Light rifles, especially carbines, are harder for me to shoot well off the bench. I have no problem hunting with any rifle that will shoot 2" consistently "if it is heavy enough for me to hold still". . My nightmare showed up around 30yrs ago on my first "light bolt rifle", one of the first Ruger 77 Ultralights in .308. I put a leupold 1x4 on it and with Remington factory loads, it would shoot 2" and under from the bench, sometimes around an inch. I shot a doe with it at 25yds in the woods, and it fit that role very well. To check out its "logging road" capablity, I set out a 2 liter coke bottle filled with water at a known 200yds. ZI them leaned against the side of my jeep ( like I would do on a tree or on the log road, and I proceeded to shoot 10rds in total frustration,ha. I could not hit that thing. Now, with my Ruger 77 in .280, I could hit alarm clock size rocks that far!
I never cared for the skinny bbls on Mod 7's, so always rebarreld them with longer, stiffer bbls. I used takeoff bbls from Mod 700's, Adams & Bennett bbls, and only one Shilen #2. I still have the Shilen bbld Mod 7 in the family.
Here out Far West ( that's what the old trappers called Utah,ha) I can shoot far and of course I like tiny groups, but I take whatever I have and shoot out to 400-500 yds , first from a portable bench, then from a field position. Then I know what to expect. I like to keep my first shot at game under 300; under 200 is better. I like to know where I can hit as far out as possible if I have to finish off a wounded animal. For me, I have found my happy medium with sporter weight rifles for everything. I have had few Mod 700s that did not shoot better after tweaking them. When I played with muzzleloaders, a 1.5" group felt like I had a benchrest gun,ha. I shot a spike buck, offhand, around 150yds with a sabot .44 XTP over 110gr pyrodex like no ones business. Peep sight. I also killed a pickup load of deer/hogs as a kid with a Mod 94 in 30-30 that wouldn't hold 6 inches at 100, ha. of course, my longest shot was around 90 steps, all the rest were 50 and under! I think any rifleman wants all he can get from his rifle/load, but as I get older I realize I could have hunted Africa alot more for what I spent on the pursuit of 'the accurate rifle", ha.