Thanks everyone for weighing in
I don't see anything less than 7 lbs, which is what I expected. I don't think
even the hawkey Compact will make the 6.6 lb mark, with sling and scope, much less a butt cuff and ammo.
As I recall, when the Col. started the Scout Rifle project, it was an excercise in perfection. Which certainly is a worthy
goal, but I just wonder if too much is made of "making weight".
This is of course very subjective, but the differance between my Compact and 03A3 (7 Vs. 9 lbs) is somewhat noticable,
but not that big of deal. On the other hand, the differance between the 03A3 and the 460 G&A (12.9) is certainly
a huge diferance.
I also found it interesting that not many people keep ammo on their rifle. My rifles were all weighed as shown, with butt cuff
and ammo. A picture is below. The only reason I added the 460, is because it is the heaviest rifle I own. 12 lbs 9 oz with
5 rounds in the magazine. But in this case, that is a GOOD thing
I think my 16" 94 with plastic furniture *might* come in right at 6 lbs, or a bit less, when it is done, with irons. We shall see.
Personally, I am of the opinion that if your GP/Scout rifle weighs between 7-9 lbs, and you are happy with it, it is what it is.
Enjoy it, and shoot the hell out of it.
P.s. you AR people, on the other hand, REALLY NEED to get a real rifle. A 16" 94 or 336.