I own a Remington Model 700 Sendero 7mm Rem magnum. I love this gun and it shoots way better than I do. The only problem I have with it is the weight. With scope, bipod, ammo, and sling it weighs about 10 3/4 lbs. I'm looking for a lighter all around rifle for antelope, deer, sheep, elk. The caliber I'm leaning towards is .308win but I'm not set on it. I won't lie, I'm not a guy that can handle a lot of recoil without flinching. The 7mm rem mag doesn't bother me but the gun is heavy and that has tamed it quite a bit. I know that a lighter rifle is going to have a greater felt recoil than a heavier gun. I'm not a long range guy, I feel comfortable out to 300 yards with any of my current guns and the very max I would shoot is 400 yards. Is this caliber sufficient at 400 yards or less to kill any of the above mentioned game animals.
What other caliber would you recommend for a light weight hunting rifle?
Keep in mind I want a 22" barrel and 6-7lb bare gun at purchase.