My Marlin 45-70SBL with sling and scope is about 8.5 pounds. Add the 2 LBS suppressor on the end of the barrel and its now a 10.5 pound gun. Im old and fat but I still carry it. Then again I dont walk as far as I use to.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 26 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple. Wish my wife did as well...