OK, I picked up the new 77/357 about an hour ago. Seems to be functional; and light. So far so good. I'll cycle rounds through it in the morning, and mount the new scope. The weather is being the wrong kind of March-like, probably won't bore sight it until Wednesday. The black stock makes a nice contrast with the stainless metal. The rubber butt-pad should have zero cushioning effect, but I shouldn't need any, eh?