Most full-size, bolt-action hunting rifles weigh more or less eight pounds, are around 41 to 42 inches long and have 22- to 24-inch barrels. This means that with scope, sling and everything hunt-ready, the typical rifle rig weighs-in at around nine pounds.
What is too heavy for a hunting rifle?
It’s just too heavy for general purposes. Sadly, 12 to 13 pounds probably represent the maximum practical weight of even a very powerful rifle for most hunters.
How much should a battle rifle weigh?
About 12 lbs fully loaded.
How heavy is too heavy for a gun?
So a slightly heavier gun will help manage recoil and not make you gun-shy. Something around seven pounds total is fairly normal for a hunting setup, remember to account for a scope or other accessories.
What is considered a heavy gun?
According to U.S. Army regulations 320-5 (AR 320-5) “heavy weapons” are all “weapons such as mortars, howitzers, guns, heavy machineguns and recoilless rifles which are usually part of infantry equipment.”
Is 10 pounds too heavy for a hunting rifle?
If you are looking at shooting longer ranges, you should still get as light a rifle as you can, and go a bit heavier on the scope. Light rifle and heavy scope still gets you in under 10 pounds, which is what I find to be the approximate line between easy to carry and hard to carry.