How much does your hunting rifle weigh?


December 12, 2008, 10:28 AM
I'm seeing weights vary from ~6.5 to 8.5 pounds.

Does it make that much difference?

This is without optics.

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December 12, 2008, 10:34 AM
It matters depending on the hunting that you are doing.

My primary deer rifle-- loaded with optics-- weights over 14 pounds. It's not a big deal for me since I use it in deer stands-- I'm not carrying it around.

If I were stalking, I would like to cut that weight in half.

-- John

December 12, 2008, 10:34 AM
Mine range between just over 5# to just over 18#, that is with optics.~z

December 12, 2008, 10:38 AM
I hunt on foot. My primary rifle weights in at under eight pounds with optic.

December 12, 2008, 10:39 AM
Hunters like lightweight rifles, ambushers don't care.

December 12, 2008, 10:44 AM
Hunters like lightweight rifles, ambushers don't care.

Let's not make this a discussion about what you consider is hunting.

-- John

December 12, 2008, 11:31 AM
Rem 700 .30-06, Thumbhole laminate stock, stainless 26" fluted barrel, Leupold VX-II. Loaded weights just over 11lbs. I dont find it a bother to carry all day at all and Im a pretty small guy. A good non slip sling helps.

December 12, 2008, 11:40 AM
They're all under 8lbs. I hunt on foot in thick stuff with lever actions so that's with sights/optics, sling and all.

December 12, 2008, 12:29 PM
Any rifle is to heavy when you are carrying it and to light when you are shooting it.

December 12, 2008, 12:50 PM
Most around 15-20LBS fully loaded w/optics

Friendly, Don't Fire!
December 12, 2008, 12:53 PM
Mine is as heavy as a Bushmaster M4 (with a Leupold scope).;)

Ben Shepherd
December 12, 2008, 01:11 PM
Just a shade under 7 lbs.

December 12, 2008, 01:14 PM
Too much is the answer. Try 10 pounds. My own fault for not knowing the Saiga .223 had a heavy bull barrel thanks to it being an underbored 7.62.

Good news: it gives me a real reason to lift weights. And I WILL be adding a bipod to it in the near future.

Deer Hunter
December 12, 2008, 02:40 PM
10 or 11 pounds. That includes scope and 20 round magazine. :)


The Bushmaster
December 12, 2008, 03:08 PM
Which one. My Winchester mod 94 or my Browning .30-06 with scope?

December 12, 2008, 03:36 PM
I have a Win 94 30/30 ( and a Sako .308 ( I guess both are under 7 lbs, 8lbs for sure but I don't really know. Neither are heavy.

December 12, 2008, 05:33 PM

About 3 and a quarter lbs., loaded, w/sights.



December 12, 2008, 05:38 PM
The one I used to hunt with was ~7.5 lbs. Remington 742 in 6mm Rem.
The one I am currently using weighs in around 9.5 lbs. M1A Loaded. It's really not that bad with a sling though. I killed a doe on opening day and I had to hold the rifle up while being still for about 40 seconds or so before she finally gave me a shot. A sling is a must have on a heavy hunting rifle.


December 12, 2008, 05:45 PM
About 6 1/2 lbs. fully loaded unless I'm using one of my Redhawks.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
December 12, 2008, 05:49 PM
4" barreled 500 Magnum will be the only gun I will be hunting with.

For that, I have a nice hip holster.

December 12, 2008, 07:40 PM
Almost 9 with good glass - for woods deer hunting - may build another around 7ish.

December 12, 2008, 07:43 PM
4" barreled 500 Magnum will be the only gun I will be hunting with.

:eek:Holy crap! Why on Earth? They do make those things with longer barrels you know... :p


December 12, 2008, 07:45 PM
10 or 11 pounds. Mosin-Nagant 91/30, and I don't hunt from a stand either, alot of walking.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
December 12, 2008, 07:51 PM
I like the short barrel. I reload for it and have real accurate loads using 275g Barnes X bullets (XPB).

Why carry a 10" barrel if I only need the 4"? Besides, some days the 500 can be my CCW.

December 12, 2008, 07:56 PM
My main hunting rifle wieghs about 8.5lb, a AR 15. That is scope and bipod included, it could be lighter, but i have a heavy barrel....

December 12, 2008, 08:16 PM
i have a few but the one ive been using most is an H&R 1871 in 308 with a 4x weaver scope. about 2" groups but 6# with about 250$ total in it.

December 12, 2008, 09:05 PM
Every year it weighs more. Seems to be right up with my spare tire now.

December 12, 2008, 09:58 PM
My Rem 760 .30-06 is by nature a light rifle, but I fixed that by adding weight to make it 10.5 lbs. Even with 220 grain bullets it now recoils like a .243. All my tree stands are less than 100 yards from my house, so weight is not a problem.

December 12, 2008, 10:11 PM
After sighting in my Father's Remington 7400 30-06, then my Mother's Remington 700 .243, and then my fat hog of a LR-308 a few weeks ago, I came to realize something:

I've hunted with EBRs so long that I really can't shoot a light sporter all that well anymore. We were not using all that great of a rest to sight in, and I found that I didn't hold the sporter rifles all that steady, or should I say that it took more effort to stay steady.

Then I dropped my LR-308 on the table and it just sat there like the rock that it is while I squeezed off the trigger with no movement of the crosshairs.

Weight has its trade-offs. For steadier shots, I'll spend a little more time in the gym.

-- John

December 12, 2008, 11:38 PM
I like the short barrel. I reload for it and have real accurate loads using 275g Barnes X bullets (XPB).

Why carry a 10" barrel if I only need the 4"? Besides, some days the 500 can be my CCW.
Hey, if it suits you then more power to ya, friend.


December 12, 2008, 11:40 PM
9-13 depending on what I take.

Art Eatman
December 12, 2008, 11:53 PM
For thirty-some years I put in many a ten- to fifteen-mile walking hunt with 9.5 pounds of '06. Not every day during the season, of course, and a good many short hunts of no more than a few miles, but the weight wasn't all that big a deal.

Not until that last hour before getting back to camp, anyhow. :D

Ssomething about hitting age 70 made justifying a 700 Ti just really easy. :D:D:D

December 13, 2008, 11:49 AM
It depends on the hunter. I've tried form 5 1/2 to 12 lbs. My back can't handle carrying over about 6 1/2 lbs anymore and I recently had shoulder surgery so this year I went with a 6 lb AR and liked it. I tried a 6.5 lb '06 mountain rifle but that got to be hard on my shoulder. My 7mm 700 is great for stand hunting. it's a little over 8 lbs. I also sometimes hunt with a 30-30, about 7 lbs, and a .357 pistol. On some states they must have 6 inch barrels.

December 13, 2008, 11:50 AM
Well, going up the scale:

6lb-1oz Win. 94 Trapper .44 with Williams peep

8lb Ruger No.1A .30-06 w 3-9X scope

9lb- 12oz Rem 700 Varmint .308 w/ 6-24X scope

I really haven't planned to take the varmint rifle into the woods but it is not as heavy as I would have guessed.

December 13, 2008, 04:34 PM
my 308 Browning A-Bolt Micro weighs 6 1/4 empty with no optics, so i fugure right around 7 with 3 rounds my scope and sling. It feels very light though because of the cut down dimensions...

December 13, 2008, 09:46 PM
Most of mine are around 10 pounds. I gave up on the lightweight rifle idea. I find that heavier rifles hold steadier and kick less and 3 lbs of extra weight isn't all that significant IMO. If weight and fatigue were really important to me I would start by going on a diet as I could stand to lose 20 lbs or more.

December 13, 2008, 09:51 PM
I like heeeeeavy rifles. They are more stable, and allow for faster recovery for follow-up shots. My lightest centerfire hunting rifle weighs in at 12 pounds, and the heaviest just over 18 pounds.

December 13, 2008, 09:56 PM
With optics loaded and bi pod attached probably around 12 pounds, its definitely no light hike but I love her.

December 14, 2008, 07:49 AM
the lighter, the better, at least until you pull the trigger. but seriously, you drag this thing all over the place. up and down hills, through miles of open prarrie, thich forrest, swamps,over river and streams, all for (hopefully) ONE shot. so, in my mind, and in my hands, the lighter the better. light powerful guns are not fun to shoot (they kick like a freaking mule) but the bullet does not know that. if you are going to shoot it a bunch, you want a heavier rifle, but if its sole purpose is taking game, try to figure out a way to lighten it as much as is practicle. i am even comtemplating hollowing out a spot in my stock to lighten it up some. of course i would probably put in some survival gear in there if i do it, so i am not sure how much weight i would save. but even then, a few small plastic things should weigh less than solid walnut.

December 14, 2008, 08:18 AM
Mosin-Nagant 91/30, and I don't hunt from a stand either, alot of walking.

finally someone who hunts with a mosin. i use an m44 with the 91/30 pu scope.

dagger dog
December 14, 2008, 09:23 AM
Savage 12 FV, .223 REM. 5 rds ammo, Bell and Carlson Duramax stock, Warne one peice scope base and Perma split rings, Burris Fullfield II 4.5X14 scope, Harris 1A2-25C bipod,padded leather sling with swivels = 13.5 lbs.

Thats the heaviest, all the rest feel like tooth picks compared to that rig!

December 14, 2008, 10:34 AM
My type 38 is about 5# maybe 6 max.

My 30-06 is atleast 8 to 8.5

my other one weighs in at 12.5# but that is my varmint rifle.

December 14, 2008, 12:36 PM
Model 700 Mountain Rifle is something like 6.5 lbs without optics (don't really remember since it was over 20 years ago when I bought it) plus another 14 ounces with scope and rings. In a 30-06 this thing causes pain after a half-dozen shots, but it is very pleasant to carry.

December 14, 2008, 01:12 PM
10 lbs. with full load, and optics.

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