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Old October 14, 2021, 07:32 PM   #26
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You'll be surprised by how mild the recoil is. I have 7,500 bullets for mine.
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Old October 15, 2021, 10:48 AM   #27
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You mention this as I was thinking to myself what this puppy is going to weigh. I could tote it through the field if I really wanted to, but between the stock, action, barrel, scope, etc. I think it is going to be a “camp out in corner of field hoping a woodchuck pops up” kind of rifle. Probably going to be close to 8 or 9 pounds…. then with the mild recoil?? Pleasure to take out for sure!!
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Old October 15, 2021, 03:33 PM   #28
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Yeah mine's fairly heavy with the synthetic stock. A lot will depend on your barrel.
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Old October 17, 2021, 07:39 AM   #29
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Did you see the photos?? Bull contour, 1” at the muzzle. But the tube only comes in at like 3 pounds and change because of the carbon fiber wrap.
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Old October 17, 2021, 10:35 AM   #30
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Barrel shouldn't be bad then. You using a wood stock?
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Old October 17, 2021, 03:46 PM   #31
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Yes, a Boyd’s Hardwood At-One. I’ll have to get photos once its put back together. Bought the upgraded parts with the over molded rubber on the forend and target wrist panels for a more upright grip. The overmolded rubber forend is also beavertail so its flat on the bottom. Great for resting on a bag. Stock is pretty light up front, sporter style. Back end with all the hardware and gizmos is the heavier side, which is a good thing from what I have read.

I plan on setting the stock for myself and just leaving it there. My wife doesn’t do much rifle shooting and the little one isn’t here, yet, so no need to change it anytime soon. I also have a 6-18x40 or 50 with steel Warne Rings and an EGW Picatinny Rail to bridge the two bridges. I find that a one piece scope rail is superior to two piece mounts. But that is splitting hairs.

I think this is going to be one tame little rig. Can’t wait to scare the stuffing out of some woodchucks on my cousin’s farm.
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Old October 17, 2021, 07:13 PM   #32
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Oh it won't scare them it will splatter them. LOL. I have a good time shooting them myself.
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Old October 17, 2021, 07:26 PM   #33
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Speaking of splattering them... Took the 300 WSM out, snapped one off at a chuck maybe 75 yards away. Pink mist. I am sure you understand JUST how gratifying that is... Even just getting a shot off at them is a drug!!

That is a huge slug moving pretty quick. Blunt force trauma alone would ruin its day.

This thing is going to be a smaller pill moving just as fast if not faster. Poor thing isn't going to know what hit it. All this talk is going to cause me to daydream.....
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Old October 17, 2021, 08:00 PM   #34
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I hate woodchucks since i was a kid. Damn near flipped a tractor with a narrow front end. I was raking hay and the hole didn't have a mound around. Both front tires hit the hole. Never met a farmer that will deny you shooting them. You and your wife will enjoy the 6.5. I have mine for a year and have 2000 rounds down the tube.. I was only 7 when i hit that hole.
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Old October 19, 2021, 06:37 PM   #35
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Talk about OUCH!!! My cousin's farm has its fair share of groundhog holes. If we waffle any, he usually either fixes dinner or takes us out for a bite after chorin'.

Even gives us the seemingly unfair advantage of the water truck to flush those bums out. One guy will pump the tunnel full of water, and the rest of us will line up looking for the exit hole, and put a bit of lead downrange.

All this chewing the fat makes me want to suit up and perch on the corner of a field right about now!!
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Old October 19, 2021, 07:03 PM   #36
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That water truck is cheating. LOL
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Old October 19, 2021, 07:06 PM   #37
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I usually take a whistle with me when I see 1 I blow the whistle to get them to stand up. Then shoot them.
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Old October 20, 2021, 03:29 PM   #38
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Dude… cheating or not. You cannot sit there and tell me with a straight face that it would not be just about as entertaining as anything to see those suckers shoot out of their hole followed by a steady stream of water???? Hahahahah

I’ve done the old whistlepig thing, too. That seems to be a foolproof solution. They stand up like they are showing off to some mate, and BAM!!!
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Old October 20, 2021, 06:26 PM   #39
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Never did the water thing. But yeah it would be neat.
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Old October 21, 2021, 04:06 PM   #40
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Can’t wait to get this thing back so I can start hewing out the barrel channel on the stock.

It’s all assembly once the barreled action returns to me. Tick Tock!!!
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