Way back when I was not as wise as I am now, I got it in my head that every rifle had an ideal weight based on caliber, and that generally speaking, light was better in any firearm. None of this was my fault. (None of anything is my fault.) Those prominent gun writers of the mid-20th century, Warren Page and Jack O’Connor, were constantly reminding us how light their rifles were, and how dumb we all were for hauling around vast and weighty assemblages of steel and wood. Townsend Whelen, alone among the top tier of the profession, did not buy into light. His rifles weighed a lot. This was because he was strong as an ox, and because he was mostly a shooter at paper, as opposed to a hunter.