The 300 was designed to deliver 180 grain bullets into Big Game at ranges in excess of 300 yards. The platform was designed for hunting and, in order to make the recoil more tolerable, weighed 8.5-9 pounds. If you target shoot it, the barrel won't last very long and you won't consider it fun. The '06 you shot will take care of 98% of your hunting needs and you will be able to shoot targets for <$20 a box. It will be fun.