After trying a lot of guns, I settled on a Tikka T3 in 308 for my walking-around hunting. Acceptable recoil, light enough to carry, affordable price (so you won't make the $700 with optic). But then, usually around 200 yards is where I try to limit my shots, unless I have a fixed stand with known distances to shoot.
I used to love being able to hit hard at 1000 yards. As I get older I find hitting a mini ram at 200 yards with the 22 oddly more satisfying.