Ok, I'll chime in and start with some initial considerations.
Back in 2007 I went on a 31 day hunt with a fellow LRHr. I wasn't in the best of health figuring that sugar was the problem. However I still managed to walk way more miles than I would have figured. Some walks were very steep, up and down, some were along ancient roads. From that year to the 2009 season things went down hill to where I could only hike the 30 min hike to my favorite hide only carrying a bottle of water and some snacks. Son in law carried the pack and the rifle.
After removal of one important organ and another lesser one things are on the up side but I have aged those 3 years.
So what have I learned since then?
Carry-Long Range Rifle #1
: After the arrival of Berger Hybrids, the butt ugly REM 700 LH with a Holland QD brake, Holland recoil lug, Rem 338 RUM sporter take off barrel and a 20 MOA cant on the Weaver 4.5-14 weighing in at under 10.5 pounds. The rig as shown by a young fella by the name of Crofoot is coyote accurate to 1177 yds. (no more mil-dot hold overs. Just clicks good for further that I should ever shoot at anything but rocks.
Carry-Long Range Rifle #2
: 270 Allen Magnum build on a Rem 721 action, 30"-8 twist, fluted 3-groove Lilja bbl, self-modified B&C cheapie stock, Zeiss 6.5-20 Conquest w/heavy duplex reticle weighing in at 12.5 pounds. Shooting 150 Noslers she's good for coyote size animals out to 1472 yards, my longest first shot hit on a coyote size rock. With 169 WC she's good for deer at least that far. With my own creation of 160gr higher bc bullets she'll be good for maybe a mile.
I can carry these two rifles, when carried properly, over any terrain that I ever could carry anything. Only slower
Long rang rifle, no carry for very far:
375 Allen Magnum. Bat action, 30/31" pac-nor barrel, jewell trigger, Mc A5 stock, the largest APS PK Brake, a couple of sets of Night Force rings, a Simmons 3-9 gold ring scope...........
gotcha on that one. Actually NXS 6.5-22X56 NPR1.
If this sucker needs to be carried, my LTB (Less Than Bright) 6'7" 275 # son-in-law or a donkey is gonna carry it.
This rig should be here very shortly.
BTW, I didn't care about the 16 lb limit on the 375 AM, as Gov. Otter played right into my hand, by screwing the woofers. The 16 pound limit is for big game only. So the woof not any longer being big game........
AND, if I were limited to any one of these rifles for all around work, long range, short range, carry, ambush, etc. Hands down it would be the 338 RUM.