But in the early 1980s, Forbes, who is the most mechanically aptituded human being I've ever met, took what he had learned in two decades as a country gunsmith and designed all the excess weight out of the bolt-action rifle he planned to build. He eliminated ounces here, and fractions of ounces there, and when he built his very first rifle, a .308, it weighed 5 pounds and a few ounces with scope, and it shot. Nothing was chopped, hacked, or gouged. The actions are as strong as anything you can buy, and the barrels are all No. 1 contour or heavier if you want it.