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Thread: What Weight of Stalking Combo do you Lug Around ?

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    What Weight of Stalking Combo do you Lug Around ? R93, Zeiss Vic HT plus Harris Bi-Pod approx 11 lb.
    Now personelly I reckon that is fairly light. By comparison, I know fellow stalkers who carry R93 LRS 2 300WM plus Zeiss Vics coming in at 17lbs plus !
    Again, I've lugged my kit up and down some of Argyll's challenging terraine and I would stop at my combo, not really wanting to carry anything much heavier.

    How about you ?

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    custom bat in 7x64 with swarovski A line 6x18x50 and ATEC mod and bat rings all in weight 8lb.


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    Thats good Chris, I forgot the moddy. Mines an Aetec also !

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    7lbs rifle plus knife, binoculars and stalking sticks.

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    Never weighed it, but it feels roughly the same weight as I've carried in the field throughout my professional career as a field biologist.

    I think we all have a sort of in-built comfort point with weight carried, and tend to stabilise around it, regardless of what we're doing.

    On a side note - I recently came across a fascinating analysis of the weight carried by a standard line infantryman throughout history. It seems to have stayed almost exactly the same across recorded history. The author theorised that armies keep loading up their soldiers until they can't carry any more. Every technological advance that lightens the load of specific bits of kit is immediately followed by a increase in the amount of other stuff carried. Any technology that arrives that is substantially heavier than its predecessor (muskets and ball versus bows; kevlar body armour versus nothing) leads to a reduction in other stuff carried.

    Which leads me to suggest that the obsession with lighter rifles is a chimera: most people will compensate for any reduction in the weight of their rifle by adding other bits until they're carrying exactly ther same total weight.

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    My Rifle, scope and mod come in at just under 9lbs which is fine for me. However, as a newcomer to stalking I'm still carrying way too much extra kit with me in pockets/bum bags etc. I'ts taking a while to hone it down to the kit I actually need rather than think i might need.

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    My setup is exactly 10lbs, (rifle,mod, bipod and sling) plus binos, knife and sticks.

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    Interesting, I've never weighed my kit I shall do it this evening 'for something to do'!!
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    does the "onesie"count towards the weight of your stalking gear stratts .the missus says i have to allow for my bellius beerus ,sarky mare

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    As light as possible for me a sako 85 a-tec maxim mod no bipod it comes in at about 9lbs inc magazine with five rounds sure wish it was lighter mind you, but I simply cannot shoot without a mod these days tinnitus ended that a long time ago......

    Forgot to mention scope is a zeiss 7x50
    Last edited by dlz90; 23-10-2014 at 20:17.

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