I got bored tonight and decided to break out the scale and determine how much weight I’ve actually been carrying around in the woods this year. If you had asked me earlier this afternoon I would have told you that my hunting rifles, unloaded, with optics and slings probably average 7 1/2 lbs. I would have told you that my heaviest my Ruger No. 1 with it’s Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50 was well out ahead of it’s competitors at around 9 1/2 lbs. I would have also told you that my Kimber 84M in 308 probably tipped the scales at just over 6 lbs with it’s 2-7X Leupold and sling. Well, after putting them all on the scale the No. 1 came in at a hefty 10.11 lbs and the svelte, little Kimber is pushing 7 at 6.92 lbs. My average among the six rifles that I consider true deer rifles is 8.86 lbs. Nothing ground breaking here as several of those rifles are topped with large, heavy scopes, but I’ll admit to being a little surprised that my average was so close to 9 lbs. I’ve seen so many writers refer to 7 1/2 lbs as their gold standard in a hunting rifle that I just always figured my cross-section of hunting rifles was bound to come up close to that weight. I was “weigh” off base. Pun intended. So how much does your favorite hunting rifle weigh? If you’ve never put it on a scale, try it and see if the results don’t surprise you a little.