I love to hike so my rifles get carried a lot. With that in mind I sent my 375 Ruger off to a gunsmith to loose weight. So far he's cut the barrel to 16 inches and shaved a bit of metal off both the barrel and the action. He also replaced the safari style sights (they are 3oz) with a lighter Williams front site. I ordered a quick detach peep site I'll install if the scope ever breaks. I'm using a plastic stock that I glass bedded. The total weight for this rifle should be 6.8 lbs plus whatever scope I put on it. I'll post pictures when it gets back. This is what it did look like. I might be a bit crazy but here's the logic. I handload so I'll load down a bit so that ballistics are basically between a 376 Steyr and a 375 H&H. Recoil should be manageable. In a sense I'm "wasting " cartridge capacity by making a carbine out of a magnum. On the other hand all the alternatives I looked into were either harder to handload (350 Remington Magnum, 376 Steyr) or I'd take a real step down in power (358 Winchester). This project should be about as handy as my 308 Ruger Scout rifle while being a lot better if I chase a grizzly. Even with lighter loads this thing should reach 400 yards IF I use a range finder and my 2-7 scope. My hope is that it will basically be my one "do everything " rifle for big game. Not too heavy for sheep and not too small for brown bear. Anybody else build a "mountain bear gun?"