I love McManus…when he released his book, “The Night the Bear Ate Gumbah”…he came through Loveland on a book signing tour. I got to meet him, shake his hand, he signed several of my books. My kids were little at the time, they had me read McManus stories to them at bedtime for the next few months…Yes, Pat McManus is my role model! I think all his story’s are about my life. Except I’m Rancid Crabtree.
Yes, I was thinking of a Fusil De Chase because of their smaller dimensions ,length and lighter weight!A big bore Jaeger with swamped barrel is perfect fit for those who want a light-weight rifled & well balanced hunting rifle, another rifled is a big bore English styled sporting rifle with a swamped barrel.
A french styled smoothie also fits the bill for those of us who are unable to pack heavy iron in the backwoods.
I find the Swamped barrel to bring out the "balance" in a rifle the best. (IMHO). Mine come up to the shoulder easily and just "hang there" nicely. I would not want to hold the position for 10 mins (LOL) but, they do balance well and the sights are right on!Mine are all light in weight coming well under 8 lbs. I could always handle - around 9 lbs or a bit more - a heavier rifle with no complaints. I have one that goes 10.5 lbs and I don't like walking the bush with that one, I had to be close to the truck. The .50 is 7 lbs & 2 oz and the heaviest .45 is 7 lbs & 11oz; those are no problem partly due to the swamped barrels.
Follow a dog in hills all day and every pound off the weight of your gun is a great gift.I haven’t weighed it. The specs say 7.05 lbs. The unmentionable I can’t afford (but want) is 6.7 lbs. The unmentionable I have says something like “This gun is sooooo light, we HAD to do something about the recoil, so we came up with the comfortech recoil reduction system.” That gun is 8 pounds. I think the marketing weighs more than the gun. And 8 pounds doesn’t seem that light to me. But it does kick far less than my cheap break open unmentionable that weighs 6.65 lbs. Honestly, I didn’t think a pound would make a big difference, but the Pedersoli is easier to carry around than my modern gun, which is a plus for me. So your 5.8 lbs. is probably quite nice, but for me, not necessary.
I remember his book--I loved it as a teenager--very well written and inspiring. I don't go too crazy, but I keep my hunting kit as light as possible. My prefferred unmentionable firearm is around 6.5lbs loaded, including scope and sling. I have a recently acquired T/C Seneca for muzzle loader hunting which is around 6lbs. My only other muzzle loader is >9lb and I've never taken it hunting because I just don't enjoy hiking with it. The rest of my hunting kit includes a small day pack with a thermos, pruner, folding stool, drag line and usually a book. Since I tyically go out for 3-4 hours at a stretch, that's all I need.Follow a dog in hills all day and every pound off the weight of your gun is a great gift.
There was an author named Colin Fletcher who was an industrial strength back packer. Days or weeks on the trail on any given trek. He was fanatical about the weight of his pack. Even shaved down the handle of his tooth brush. What I learned from him was to give careful consideration to anything I am contemplating bringing on a moving hunt. Pare out all inessential gewgaws and gimcracks. But pretty much the only time you can pare weight off your gun is when you are shopping to buy it.
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