My wife decided my Remington 742 in 30-06 is too heavy for her to hunt with, and she's wanting something lighter. The recoil doesn't bother her, just the weight of the gun (9 lbs empty). She wants to stay with an auto-loader. The only lighter semi-autos I can think of are the Remington carbines (basically just a 742/750 with an 18.5" barrel vs. the 22" barrel of the regular version) and the BAR ShortTrac (which is kinda pricey). Oh, and she's a lefty. I'm kinda thinking if we go with a .308, the shorter action will cut some weight also. The ARs, AKs, and other military-look guns ain't happening, as neither of us feel they are attractive aesthetically, and not anything we want to hunt with. Any suggestions are welcome.