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    Trying to Lighten the Load

    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.
    Last edited by Uncle Norm; 01-01-2014 at 19:44. Reason: finger trouble on scope size.

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    You can make very worthwhile reductions without buying a new stock.

    Cut the barrel back to 20 or 21", fit a Roedale delta or other super light mod. I have the Roedale on my 260, this is the single biggest improvement you can make while retaining a Mod.

    Replace the the scope with a much lighter one, Swarovski Z3 or older AV, 42mm lens maximum.

    This will transform your rifle.
    Last edited by Claret_Dabbler; 01-01-2014 at 18:24.
    Brian.

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    get the stock straight away as it will lighten the rifle and feel nicer. I changed from a t8 to an A-tec maxim on my 270 and while the atec is a tad louder.. the weight difference more than makes up for it. Scopewise...... not sure i'd bother changing to be honest, you'll notice enough difference if you change the stock and mod.

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    steve

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    3-9x32 Swaro ?
    I have the 3-9x36 and love it, not used for stalking but is on my 22 Hornet which is used for rabbits and fox.
    Works great in any light, or under a lamp, but my favourite method is shooting under the moon, and for that
    with mag set at 5 to 7 times is is very good, it replaces an older Swaro 6x42, and is at least as good, if not
    better than the fixed power was.
    If weight is an issue then the lightest moderator is ear plugs.

    Neil.

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    hardy gen 4 for the mod might be worth a look...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornet 6 View Post
    3-9x32 Swaro ?
    I have the 3-9x36 and love it, not used for stalking but is on my 22 Hornet which is used for rabbits and fox.
    Works great in any light, or under a lamp, but my favourite method is shooting under the moon, and for that
    with mag set at 5 to 7 times is is very good, it replaces an older Swaro 6x42, and is at least as good, if not
    better than the fixed power was.
    If weight is an issue then the lightest moderator is ear plugs.

    Neil.
    Thanks Neil, helpful as ever. I got the scope size wrong, it should have been the Z3 3-9x36 so thanks for putting me right.
    I like the comment regarding the earplugs but I don't know what Ruby (Lab bitch) would think to hers. Being a female creature she would probably 'never speak to me again' .

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    You just can't beat SD members. I have just had a helpful reply to my PM to Philwilk. Phil has kindly weighed the synthetic stock which weighs 1.2Kgs. So tomorrow I hope to weigh a walnut one. Unless of course someone else already knows what one weighs ?

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    I have a ccm4 on my 7mm08 I find it very light, properly better mods out there for sound also add a fair bit to the length of the barrel going to order a hardy for my .243 Ackley so will see how I get on but will be a lot shorter than the ccm4 for not a lot more weight hopefully should be the best of both.


    Atb Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by soother223 View Post
    hardy gen 4 for the mod might be worth a look...
    Quote Originally Posted by 09mutley05 View Post
    I have a ccm4 on my 7mm08 I find it very light, properly better mods out there for sound also add a fair bit to the length of the barrel going to order a hardy for my .243 Ackley so will see how I get on but will be a lot shorter than the ccm4 for not a lot more weight hopefully should be the best of both.


    Atb Matt
    Just had a look at the Hardy Gen 4 on the Riflecraft website. I must say that it looks like a very good option.

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    what thread do you have on your barrel your welcome to try my ccm4 if the threads right haven't got the hardy yet.

    Atb Matt

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