Recently I resuscitated an old compact Ruger m77 in 308 to use as a mountain rifle/loaner. I have been pondering why I don't care for it much. It is a fine caliber. I guess it is because my first high power rifle was a 7.65 Argentina Mauser, which is close to a 308, but kicked me mercilessly when I was a skinny kid. I often begged my neighbor to use his 7.7 Arisaka, which he had restocked. The 270 was my dream cartridge, thanks to Jack O'Connor. I got one as soon as I could afford it. I have strayed to 45-70, 35 Rem, 358 Win, 257 Roberts, and have had a couple 22 Hornets to use on groundhogs. Later, I found a 375 H&H. That led me to a couple other big calibers. People suggested 7 mm Rem Mag and 300 Win Mag for distant sheep. My wife says I seem to be open to suggestion. Then a couple weeks ago, I was seduced by a Ruger Hawkeye in 6.5 creedmoor. Sweet! I have not showed it to my 270, yet, but geez, it's time to move into the 21st Century! So my excuses for not focusing on 308 are mostly based on distractions, and a bad start. It's a good cartridge.