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    Weight Saving

    Hi Guys,

    I have a rem 700 laminate varmint, and with my t8 on it and scoped up it weighs almost 13.5lbs, i was just wondering if theres anyway to save some weight. My scope is a z6 2.5-15x44 so thats not to heavy as far as scopes go. Would another moderator help loose much? Possibly fluting the existing varmint barrel (if its even possible to retro flute a barrel) Is a varmint stock a heavy option or is it just they same as a standard stock weight?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards Rob

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    Bob, I myself have a Remmy 700 SPS Tactical. On paper i think it's marginally lighter (synthetic stock and 20" barrel) however my S&B is heavy as is my Wildcat Pred 8 Mod. I too have bitched and thought how can I lighten it. After a good ponder and getting hands on a few alternative Mods,a mate of mine simply stated 'if this is for stalking, do you REALLY need the Mod?' I had a think and I don't reckon I do! Yes it's nice but is it really necessary? That's for each individual to decide but I'm seriously thinking of taking mine off next time I'm out (it'll need a check zero obviously)

    Feel the weight without it...!

    Just my 2p's worth mate!

    ATB

    Deano

  3. #3
    I have to use a moderator on some of my stalking, so I can understand if you do need to use one.

    If you want to lose weight on your rig an easy way would be to buy a CMM4 mod which weighs about 220g instead of your T8 which weighs about 700g.

    Varmint profile barrels are normally heavier than sporters, and the same goes for varmint stocks. Neither are designed for stalking purposes. Why not keep your vaminter for what it is made for and buy a stalking rifle that weighs a lot less? Any excuse to buy another rifle is always good

    Simon

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    I am bugg#red if I would cart around a 4 foot rifle that weighs a stone.

    Trade the damn thing in for a sporter, get a 20" barrel and a Roedale mod, transfer your scope to the new rifle.

    Job done and you are down 5 or 6 pounds....
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboab29 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I have a rem 700 laminate varmint, and with my t8 on it and scoped up it weighs almost 13.5lbs, i was just wondering if theres anyway to save some weight. My scope is a z6 2.5-15x44 so thats not to heavy as far as scopes go. Would another moderator help loose much? Possibly fluting the existing varmint barrel (if its even possible to retro flute a barrel) Is a varmint stock a heavy option or is it just they same as a standard stock weight?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards Rob
    you have only 2 reasonable options
    1. sell the gun and buy a suitable weight model
    2.join a gym

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    what calibre?

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    Unscrew that varmint barrel and put on a sporter weight. 3-9x36 Swarovski scope. Get rid of moderator. Stock -take a file / rasp and slim it up.

    Or lose a stone in weight - cheaper all round!

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    I think Brian is right.
    You'll save a pound with a different mod and another pound maybe even pound and a half with with a very light stock.
    Maybe a bit by chopping a barrel but it will still be fairly heavy. Just weighed my friends 20" varmint Howa with
    light mod (200gr) and light stock (800gr) 3-12x50 S&B classic at 4.8kg incl. sling. Not much one can save on this rig anymore.
    A 20" sporter remmy with the same stock and light leupold scope weighs 3.4kg incl. mod
    My 20" sporter Mauser in 308 weighs 3.8kg with mod and scope.

    Best is to weigh components, never rely on light...or very light

    edi

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKL View Post
    what calibre?
    .500 nitro

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    Aaaagghhh......weight weenies! As soon as I hear people comparing weights (in grams!!) of two near identical bits of kit I worry, I really worry. Let's face it, the easiest way to lose 5 lb from your stalking outfit is to stop eating the pies.

    I thought I'd left all this behind when I stopped cycling For those who don't know (or indeed care) the standard answer in cycling to any question to do with weight is "do you do this in carbon?"



    (some of us believe that video is a documentary, not a spoof)

    So with stalking let's see how long it is before people are suggesting switching to carbon - stock, scope, barrel, rings, mod, etc.

    And if you do get the urge to weight individual bits of kit on the kitchen scales here's a hint; you really need to get out stalking more.

    willie_gunn
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