I have no hunting rig over 8 1/2 lbs complete scope and ammo and that includes a Brown precision 338 win mag. I don't know how folks can carry a 10+ lb rig in the field, but half of my hunting party are doing just that. Other than that 338 all of my other rigs are between 7 and 8 lbs complete except for a titanium Remington 7-08 at 6 1/4. All wear 22 to 24" barrels with the heaviest being a Shilen #3. I have one gun in the safe that wears a 26" barrel and that is a 280 AI X-bolt. As it is only 40 to 50 FPS faster than my 24" 280 AI I am seeking to trim it down to 24"