Both my "shooters" are Win model 70s. The 7mm Rem mag weighs in at an even 10 lbs fully loaded with scope and sling. The 375HH comes in at an even 11 lbs. Neither are lightweights but the weight mitigates a lot of recoil and they hold steadier. I have my triggers set at about 3 lbs, no slack, no take up. They break like a glass rod.
My Whelen is 9 pounds field ready and my 25 is 8.5 pounds both have triggers at 2.5 pounds. Both fit like a glove and hang nicely.
At my age I do notice the weight at the end of the day but hey that's part of hunting.
I like by RJ Renner 7x57 at 7 lbs scoped..my 375 Ruger Hawkeye at 7.5 naked, and 8.5 with 3X Leupold...A 404 Jefferys at 9 lbs. I don't care for overly heavy rifles nor extreme fwt guns, middle of the road for me..however there are circumstances wherein things change, such as my 11 pound double rifles and I wouldn't want them t weigh less...It not an open and shut question, common since prevails as a rule..
Mule deer and Colorado elk seasons almost done! Hunters driving farm roads, looking for racks, their PH driving them along, I ask that you not pull into my drive. The buck behind me, on the boundary line of the GMU somehow knows. The hunter laughs, I would invite you in to see my Searcy rifles but social distancing prevails, darkness arrives and the buck slides away into secret tree grove...