Thanks for all the replies guys. The last few years he's used a 6.75 (before scope) 7-08of mine. He says this coming season he's using my Win 94 30-30 unless he finds a lighter gun.
Yes, most shots here are under 200 yards.
He has arthritis pretty bad and the heavy guns are just too much for him to steady anymore.
Thanks again. I'll show him the savage I posted. 5lb 5 oz I think it was. But honestly. I think he'll be fine with my 94. I've killed several with it. Killed two in two shots at 200 yards one season. Perfect shots on both with iron sights. I put a 4x32 scope on it for him to keep it light as possible.