I have handled a few, and am torn between the compact, standard, and predator models. I handled a 7mm-08 compact at a LGS yesterday, and it felt really nice, very quick pointing and short with the 18" barrel. I looked at a predator last summer and it was definitely heftier. Although I don't love the green stock (and I would probably stick with the factory stock for the time being), the barrel profile is my primary hangup. The purpose of the rifle would be some occasional mid range informal steel/target shooting (300-500 yards, maybe further if the opportunity presents), deer hunting in CO with likely shots in the 300 yard range, and potentially an elk if the opportunity arises, although it isn't currently in the works. I wouldn't anticipate ever shooting more than a 5 - 10 shots (slowly) without time for cool down. For those that have worked with these: given that I don't plan on bench rest shooting long strings of shots is there any advantage to the heavier barrel of the predator? I assume they are all made to the same standard with the same process, just a different profile, so there wouldn't be a significant accuracy advantage to the heavy barrel assuming cool barrel? Any other advice, thoughts or other recommendations on these would be appreciated as well.