I'm looking for a new lightweight hunting rifle for my girlfriend. She currently has a youth model .308 vanguard, the weight fully scoped is 8 pounds. The recoil is not an issue at all with 150 grain bullets. She made two perfect 100 yard lung shots on a bull elk last fall and he just took off. We finally got him, and discovered that the bullets only penetrated about 8 inches! These were bonded bullets and they did not over expand. The .308 with a short barrel just does not have it, especially since my girlfriend is very capable of taking the 400+ yard shots. I've been looking at the tikka lite rifles in .270 win, and .270 WSM. Weight is an important factor, but so is excessive recoil. I plan on loading 130 grain bullets at 3000 FPS, the tikka 270 win has a 22.5" barrel so I would have to load near the max to get that performance. The 270 WSM has a 24.5" barrel and weighs just 6.5 pounds. Looking at recoil calculators it appears that if I loaded the WSM down to 3000 FPS with 130's, then the recoil would actually be slightly less than the 270 win at comparable velocities. It would also be nice to have a gun that was capable of pushing to higher velocities for the longer shots. Does anyone have some first hand experience with reduced loads for the 270 WSM?