Haha, I wake at 4 AM to take my time and eat some warm oatmeal. Not a necessity but helpful nonetheless. Time is no object as "O-Dark Thirty" was a way of life in the Marine Corps. One thing I did get tired of was carrying the weight. Hence the desire to drop weight on the gear including the rifle.
Right now I carry a Remington 700 BDL in .270 WIN. Stoked with Federal Nosler Accubonds at 140 grains, I am hoping to maximize the potential for my area and muleys. In the Weminuche Wilderness, there are opportunities for distance shots. My goal is to get it dialed in for 400 yards making everything closer that much easier. I haven't weighed the rifle/scope package (9lbs maybe?) but I know it is still a little heavier than what I would like to carry. Weight, cost, effectiveness, etc.. Trade offs, you know?
As you know, the weight to benefit ratio is important to the bivy hunter. When you bivy hunted for deer, what was your estimated pack weight?