Congrats on the successful hunt! I have the same rifle and I had some work done to it as well, had some lead added to the buttstock and forend for balance and had a new buttpad installed. The rifle is a hair over 12.5 pounds and it handles like a dream for me. It balances so well for me that I don't notice the extra weight that much. It has become my favorite rifle in my collection. I hope to be able to field test it very soon!!