I felt the same way about my seven mag. Gave it to my only child; otherwise, I'd still hunt it now. Very hard to beat (IMHO) in the one-gun-does-it-all department.You laid it out perfectly & completely. Well done sir.
I got a Browning A-Bolt ll in 7mm Rem mag. With the BOSS brake. Absolute tack driver. The only issue is - using the right bullet for what you are shooting. IMHO The 7mm mag took the versatility & effective range that the wonderfully famous 30.06 has & took every aspect into the next level. It will take varmints & small critters - groundhogs with the lightest bullets & it will handle any large game at extended ranges very well. I always loved the fact that my 100yd zero was still on point at 300yds. I'm a huge fan of the .30 cal, but that 7mm is as versatile & utilitarian as any gun ever made. I got a 300 WM IN ANOTHER a-Bolt & found out very fast that it was so far beyond " overkill " for anything I was ably to do, expensive to shoot too. I sold it inside a yr. When I started learning the ballistics aspects of the two, the 7mm won out there too for me.