Not to turn this into a debate on scopes, but any scope maker puts out bad ones from time to time......Period. The more scopes they make, the more bad ones will hit the market.
In my experiences, Most of the time
Leupold optics are good to go. I've sent back a couple out of maybe 10 or 12. Most of the time,
Nightforce scopes are gtg. I've sent back 1 out of 4. It was the brand new compact model (probably didn't have all the bugs worked out yet).
I have some 40mm Leupolds, and they have been great up until the very last few minutes of legal light when on max power. 12X is about all I can use with a 40mm objective at very low light. If you intend on low light shooting on 16X, I highly recommend a 50mm objective. Swarovski has some tremendous optics, but aren't yet really being classified as "long range" scopes. They are surely light weight though; and most that buy them, seem to buy them because of optics and weight. I know one guy that bought one for long range with a 338 Win Mag, but he is still testing loads.
As Oliveralan mentioned; "you cannot cram 3 vastly different task into one rifle. There is no way you will be competitive in f-class or BR with an 8.5lb rifle"
this is very true...................Not saying you can't run with the big dogs, just saying you're unlikely to finish the race with them.
IMO, the best mid range hunting rifles are fairly light and manuverable, the best long range and precision rifles are heavy and solid. It's pretty hard for most to shoot an 8# rifle with extreme precision, even if the rifle is built for it. It takes a fair amount of practice to shoot an 8# or 9# rifle really