I'm new to this forum but prowl many others. I am about to purchase a new rifle. I was leaning toward the Weatherby Mark V in 7mm Rem. Mag. but I was not real happy about the weight,8-3/4 pounds w/out scope & mounts - 26" barrel. I can get the same rifle in .308 Win. weighing in @ 7-1/4 pounds - 24" barrel. I like the idea of a lighter rifle. I'm concerned about the ballistics if I go with the lighter gun. Both rounds are good but... I will use the rifle for Deer & Elk. Hunting is done in Idaho & Wyoming. Any suggestions/recommendations would be helpful.