I think you'll end up heavier by a good bit than your Fieldcraft. Like over a pound heavier. Maybe 2.Alright guys,
My wife has given the go ahead to build a new rifle!
I’ve been using a Fieldcraft 6.5 CM, quite effectively, but want something new.
Here is what I’m thinking so far. Feel free to critique or post your experiences with any of the parts.
Action: Terminus Apollo Lite/Ti
Chassis: MDT HNT26, folding stock, Arca
Trigger: Triggertech Primary
Barrels: Preferred Barrel or Carbon 6 Pre-fit. 18” 6.5 CM 7.5 twist and 16” 338 Fed.
Scope: Nightforce NXS 2.5-10x42 Mil
Suppressor: Rugged Alaskan 360 Ti (already in jail)
Ammunition: G9 Defense 113 Long Range Hunters for the 6.5 and Federal Trophy Copper 200 for the 338 Fed.
(I have several years supply of both right now)
The goal is a lightweight, compact, rifle that will double duty for both sheep and also larger critters or when hunting on Kodiak. I’m set on those calibers. I plan on swapping barrels 1 or 2x a year.
I’ve looked at the WTO Switchlug System, but the shouldered pre-fit route looks simpler and more reliable. I don’t need to change barrels in the field, I can do that at home in my shop. I’d rather not have to remove my scope to change barrels but will do so if necessary. If anyone has a suggestion for rings that will make that easier, let me know. I see that some guys on Snipershide change out barrels using a rubber strap wrench that puts about 30 ft./lbs of torque on and call it good. Critique away.
The Apollo light is a porker of a titanium action. Certain stainless actions are lighter. The fieldcraft's is.
Preferred doesn't have a in house steel contour that is light at all. Unless you have them do something custom. Carbon barrels are heavier than sporter steel and way heavier than featherweight contours in steel. (My Douglas featherweight is 19oz lighter than my proof.)
If you really want a chassis, then that's the one to get, but after all the little bits on it, it's a lot heavier than one of the purposely light carbon stocks.
I understand the sickness. But to me, it looks like you're going backwards in a sheep rifle from what you have.