Originally Posted by azsugarbear
With your current set up, I'm not sure you will be able to add enough weight to make a big difference, You have a heavy duty caliber in a fairly light rig. Adding a "heavy" scope will only add a pound of addl weight, which won't change felt recoil substantially. What it will do is make the rifle feel top heavy and out of balance. (I'm speaking from personal experience here).
If you want to manage recoil through weight, go with a different configuration of stock with added weight. Any A-5 style from McMillan, Joe Russo, Manners are designed to manage recoil. Adding weight is the next step with heavy scope coming after that.
Most of us just use the muzzle brake, with weight being an added bonus for shot stability - and not for recoil management.
I agree with this assessment.
If this were my rifle, I would first re-stock, using one with a wide forearm and more of a pistol grip, an adjustable cheek pad and free floated barrel, the action should be solid block or pillar bedded for best accuracy. I would also have the muzzel brake in place or replace it with a can (suppressor).
Once your action is bedded well, mount the scope of your choice, don't think of using the scope for added weight to the weapon. From that point I would get the weight set up to balance just infront of the action for an easy horizontal hand carry. I use side mount slings because if you have to crawl to get into position, this set up makes it easy to hold the weapon on top of your arm with a single hand hold.