Any rifle hunting enthusiast? I just would like to know if there is any negative about hunting with a full stock rifle, since I don't usually see hunters hunting with this type of rifles.
You explanation make a lot of sense...true that the Mannlicher looks nice, but the full stock wood kill the purpose of a rifle ( accuracy ). why did they come out with this full stock? I would prefer accuracy over beauty on a rifle.TNFrank said:The less stock that touches the barrel the more accurate on average your rifle will be. That's why you full float the barrel so that you can slip a dollar bill between the stock and barrel then bed the action in so it'll fit snuggly into the stock. With a Mannlicher style stock you have more of a chance for wood to touch the barrel and stop it from it's natural vibration and thus hinder accuracy.
Still, they do look really nice and I'm sure if you set them up properly they'll still be plenty accurate for "Minute of Deer" for hunting purposes.
I hear you. That's sucks because it wasn't easy to find this rifle. When I was looking for it, no one had it. Oh well at least it would look great on my wall, jeje!!havik72 said:I am an avid hunter out west where we frequently see long range shooting (I.e. 200 to 300 yards is standard fair, 300 to 500 yards is not unheard of if you are capable, and 500+ is available, but I don't recommend unless you REALLY know what you are doing...don't want any inhumane shots after all).
I shoot an accurized Winchester model 70 in 7mm magnum with a fully floated barrel, etc. I commonly shoot to 500 yards successfully, and at that range you will see the adverse results of not free floating your barrel, etc., but if you are shooting under 150 yards the difference is really negligible in my experience unless you are shooting competitively...after all the kill zone on a deer is roughly 6" to 10" in diameter, so +/- 1.5" is not exactly a major issue if you can otherwise shoot accurately.
The bigger issue for me is the risk of even a floated wood stock swelling in winter weather and affecting your shot even more. As was said by others a floated stock is only the thickness of a dollar bill away from your barrel...not tough to imagine swelling to contact the barrel. The more wood that is in contact with the barrel, the greater the chance of poor performance at distance in bad weather...especially if humidity is at play.
My advice...great gun for the range or the gun library, but get a hunting rifle designed for the purpose and conditions if you intend to shoot live animals, and enjoy the meat that will follow!!! Just my $.02 for what it's worth!!!