I have been looking at the ruger m77 compact. 16.5 inch barrel, real light, in stainless it's 6 lbs. Anyone carry one in the high country? I am looking for a compact, light pack gun mainly for sheep or goat but will also use on high alpine deer hunts. The gun comes in several calibers. .223 .243 .260 7mm-08 .308. I was leaning toward .243 for I already have the brass and dies but wanted to know what other thought.
What caliber do most of you shoot also? I want to make sure I buy the best caliber for the gun and its use.
Comments on any of the other compact rifles are welcome also. I am just starting to shop around.
Thanks in advance for the tips.