Idle time on my hands and I have the need to tinker... I've got a .300 RUM RMEF edition from a few years back. I've got a muzzle brake and R3 (Sims) recoil pad on it. It really shoots pretty well mannered, and I've been shooting quite a lot lately trying to work up a nice handload for it. So anyhow, like I was saying, idle time on my hands, so I start getting the thinkies, and started thinking about the weight of the gun. As near as I can tell, the gun weighs about 8 lbs + the scope. So I got to thinking "What if I added some weight to reduce the recoil even more?" Cuz when it comes down to it, I really don't think I'd give a rat's behind about hauling a few extra pounds around the prairie. If I was gonna be packing in the mountains, it'd be more of a concern to me. For SoDak deer, I'm not worried about it. So here's my thought: there's a nice hollow space in the stock. I could take the recoil pad off, fill the space with some bismuth or steel shot (guessing I could get a couple pounds in there). Is this the dumbest idea ever? Mostly I'm just thinking all macho man stuff aside, why not ditch some more recoil? Is there a better way to add weight to a rifle than that? Besides adding a big ol' custom barrel?