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very lightweight long gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Skribs, May 24, 2012.

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  1. Skribs

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    I was just wondering what are some really lightweight long guns on the market for the "this-is-too-heavy" type shooter?

    Specifically, I'm thinking of someone who finds my Mossberg 930 SPX to be too heavy (although I wonder if it would make a difference if it didn't have an extended magazine). It is 7.5 pounds, and from what I understand most defensive long guns are in the 6.5-7.5 range.

    What is out there for self-defense long guns that is very lightweight? Including PCCs, .410s, etc.
     
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    mini14 m1carbine leverguns
     
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    Rossi M92- 8+1 of .357 mag that come out of that barrel with comparable energy to a .30-30. Weighs 4.8lbs according to the website. I haven't actually weighed mine.
     
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    Oh, I like that 19-3.

    Memphis, Mini-14 is still 6.75-7 lb. I think I'll look at that Rossi M92.
     
  5. jmr40

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    Most leverguns are actually quite heavy. My 30-30's weigh as much or more than my 300 mag. Some of the pistol caliber levers are fairly light. Lots of AR's in the 6-6.5 lb range.

    A 20 ga 870 will be around 6-6.5 lb in a shotgun, but buckshot will be wicked in a gun that light.
     
  6. SharpsDressedMan

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    A typical .308 scout rifle can comes in at 6-7 lbs without scope. Mine is about 7 3/4 lbs with scope. It is a delicate balance of "weight vs. power vs. recoil" when choosing a lightweight rifle. You can go lighter, but you will probably either sacrifice range and knockdown, or take a bit more recoil.
     
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    Ithaca M37 Featherlite
     
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    CZ 527 carbine, .223 or 7.62x39mm and a hair over 5lbs.
     
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    Basic pencil-barrel AR-15 with the plastic A2 furniture and no add ons.
     
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    Are you specifically asking for self-defense long guns? If not, The Franchi 48 AL is about the lightest semi-auto shotgun you'll find, at least for under a grand. The 12 is light but the 20 seems almost too light to work. But it works. I haven't handled a 28 yet.

    The M1 Carbine is also quite feathery if you don't put a bunch of crap on it.
     
  11. skeeziks

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    Quote= "The Franchi 48 AL is about the lightest semi-auto shotgun you'll find, at least for under a grand. The 12 is light but the 20 seems almost too light to work. But it works. I haven't handled a 28 yet."

    My 28-ga. 48 AL, that I so stupidly sold, was one of the best balanced repeaters that I've ever shot. She was a beaut! I bought it back in 1982 and sold it in 1989. I miss her alot.
     
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    Just remember, that the lighter you go, the more the recoil increases
     
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    Model 92 in Rossi, clone copy's or Winchester are very light 5.5 Lbs or so. Good pistol round lever gun. .357 , 45 colt 44 mag. You may even find a 454 cas.

    DMH
     
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    Self defense specific, yes.
     
  15. Jim Watson

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    A lever action carbine is light, and in a pistol caliber will not recoil badly.
    But swinging the lever takes significant effort.
    If the user has trouble picking it up he/she will have trouble cranking the action.
     
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    Keltec SU16 in .223.
     
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    The Beretta CX-4 storm is 5.68 lbs. Pistol caliber, but you'll get more velocity out of the rounds with a rifle-length barrel and recoil shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    I don't have the exact weight, but any caliber of KelTec sub 2000 is really light. That is, if you don't bolt any stuff onto it. I think that they would Mary a handy SD gun.
     
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    M1 carbine 5.2lbs empty. Will give anything within 100yds reason to leave you alone.
     
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    I have an AR-15 with a PCF lower assembly and a Stag arms 3H flattop. Weighs 5.92 with a 1x4 Leupold scope.
     
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    Keltec SU 16 is lightweight. Pistol-caliber leverguns, surprisingly, very lightweight.

    In the original magazine-tube configuration (4 + 1), the 930 is very handy, and familiar. Not much lighter, but the balance changes significantly, for the better. I'd prefer the handling characteristics of the the semi-auto sg (traditional rifle/sg stock, ample forend to hold onto), simple controls, quicker (for me) to find the bead and shoulder and point. 930 HD SEC is a cheaper option, less bells/whistles (regular bead, no dot-sights, no rails).

    Much of the choice may depend on other considerations (layout of house, urban/suburban/rural, distances, backstops, potential threat probabilities, available funds). I'd be happy to be have any one of those options (930, SU 16C, Marlin/Rossi in .44 or .357) for HD.
     
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    A1 upper w/pencil barrel on a Cav Arms lower. About 5 lbs. With a GI web sling and it will consistently hit a 20" 'D' target at 300 yards. Everything you need, nothing you don't.

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    Or the Sub-2000.
     
  25. jmr40

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    This, or something very similar is the answer
     
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