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Don Fischer's picture
Location: Antelope, Ore
Joined: 03/24/2005
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I could drive you nut's with questions right now.

Looking at your photo's, it appears that most of these rifles come in between maybe 9 lbs to maybe 15 lbs? I suppose that is because everything must be carried by the shooter for the full 2 miles? Then reading thru the rules, I saw no mention of a weight limit.

This seems like a very good course for people with hunting weight rifles to really learn better field shooting. Oh yea. I also am noticing that there are a relative few fluted barrels. Due to shot's being spred out so far that heating not a big problem? Also seems like Remington, Savage and something with a winchester saftey and a square block of a bolt shroud are the rifles of choice. Noticed only a few auto loaders. Don't intrest me anyway.

Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA
Joined: 01/05/2007
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There is no weight limit on the rifles. We like to take a permissive approach to equipment-- as long as it's safe (and won't destroy our targets) and the shooter is willing to carry it, it's OK.

I think you don't see many real light rifles because most of these were build for LR and a certain amount of weight is an asset. Likewise, you have to work pretty hard to build a rifle heavier than 16 or 17#. My AI-AW (the one with the square bolt shroud and funny stock) with the bipod, big USO scope, and suppressor, is about 17#, if I remember correctly.

A few of the rifles have fluted barrels, but I don't think there's any correlation. I think it's safe to conclude that if you take a high quality barrel (ie, low stresses built in) and float it properly, getting it hot doesn't cause the POI to drift. I know it doesn't on my AI-AW (.308). During this match you're not shooting enough rounds fast enough to get the barrels too hot to touch anyway.

We have a few guys who shoot AR-10's occaisonally, but with those you basically get more weight for no benefit. I find it easier to shoot bolt rifles anyway.

hope this helps

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Location: Colorado
Joined: 03/10/2002
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Welcome to BGH Zak!

The information on your websites is fantastic! Glad to have you here. Like Don said, we'll probably drive you nuts with all our questions. lol

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