I like short light rifles and am left handed which limits selections significantly. I had never owned a bolt rifle despite multiple 15s,10s and a Nextgen. I bought a Ruger American Compact 308 for $360 new, the scope on it cost more than the rifle. Put a limbsaver 1” slip on pad to get normal length of pull. Rifle shoots 2” groups at 300 yds with Barnes 150gr TTSX factory loads. Dec 2018 shot a 350 lb Nilgai cow ranged at 320 yds. Dropped it where hit with both shoulders broken, both lungs collapsed and fragments of bone lacerating the liver. I am mildly recoil sensitive and can shoot this at the bench in a t shirt. Weighs 5 3/4 lbs. plan to use it on a NM elk hunt in the fall. 36 y/o son shoots a 7-08 and recently bought a Barrett Fieldcraft in 270 to use on the same hunt. 5 1/2 lb rifle, says recoil at the bench is painful, limits shooting to 20 rds. Ruger still makes the compact in 308 for rt handed shooters, take a look.