Hemi, I got one myself in the 7MM-08 5 years ago from Academy, $179 stainless optima barrel. Works out as a great little shooting tripod gun for me and fun to carry around on spot and stalk with sling. Like you said, it's not real light so absorbs recoil OK. I put a Limbsaver on the back and helped out a bit too. Like mine for something a bit easier to handle.