When I was deploying I was constantly searching for a good load bearing solution. I wanted a chest rig that allowed me to carry everything I wanted, was easy to pull mags from and didn’t interfere with shooting from the prone or alternate positions. I tried a lot of options but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.
Last year I picked up 2 Velocity Systems/Mayflower R&C chest rigs and decided to r…un one as a dedicated LR loadout and one for 5.56 carbine use. The Gen V UW Chest Rig Split front is the closest I’ve seen to exactly what I wanted and the surprising part is it’s not intended as a dedicated precision rifle rig. The modular design allows me to swap between FN SCAR 17 mags, Magpul Industries Corp. AR10 mags, and with some adjustments I can run AI style .308/6.5C 10 round steel mags. Additionally I can carry a Terrapin LRF, Kestrel Ballistics device, med kit, multi tool, basic survival / emergency items, a flashlight, pistol mag and there’s still room for note taking materials, snacks and a water bottle. Basically everything I would need for a short term patrol, back country day hunt or a precision rifle class.
I can unzip the front and easily drop to the prone position or alternate positions without it interfering and it’s small enough I can stow it in a backpack with room for a jacket or wet weather gear. It’s a slick setup that has earned a permanent place in my go to gear list at this point. If you’re looking for something similar I’d definitely recommend taking a look at it.