When I built mine it was for service matches. The stainless lower put just under a pound on the weight of the rifle plus lead in the butt got the total to around 13 pounds. Also it is where it adds weight, low. This rifle produced my first perfect scores in the rapid fire stages as it did not move under recoil. Besides, back then the bare receiver was under $100 so I thought why not. Still have that rifle and would not part with it.