At this point all I own are heavy, long barreled rifles. I'm tired of packing really heavy rifles and am needing thoughts or information on making an rifle with an 18" barrel. I'm thinking of 338 EDGE as I already am set up for loading this one. Is it feasable to use an short barreled 338 that is also much lighter in weight, or is this thing going to recoil like crazy even with an brake. I've checked out the 338 Edge pistol threads, but I am looking for an lighter shorter 338 that is kind to backpacking and is in rifle/not pistol form. Am I looking for the impossible or are there solutions? Maybe what I'm looking for doesn't exist.