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Is this Savage .17hmr Mako model too heavy to shoot off hand? Would it have to "bench rested"?
Do you have any opinions on this specific model? Thanks.
 

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A little heavy for offhand to most. But, I have an Anschuts 64 MPR that is heavy.

Unlike most though, I use a sling which helps steadyness and also lightens the load.

Most people don't bother with a sling. But I will help any rifleman.

So, you'll just have to borrow a heavy rimfire and shoot it to see if you can tolerate it.
 

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It might be a little heavy; it’s hard to say. Those laminated stocks with all the lightning holes don’t weigh very much.
I’ve got a laminated stock on my 10/22 conversion and the gun weighs about four pounds.
And no lightning holes in my stock.
But the biggest reduction in weight came from the Volquartsen tensioned carbon fiber barrel.
I think it weighs less than a pound, it’s very light.
Go to a shop and handle some steel bull barreled .22 or .17 guns, it will give you a close idea of what it will be like. Most look heavier than they are.
My 10/22 conversion
 
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