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#1 peeker seeker

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 12:58 AM

Do I really need a heavy barrel. Im thinking on a savage 223. Hunting mostly coyotes and jacks and some almond goephers. maybe 3 shots at the most. yotes and jacks are all one shot kills or a fallow up. with the squirrels . ill let it cool between 3 shots. the slender barrels are lighter, and about 100 bucks less :o PS I do alot of walking. and Im lazzy. :unsure: I like the lighter guns because thay are quicker for me. :P

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 04:40 AM

For a walking varminter? Absoulutly not! No need for a heavy BBL.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 05:12 AM

Do I really need a heavy barrel

Not for your intended purpose.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 06:28 AM

But Damn the heav barrel just look so cool

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 07:13 AM

I agree that for what you want and need it for you do not need a heavy barrel. If you were sitting at a bench shooting squirrels all day a heavy barrel would be my choice. But a pencil barreled rifle is perfect for what you need it for. You can do more than three shots with it too. :lol:

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:30 AM

Just pickied up a winchester Mod. 70 featherweitht 223 so I could walk a little with it. At my age the weight of a heavey barrel does not sit well. Should get it friday. See how it shoots.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 09:19 AM

Sounds like you've got your answer!

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 03:55 PM

Hey, I'm old (58) and semi-out of shape and can handle a heavy barreled, 12lb cannon all day long. (as long as I'm close to the truck that is. LOL)Seriously, you should go with whatever YOU like, and it definitely sounds like the lighter rifle going by your note. And is probably more popular with predator hunters anyhow (as we can see by all the responses). Anyway, all 3 of my predator rifles are heavy & would not want them any other way for various reasons, one being that it holds steady as an anchor on a shooting stick. But that's just me! All The Best in Your Decision Frank

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 04:17 PM

Check out the Win. "Coyote Lite" if they are still available. They weigh somewhere around 7lbs. with a med-heavy barrel. Im almost done paying mine off. Can't wait!

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 05:54 PM

OK, you can have the sporter barrel but to be fair to the Varmints you have to fill your pockets with rocks when you hunt.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 06:10 PM

Buy whatever you want and have Frank pack it for you . :rolleyes: Really for a coyote/random acts of happiness gun , I dont see a gain with the larger diameter tube . IMO Clint

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 06:10 PM

OK then its going to be just like the 2506 , except in 223.. Maybe around July. :P If I can wate that long. :( Thanks for the enfo. :) Dog poo Maybe June :( Or or when the wifes at work? :rolleyes: Next pay day ? NO NO wife can shoot :( DOG DOG POOO POOOO)JUNE :P DO DOG POOO My wife knows to much about my guns. :( B) :P

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 06:25 PM

JULY , you cant wait that long ! Put the Mrs. on the phone let me talk to her for you . I'm really good at smoothing things over .

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 07:14 PM

The "gain" will be actually "hitting" your target instead of all around it (sound familiar?)... including extreme distances... due to it's heavy / STEADIER weight... Hits, NOT a carrying or "walking rifle", is what counts; That's what cats & dogs are for... But to be fair, the neighbor girl should carry, "or walk" your anorexic rifle for you?

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 07:49 PM

Purpose of Heavy BBL Heats up slower,then it takes longer to cool down. Plus its supose to minimize BBL vibration. Float the light BBL or maybe Savage has already down that.Thin BBLs can and do print clover leaf groups frequently.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:00 PM

Yanno, IMO the heavy barrel is better for all the reasons stated. I have felt that carrying equipment and a heavy rifle was the easy job considering the other guys(Varmint)job is to die. If you like a light weight fast handling rifle consider the Ruger Ranch Rifle with a 4X or 6X scope.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:45 PM

Or just get one that is fluted that way you have the best of both worlds.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:50 PM

Coyote slayer has a valid point so Get a Remington 700 LV-SF its a light rifle with a heavy Fluted BBL.It has great potential in 223 or 221. Some people have said that Rifle in 221fireball is getting nearly Bench rest accuracy. Under 1/4 inch groups at 100yds.

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 07:03 AM

Under 1/4 inch groups at 100yds.

I have several stock guns that shoot under a 1/4 groups at 100 yards. But you have to spend some reloading time to do that. :mellow:

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 10:36 PM

My rifle is pushing 14lbs and I just use a neoprene sling and carry it all day.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 04:59 AM

Hey its a great work out.




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