw that Philwilk has advertised a synthetic stock and wonder whether that would reduce the weight as the Sako site shows the 75 Hunter as 7lbs 4ozs, whilst the 75 Stainless synthetic is 6lbs 10ozs ?
The Swaro weighs 20ozs and I was looking at the Swaro Z3 3-9x36 that weighs 12 ozs.
I have also been looking at the A-Tech CMM4 and Maxim at 7.75ozs and 13ozs respectively. I have taken note of some of our members having problems with the moderators that can be dismantled, however at my rate of fire it would take five years before they were due for a clean (1,000 rounds recommended).
If you have a Swaro Z3 3-9x36 I would value your comments on first and last light, woodland stalking with it.
If you have a CMM 4 on a .243 or larger rifle, I would appreciate knowing your experience of it.