Field target rifles on the lighter side

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  1. Marcevsy

    Marcevsy New Member

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    I used to own an FTP900 with a Nikko Targetmaster scope, which I found was a little to heavy for me so I got rid, so now I'm looking for a new rig that's lighter...What competition Field target rifle/scope combos does anybody recommend towards the lighter side?.
     
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    Only one I can think of is an MPR.
     
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    If you lose the massive stripper on the end of the FTP and the barrel shroud you take off nearly a pound, which also brings the weight a lot further back and makes it feel even lighter.

    Edit: Sorry, just read you've already got rid of the FTP
     
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    Unless you are happy to go fixed mag, most of the higher magnification adjustable scopes weigh in the region of 2 lbs. The lighter options would be Leupold 20-50 which you would have to find second hand, or the Leupold Competition 45 mag (fixed) or Sightron 45 mag (fixed). If you go to lower magnification scopes then the weight drops a bit especially if you go front focus.

    As for rifles, something like the AA HFT500 would be lighter than the FTP900, even a stripped down one, or the ACZ/ FX Streamline as sold by Sure Shot, or maybe an Anschutz 9015 in the wooden stock. Often though, balance is more important that outright weight, that said, I sold my FTP900 because it was just a bit too heavy for me.
     
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    The FTP900 is 5.0 kg according to the AirArms website
    The HFT500 is 3.7 kg (but that is without a hamster).
    The Walther LG400 Field Target is 4.0 kg
    The Anschutz 9015 Precise is 4.6 kg
    The Anschutz 9015 One Field Target is 4.2 kg
    The Steyr LG110 Challenge FT is 4.75 kg
    (all weights are from their manufacturers websites)

    The LG400 saves you 1 kg over the FTP900 and may be a good choice for a low weight rifle that still is fully adjustable (unlike the HFT500). You can also change the maxi steel cilinder of the LG400 for a aluminum cilinder and save another 0,47 kg! (see Walther Air Cylinders ) .
    The LG400 with the aluminium cilinder will then weigh only 3.53 kg.

    Good luck with your choice.
    PS: a March 8-80 scope weighs 0,845 kg and is one of the lighter scopes compared to the Schmidt & Bender, Sightron or Nikko who go over the 1.0 kg. The Leupold Comp40 is even lighter than that with 0.575 kg.
     
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    Thanks for your reply's everyone...will did a little deeper.
     
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    Look for a 2nd hand Ev2 in a popular stock.
     
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    A poplar choice! ;)
     
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    And difficult to find for sale.
     
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    FWB800 Basic. I removed the shroud and replaced the cheek pad and the butt plate with lighter versions. It weights under 10 pounds - complete with hamster, bipod, sidewheel, rail and Leup comp.
     
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    Adding to the weight lists from above

    FWB 800 FT 4.6 Kilo (10.14 pounds) the basic is listed as 3.7 Kilos (8.15 pounds)
     
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    what's your thoughts on the Walther LG400 FT (wooden stock and alutec) and where would you go to buy one has they seem hard to find?...thoughts much appreciated.
     
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    Speak to Optics Warehouse about the LG400.
     
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    The lg400 action is one of the lightest(with an ali cylinder) and would be where I would start if I where out to build a lightweight ft rig.

    The actual differences between many of the guns,comes from all the add ons ,huge scope ,hefty butt hook etc.

    Even the way the gun is set up,can have a marked effect on how it handles.

    Something super lightweight may not handle as you like and feel un balanced, the same with a heavier gun, getting the setup right can make it feel alot lighter in use.

    The 'actual' weight of the gun and the 'felt' weight are very different things.

    Even things like having a scope with a shorter eye relief can help bring the weight back towards you, for the majority that alone will bring the balance point back towards you and itl feel lighter...
     
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    Yep, as you say, how much something weighs makes some difference but where that weight is and how it's distributed affects things as well. An unbalanced rifle will feel heavier than one of the same weight. And different positions affect the optimum as well.
     

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