i've had a cabelas alaskan guide model framepack for a long time. it's not a bad pack. it's heavy, there's a lot of things on it i don't use. so i modified it. i studied engineering in college, but i had a PE in redneck engineering by the time i was in highschool.
here's the evolution of my frame pack. i took tubing cutters and made a tripod swivel out of the extendible top bar. i took off the freighter pod bottom. i cut out the rainfly, i cut half the straps(including the ones for the soft pack part) and took a lot of padding out,
One of the things I struggle with when afield is keeping my rifle clean and in good working order. Small amounts of dust and dirt collect moisture; moisture can freeze rendering your action immovable when you need it most. I have seen this happen on multiple occasions, and over time, I’ve learned the cause and how to prevent this from happening.
The first thing that you need to avoid before going afield is leaving excess oil on the gun. Oil will trap dirt and sand in all the wrong places....