In my own opinion, 3 to 3.5 pounds is just about right for a hunting rifle. Much lighter and it is just starting to get a little light for carrying around the woods where a fall or accident is a possibility. Anything heavier than 6 pounds should be lowered. That is just a stiff trigger pull and you are not getting the most of your rifle's potential. A lot of rifles can just be adjusted by the owner and you do not need to take it to a gunsmith. Also it is pretty easy to put a new trigger (like the great timney) in yourself. I would not just accept the fact that your rifle has a nasty trigger pull. I think it is something that should definitely be fixed.