Originally Posted by CorrosiveTendency
The bull barrel is going to add a good bit of weight to any gun. If you are going to be hiking in to more remote locations or doing a lot of spot and stalk, you will be kicking yourself from the tired hands and arms.
I'm not disagreeing...totally. The barrel is so short that the added weight is negligible. I think my Ruger BA is better made than the Remington 700 series that are twice as expensive. Now that's just personal opinion, but I guarantee you there are a lot of people who would argue that point.
My best advice to the OP is to go to a store (Cabelas, Bass Pro
, Academy, etc.) and hold each of them. See what feels right in the OP's hands. Another good brand to check out is Tikka (or something like that). The Tikka is a much better balanced gun. It's all in what the OP is comfortable with.