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    To change a 10.5lb LV PPC into 30BR?

    I have a spare LV 6PPC that i was thinking of rebarreling to a 30BR. What are the disadvantages of a 10.5lb compared to a 13.5lb rifle? Not concerned in keeping it at 10.5lb as the barrel will be a few inches longer than my 20" ppc barrel. So it might be closer to 11lb or so. Apart from weight, i guessing recoil will be more? by much? will it jump in the bags more? The centre of gravity will be more forward than ideal, will that matter if i shoot whilst holding the rifle as opposed to free recoil? Or my other option is to get a new HV 30Br built at a $5K cost.

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    I bought a Change Barrel in 30BR for my 6PPC. And a barrel vise. Problem solved. It is a 10.5 lb LV with the weights not installed and a 13.5 pound HV with them in.

    Bob

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    While it might not seem like much in theory, there is a noticeable recoil difference in a 10.5 pound 30BR and a 13.5 pound 30BR. After a Grand Agg, you will notice.

    And yes, screwing a HV barrel onto a LV frame will make it front heavy. You will notice this with the butt stock wanting to hop out of the bag every now and then. Many Rifles have a weight system to counter this, but in truth, if you are building a 30 BR, out really should start with a stock that has the added material to help get the weight up to 13.5.

    I have been there and done all of this. I am not trying to be discouraging, but VFS is EXTREMLY competitive. If you want to enjoy it and be competitive, you really should start with a dedicated Heavy Varmint Platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie schmidt View Post
    While it might not seem like much in theory, there is a noticeable recoil difference in a 10.5 pound 30BR and a 13.5 pound 30BR. After a Grand Agg, you will notice.

    And yes, screwing a HV barrel onto a LV frame will make it front heavy. You will notice this with the butt stock wanting to hop out of the bag every now and then. Many Rifles have a weight system to counter this, but in truth, if you are building a 30 BR, out really should start with a stock that has the added material to help get the weight up to 13.5.

    I have been there and done all of this. I am not trying to be discouraging, but VFS is EXTREMLY competitive. If you want to enjoy it and be competitive, you really should start with a dedicated Heavy Varmint Platform.
    Thanks for your honest reply Jackie. I did have reservations in doing it on a LV stock as i didn't want to walk away from a match with a sore shoulder and saying "im not doing that again" Your reply emphasised that point. I'll have a chat to a gunsmith this week and get HV underway.

    cheers

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    “I’m not doing that again” is exactly what I said after using my .30BR is a group match at Dublin Georgia. I finished well, even shot a .038 group, but went home feeling punished.There’s another aspect to this shooting a .30BR in an LV and that is the punishment you subject your scope to. That’s a lot more felt recoil for the scope. You’ll need double screw rings if you go that way and the scope itself may well suffer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBecigneul View Post
    “I’m not doing that again” is exactly what I said after using my .30BR is a group match at Dublin Georgia. I finished well, even shot a .038 group, but went home feeling punished.There’s another aspect to this shooting a .30BR in an LV and that is the punishment you subject your scope to. That’s a lot more felt recoil for the scope. You’ll need double screw rings if you go that way and the scope itself may well suffer...
    Thanks FB, i think i might use my 6PPC in the LV class for score and get a HV score rifle built. I was just shown an updated rule book by one of australias hall of famers. I was looking at an out of date rulebook, as i read it, i can use my 10.5lb LV group rifle in the LV score matches. And our HV score rifles are 14lb max limit.

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