does anyone have a Weatherby mark v accumark. i am looking at one in a 300 win mag. For those that have one, do you like it? at damn near 10 lbs scoped do you find it real heavy for packing around in the field or bush? what did you use for a scope?
Not Mark V's, but I've been hunting with 9 1/2 to 10# rifles for 40 some years.
My most recent rifle, and fast becoming my most favorite, is a .300 Weatherby Vanguard that with 4-12x Leupold, sling, and fully loaded weighs right at 10#.
I've taken my Rem 700 SS in .375 RUM on two hunts in Zimbabwe and South Africa, including pursuing Vaal Rhebok in the mountains near Jamestown South Africa. This rifle also weighs 10# with 2-7x Leupold, sling, and fully loaded.
For the past 30 years, the rifle that I've taken the most game with is my .257 AI in a Mark X Mauser. It weighs 9 3/4# with it's 6x Leupold scope, sling, and fully loaded. I've carried it over many miles of eastern Montana and Wyoming on dozens of Pronghorn hunts, and to the tops of many mountains in several of Montana's unlimited Bighorn sheep units and in Canada's MacKenzie mountains hunting Dall sheep and Mountain Caribou.
From 1971 to 2003 I carried my 9 1/2# .30-06/.30 Gibbs every fall on Colorado and Montana elk hunts, two Montana Moose hunts, and a couple of DIY, solo, November Montana Mountain goat hunts.
I have a couple of lighter rifles (.270 Win and 7 mm RM) but they spend more time in the safe than the other rifles I described above. I find the weight of the .300 Wby and .375 RUM beneficial in reducing the recoil of these rifles.
the recoil reduction was one of the pros of the weight for sure. I love on the prairies where we do a lot more truck hunting then hiking, so the weight that way isn't an issue either. I do go hunting in bc alot though and its all hiking. The 300 i have had for the last 10 yrs is about 9 lbs with scope, sling and fully loaded so its not like its a big step up in weight by any means. just more curious on peoples general impression with the accumark.
Not only recoil reduction but a heavier rifle from any shooting position holds quite a bit steadyer. This going to really light rifles I believe has passed the point where it's a good Idea. For me a 6.5 to 7.5 pound rifle is just right.
I have one in 257 Weatherby. I have not packed it around yet, but it's a quality weapon and I love shooting it at the range. I have a Leupold VX-III 4.5-14 on it. Depending on how the applications go this year, I might get to pack it this fall. I don't think you will regret the purchase. It does not have the cheap feel of a lot of non-wood stocks.
I just got back from my elk trip to Colorado and must say that I learned quite a bit about hiking in that one trip. I researched all I could on the internet and thought I was prepared going out. For the most part I was but I want to pass on a few major things I learned that helped me drastically!
1. Pack light. I know this may sound like common sense but believe me. After reading everyone's advice on what you need to pack, chances are your pack will end up weighing more...