I shoot a Christensen arms in 300 RUM topped with a Leupold vx-5hd 3-15x44. It's still around 8 pounds but compared to my Weatherby Accumark, in 300 Weatherby it's like a toy. The people that hold my rifle are shocked at how heavy it's not! I've attached a pic of my last day at the range...the top hole was the cold bore shot...and the rest settled in together nicely! Just don't forget your ear plugs or you will do some serious permanent damage to your hearing with that muzzle break!