So I bought a Savage model 12 .308 a few years ago... 26" varmint profile stainless etc. I cut it down to 20" and it shoots quite good but its darn heavy at 10lbs plus with a scope. I decided I needed to have "one rifle" and I needed it to be a short action, iron sights, compact and stainless. I also wanted it to be "enough" for big game.
I went and bought a stainless .358 barrel and when it arrived the profile was a bit bigger and heavier than I imagined. I can't remember the brand at the moment but it was one of those $199.99 ones from Midway. I of course being a compact rifle kind of guy cut and crowned it at 20" and it still seems pretty heavy. <sigh>
Convince me to keep going with this and dump more money into a rifle or cut my losses and buy something new...
In the end I'll of course do what I want, but I may get some interesting info from some of you.
Maybe I just should have bought a .308 or .338 federal with a lower profile and left it alone. lol