Lightweight Hunting Rifles with Chris Barrett | SHOT 2017

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing has usually been more concerned with Military and LE customers than the hunting crowd. Until recently that is, with the company brining to market their Fieldcraft line of extremely lightweight hunting rifles in a multitude of calibers. Coming in at around five pounds per rifle, the design has really shaved weight from a traditional hunting set up.

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  • Anonymoose

    But does it come in .416?

  • Bill

    While I’ve always leaned towards the Scout model, I believe that there is a definite place for a scope sighted bolt gun in the patrol car, as an adjunct to the AR. It doesn’t have to be a 12 pound precision rifle in .460 CheyTac, but capable of longer, more precise shots, defeating cover, and where appropriate, putting down a moose, bear or elk.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    They have to be one of my favorite american success stories. Looks like a solid gun and I love just about anything Barrett does.

  • Marcus D.

    Light weight is nice, but 5 lbs for a .308? Or some of the long action rounds? OUCH!

  • Tassiebush

    Looks like a great entry into that space. Ultralight rifles is an important niche and it’s especially great to see the closely matching action sizes. I thought Miles was going to try to walk off with it.