Dedicated high seat rifle & dedicated stalking rifle but the same calibre?

T.eddie

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Hi all,
Just wondering if people use the same calibre i.e. .308 but 2 different rifles one for high seats and one for stalking and if so why?
My gut feel is that its probably a yes and that the dedicated high seat rifle may be heavier barrelled compared to the stalking one but just curious
 

Mr. Gain

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I think a lot depends on what (a) your high seat(s), and (b) your ground are like, and what species of deer you are trying to shoot.
 

T.eddie

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thanks both, this is more of a generalised question as I saw a thread about people having multiple rifles and just trying to understand that thought process behind it
@Utectok would the shorter barrel and lighter be for Manoeuvrability in the high seat in your mind?
@Mr. Gain for point A what what be your deciding factor re high seats? and say that the ground has Fallow and Red for arguments sake
 

badbob

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I wouldn't change rifles for stalking and high seats. I tend to do both and want a light rifle. High seats often have a better rested shot anyway.
However I have got a non threaded non moderated .308 for battue and driven game with a 1 to 8 scope. So a moderated rifle in same calibre, 4 to 16 X 56 scope would be useful to
me.

Oh and another with night vision permanently attached.🤔
 

LuckyEddie

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Use the same rifle for both.
Why make things more complicated than need be?
Using one rifle means you get used to the characteristics and trajectories. Leading to less chance of a miss or wounding.
Using a second rifle you’ve got to be aware of which rifle you have with you and the different trajectory.
 

Mr. Gain

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@Mr. Gain for point A what what be your deciding factor re high seats? and say that the ground has Fallow and Red for arguments sake
Some seats are solidly built with virtually a bench rest on top and facing out across wide open fields, others are lightweight affairs erected in woodland. The first could make it worthwhile having a varmint type rifle, but it would probably be an encumbrance or even a liability in the second case. Fallow are easiest to take out in the open at first or last light, if I were going after them in woodland, I'd want a really handy rifle because they give you almost no time at all. For reds, some of the same applies if high seats are used, but when a hilly stalk is involved extra weight is not your friend.
 

HappyHunter

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Not a reason I've considered for a second rifle in the same calibre, though had I a heavier more range dedicated rifle it may get a trip up the highseat every now and then.

My main stalking rifle doesn't weigh much in the grand scheme of things and is capable of shooting better than me whether off of sticks or a rail, so no real benefit in having anything different.

I do have another. 30cal slot to fill. I could go a heavier .308, but I suspect I'll be looking at another lightweight stalker and probably in 30-06!

HH
 

T.eddie

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Just asking as there seems to be people with more than one of the same calibre, the common reasons seem to be for NV dedicated or Hill vs woodland, but thought id see if this was a common occurrence as well
 

75

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Depends more on the ground than specifically high seat vs foot for me. I've got 2 x 6.5mm (different chamberings). One is lightweight, shorter barrel and easier in tight seats, woodland etc. Other is heavier and longer barrel - great off a bipod or solid seat or when shots are more likely to be out in the open.
 

mchughcb

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Currently using my Blaser BD14 bockdrilling for the high seat because it saves me carrying three firearms. Stalking in the forest i use the lighter Blaser K95 stutzen.
 

Utectok

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thanks both, this is more of a generalised question as I saw a thread about people having multiple rifles and just trying to understand that thought process behind it
@Utectok would the shorter barrel and lighter be for Manoeuvrability in the high seat in your mind?
@Mr. Gain for point A what what be your deciding factor re high seats? and say that the ground has Fallow and Red for arguments sake
Yes and I tend not to shoot a long way on high seats as its not the best stable platform and high seats are usually positioned to shoot 20-150m in my experience. If I want a longer shot I might climb down and shoot off a bipod.
 

paul o'

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Best Just use one for all from under the seat out to 300 , As the other one is for 300 -1800yr its a heavy pig to carry :rofl:
 

Tim.243

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Hi all,
Just wondering if people use the same calibre i.e. .308 but 2 different rifles one for high seats and one for stalking and if so why?
My gut feel is that its probably a yes and that the dedicated high seat rifle may be heavier barrelled compared to the stalking one but just curious
Both my C/Fire's are long with the T 8 on the end being the only difference is SA and LA.

The barrel profile's are the same size so if needed both mods will fit, getting tied up with this for that also vis a versa is a myth. Being capable with the ability to use a rifle in a seat, wood, stubble shooting off the bonnet should not be affected by the length of the rifle.
Ability and fieldcraft are the factors whether it is a free hand muntjac at 10 yards or a fallow at 300.

Learn what you can do with the rifle and practice..
 

Dickie

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Why not if it gives you good reason to have a second rifle, you go out in the morning trip and clatter the rifle but don’t have time to check the zero put dropped rifle in the cabinet and take out rifle 2.
 

25 Sharps

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Hi all,
Just wondering if people use the same calibre i.e. .308 but 2 different rifles one for high seats and one for stalking and if so why?
My gut feel is that its probably a yes and that the dedicated high seat rifle may be heavier barrelled compared to the stalking one but just curious
It’s just an excuse to firearms to get another rifle 100% pure and simple!!
 
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