Hi there everybody. I have been trying to decide on a lightweight rifle with some really defined parameters. I have the Heavy weights covered in .338 RUM and Lapua (though I am a sucker for big .338s), as well as small 5.56 through 6.5's. I also have a tikka T3 Varmint in 7 Rem mag ( that my land up being traded for a 300 Win), but either way it will go into a chassis of some sort. The main whole in the cabinet is a fast handling mid sized rifle that I can use for sheep and goats, saving me a bit of weight. Here are my requirements/wants - Three lug action (no compromise on this, I like the short throw) -Short to medium action, NO LONG -preferably factory offered - detachable mag or hinged floor (no blind mag) -under 7 lbs (the lighter the better) -Stainless -fluted -fiberglass or carbon fiber stock replacements available -no muzzle break - 24" barrel or less - crf or a hybrid, no push feeds -locking bolt with the ability to unload with the safety on -Capable of Grizzly bear deterrence (not hunting them, but I have had run ins) Its a long list, but I think it would make a sweet rifle. My preference is .284 bullets, but unfortunately there are no short action 7mm's available that I know of other than the 7-08 (too slow). My favorite 7mm chambering is the .284 win, but again no factory offerings. Keep in mind to that I live in Canada and anything firearms related is at least +30%. So that leaves me with really the x-bolt and the Sako 85. I am not a fan of browning, as I have been around a lot (probably the most common rifle around here) and I have never seen an exceptional shooter. I love the look and feel of the 85's but they only offer fairly common chambering's. the price is hefty too but I feel that they are probably the best out there other than a full custom (which is still a lot more than even the finnlight). So, is there anything that can compete with the .270 WSM, Sako 85 finnlight with a McMillan gamescout? I thought of the same rifle in 7-08 and have the barrel reamed to .284 win, but for the extra cost probably not worth it...? .284 is probably a bit small for the true short action anyways... My other thought was suck it up and go long action and do whatever chambering I want, I just love that short throw in the thick stuff.... The last question is - are there adequate "slick" bullets in .277 nowadays to compete with the 7mm's. Thanks guys!