You see a lot of people obsessing at great length about the weight of rifles. To the extent that weight has become one of the strongest selling points, and seems to have been at least partially reponsible for the drive toward ever shorter barrels.
And yet how much do we actually notice any difference in weight? The weight difference between some over engineered >£1000 rifle and a budget 'heavy' rifle is less than the weight of water+mud most of us pick up just wandering around. And worrying about weight is pure nonsense if the first thing you're going to do is whack a bipod, moderator and x50 variable scope on the rifle.
I refuse to belive that we are collectively so pathetic that we are likley to collapse under the extra pound or so that goes into a sturdy traditional rifle.
So is it really just another more or less meaningless sales metric (like tube size on scopes) that we're better off ignoring?